Are We Wired for Empathy?

Are We Wired for Empathy?

…ne another even when we do not mean to. Click To Tweet The Neuroscience of Empathy Iacoboni repeatedly reminded us that we are, literally, wired to connect. Humans are social, and empathy is a fundamental component of the human condition. In the new Afterword to his fascinating book, Mirroring People, Professor Iacoboni points to the importance of this groundbreaking research. Mirror neurons “help us to be empathic and fundamentally attuned to oth…

EmotionAI Virtual Conference

EmotionAI Virtual Conference

…person who transformed his mother’s death into a personal degree in global empathy. For while my life work extends in many directions, the axis remains the same: collaborate with cities and sectors to advance the most imaginative solutions humans are capable of. I share this because if there was ever a time that mankind could benefit from dreaming and designing boldly, it is now. I also remind you if there was ever a time to love, it is always. Th…

Dialogue: Emotions & Racism (#11.5)

Dialogue: Emotions & Racism (#11.5)

…om here on out thank you Jim Steve final comment yeah I you know to me the empathy piece is really critical I don’t think there’s a limit to how much empathy we can have and I think I would hope that more people grow this the empathy side more people in my group white folks and and it’s really reflecting and engage with the communities they live in to sort of do what Jim said make some commitments that you can do on a day-to-day basis because this…

SEL in Higher Education: 2020 Digital Conference

SEL in Higher Education: 2020 Digital Conference

…ith the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore. An Empathy Catalyst in non profit – a Change Agent in EQ & learning & Education for a better world & Future. Solafa is the Chief Executive Officer of Doroob Endowment Company, activating education in Saudi, Sudan & Kenya — and part of the BAC/ Board Advisory Committee for INJAZ -Saudi Arabia برنامج إنجاز السعودية. She is the Education Ambassador of Generation 2030 by Misk Foun…

SEL & Equity in Higher Education (#18)

SEL & Equity in Higher Education (#18)

…her Education (panel 2) What skills will support the dialogue, awareness & empathy needed to build communities of equity? Colleges and universities are increasingly aware of the urgent need to deconstruct racism, sexism & other systemic inequities — how? While much of the needed change is in the systems, what is the “inner work of equity” that will equip people in these institutions to have the conversations needed to do the systemic work? What ar…

Emotional Intelligence and Equity

Emotional Intelligence and Equity

…yond yourself to get out of an isolated, ego-based perspective. Increasing empathy for you and all of us so you can FEEL that we are in this together. Stepping forward on purpose. For an illustration of these steps, see the video to the right, “What is a process that can help to DECONSTRUCT RACISM?” How do we start the ‘heart work’ of equity? Kamilah Drummond-Forrester calls it: “reclaiming our humanity” Click to tweet Why is Equity relevant to em…

Emotional Intelligence Fuels Vital Leadership: Three Essential Skills for High Performing Leaders

Emotional Intelligence Fuels Vital Leadership: Three Essential Skills for High Performing Leaders

…ng a proactive perspective of hope and possibility. Give Yourself Increase Empathy Recognizing, connecting with, and appropriately responding to emotions. Pursue Noble Goals Connecting your daily choices with your overarching sense of purpose. SEI “Success Factors” or “Outcomes” Defined Effectiveness – Capacity to generate results Relationships – Capacity to build and maintain networks Wellbeing – Capacity to maintain optimal energy and functionin…

How to Increase Empathy in Children

How to Increase Empathy in Children

…others. Here are 5 tips, based on the latest research, for how to increase empathy in children. Empathy is the foundation of strong relationships. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. 1. Model empathy for them. The primary way your child will learn about empathy, and many other things, is by observing you. So working to improve your empathy as a parent is one of the best things you can do to help your child develop this essential skill. Are you as em…

How to Increase Your Empathy

How to Increase Your Empathy

…making statements to asking questions – and it really helps increase your empathy. Want to increase your empathy? Try curiosity – replacing statements with questions Click To Tweet Empathy, especially for strangers, starts with exposure to people who are different than us. Research has found that contact with people of different races increases our empathy toward them at a neurological level. So if you want to increase your empathy, widen your ci…

Empathy vs. Sympathy: What’s the Difference?

Empathy vs. Sympathy: What’s the Difference?

…ys social psychologist @BreneBrown Interesting piece about differentiating empathy vs. sympathy Click to tweet   Empathy vs. Sympathy: Try This Experiment Try this experiment, which I heard expressed by Josh Freedman, Six Seconds’ CEO: When someone’s expressing feelings, & you want to help them solve the problem… what if you just wait a bit? Listen more… affirm that those feelings are real. Accept: it is what it is. Only after all that, then ask:…

Illuminate: Want Empathy? 3 Phrases To Ask for It

Illuminate: Want Empathy? 3 Phrases To Ask for It

…ps! Click to tweet What emotions came up for you when imagining asking for empathy? Where do you feel those emotions in your body? Do you ask for empathy rarely, sometimes, or frequently? How does this impact your relationships? How could asking for more empathy help you get to your goals? PS— Next week is Illuminate’s very first workshop with me:A Workshop for Perfectionists! I can’t wait. If you could use an affordable, powerful, and community-b…

Illuminate: The Best Valentine’s Gift? A Big Box of EMPATHY

Illuminate: The Best Valentine’s Gift? A Big Box of EMPATHY

…even 10% to the opposite side? PS— You know what’s be the hardest kind of empathy for me? SELF-EMPATHY. In Feb 25th’s virtual Workshop for Perfectionists, we’ll talk about research-backed tools (that I’ve personally tested!) for increasing self-compassion. I’d love for you to join us! See you next week! Illuminate is a weekly e-mail series that provides practical tips + galvanizing inspirations for practicing an emotionally intelligent life. In o…

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