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Empathy as a Factor for Change

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Presentation by Lidewij Niezink at the 'Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference', London, November 2012.

How can we make sure that the research on empathy and compassion contributes to this changing world? By turning it into practice: Empathy Circles combine research from different scientific disciplines into one instrument which helps us to walk the talk.

Want to know more? Contact us at:
www.cultureofempathy.com
www.lidewijniezink.com

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Empathy as a Factor for Change

  1. 1. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change Research in empathy andcompassion as a factor for change: Lidewij Niezink, PhD
  2. 2. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change How our world is ChangingGoogle Books (corpus English) 1900-2008
  3. 3. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change How our world is ChangingGoogle Trends analyzes a portion of Google web searches to compute how many searches havebeen done for the terms youve entered, relative to the total number of searches done on Googleover time.
  4. 4. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeHow our world is Changing
  5. 5. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeProblem: what is empathy?
  6. 6. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeInput from diverse fields of scientific enquiry:•Psychology•Neuroscience•Biology•Philosophy•Arts / Humanities•Anthropology•etc
  7. 7. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeThe Empathy Umbrella: Explosion of output!
  8. 8. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeThe Empathy Umbrella: We all contribute
  9. 9. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change The Empathy Umbrella: How can we come together?Combining Research and Walking the talk:
  10. 10. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change Empathy Circles• Open to anyone with a willingness to practice empathy.• Focussed on deepening different empathic skill components.• Offer a platform: from a need to be heard to a space to listen.• International: online, through Google Hangouts: on youtube
  11. 11. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeEmpathy Circles:
  12. 12. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change Empathy Circles: Intention• Stepping out of reactivity into intentionality.• Behavioral intentions predict intentional behavior (Ajzen, 1991) depending on ultimate interest.• I am willing to empathize: from ultimate (society/ culture) to specific (in this circle).
  13. 13. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeRitualize Intention
  14. 14. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change Empathy Circles: Self-Empathy• Mindfulness / Open awareness• Meta-cognition: the ability to know that we know, to observe that we think (Flavell, 1979).• Self-Compassion: extremely important for emotion regulation (Neff, 2003).• Non-Judgemental
  15. 15. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeEmpathy Circles: Mirrored Empathy
  16. 16. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeEmpathy Circles: Mirrored Empathy
  17. 17. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeEmpathy Circles: Mirrored Empathy
  18. 18. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change Empathy Circles: Reflective Empathy• Rogers: Client Centered Therapy• When reflected: Better Emotion Regulation • Less negative affect after describing conflict • More alignment (language and ideas)
  19. 19. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change Empathy Circles: Imaginative Empathy• Cognitive empathy / theory of mind (ToM) or mentalizing: the ability to represent and understand the mental states of others.• Empathic accuracy: 25-35% (Ickes, 2003)• Block: projection• Perspective taking: self vs other• Story telling / Role play / Fantasizing
  20. 20. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change Empathy Circles: Empathic Arising• Mysterious consequence... Action/creativity• Arising in the moment, signalled by arousal.• A feeling of belonging due to the circle process• Tapping into motivational system• Building resillience?
  21. 21. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeEmpathy Circles:
  22. 22. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change Empathy Circles: Building a Culture• Restorative Empathy Circles• Family Empathy Circles• Mediation Empathy Circles• Scholarly Empathy Circles• Charter for Compassion Book Club Empathy Circles
  23. 23. Empathy Circles: A Factor for Change Empathy Circles: Invitation• Participate in a circle.• Help us in researching the effects of the circles• Join us in applying your findings!• Want to know more? It is all online ;-)
  24. 24. Empathy Circles: A Factor for ChangeBlowing our intention into the world

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