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Empathy



Empathy is the ability to recognize another’s feelings, and it comes in different forms. Cognitive empathy is simply recognizing how another person is feeling or thinking through verbal, tonal, and behavioral cues. Compassionate empathy is more of a developed skill, allowing us to connect with the emotions of another without taking on the full weight of those emotions ourselves. It’s often what most people mean when they refer to empathy or say someone is an “empathetic person.” Emotional empathy is physically reflecting how another person is feeling: if you see someone feeling upset, you also feel the same upset in your own body. It can tune us in deeply to another’s pain, but it can also paralyze us from effectively helping. Some call those who experience emotional empathy “empaths.” Some empaths also deal with hyper-empathy, feeling what others feel so acutely that it becomes unmanageable or disorienting.

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The Power of Empathy: Helen Riess at TEDxMiddlebury

Dr. Riess is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Riess has devoted her career to research on the neuroscience and art of the patient-doctor relationship and teaching psychiatry residents and medical students.

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Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It

A popular speaker and co-founder of The School of Life, Roman Krznaric has traveled the world researching and lecturing on the subject of empathy. In this lively and engaging book, he argues that our brains are wired for social connection.

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Empathy

Empathy is the ability to recognize, understand, and share the thoughts and feelings of another person, animal, or fictional character. Developing empathy is crucial for establishing relationships and behaving compassionately.

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FindCenterFriendship . . . is born at the moment when one man says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .’

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A Radical Experiment in Empathy: Sam Richards at TEDxPSU

Sam Richards is a sociologist and award-winning teacher who has been inspiring undergraduate students at Penn State since 1990.

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The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society

In this thought-provoking book, the acclaimed author of Our Inner Ape examines how empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans.

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Empathy 101

Daniel Goleman looks at three types of empathy that leaders, teachers, and parents should have.

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We Are Built to Be Kind

Greed is good. War is inevitable. Whether in political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry.

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The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World

Empathy is in short supply. We struggle to understand people who aren’t like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States was suffering from an “empathy deficit.

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