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Things Are Good: Conscientiousness Can Lead to Corporate Success

The corporate working world is a tough place and ti’s often assumed that the heartless will have the most success.The myth that that one needs to be like a character from Wall St. in order to advance on the corporate ladder is too common. Instead, you should be conscious of those around you and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Conscientiousness Can Lead to Corporate Success

Writings of J. Todd Ring: A few thoughts on empathy in human beings, and other living creatures

Empathy is natural in human beings, as Jeremy Rifkin has pointed out – and with strong backing by recent scientific findings. Some human beings have more and some less; and some are sociopaths – roughly 1% (and usually, the ones who gravitate to positions of wealth and power, unsurprisingly) – who have a near total . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: A few thoughts on empathy in human beings, and other living creatures

Dead Wild Roses: Empathy Vs. Sympathy – An RSA Short by Dr. Brené Brown

I’m in complete agreement with this animated short. I can see from my own personal experiences the vastly different feelings I get between someone sympathizing with me versus someone who empathizes with me.

 

I can see why empathy is less common – it is waaaaaay harder to achieve because being empathetic requires time, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Empathy Vs. Sympathy – An RSA Short by Dr. Brené Brown

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Can We Teach Caregiving to the Masses? Should We?

Here’s a question I’ve been pondering this week: can excellent caregiving be taught?  Imagine the perfect caregiver… someone who listens with their whole being, someone who enables the disabled with quiet dignity and humor, someone who puts their charge in the spotlight, while they retreat to the shadows.  Can these skills and talents be taught . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Can We Teach Caregiving to the Masses? Should We?

The Canadian Progressive: Compassion creates happiness, freedom and better relationships

Kozo Hattori, a writer and counselor, explains how compassion creates happiness, freedom from gender stereotypes, and better relationships with others.

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The Canadian Progressive: 5 people who used extreme empathy to change the world

English economist and social reformer Beatrice Webb is one of the five “empathy heroes” who changed the world by taking compassion to the extreme.

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Things Are Good: Restorative Justice and Neuroscience

In this TED talk, Daniel Reisel examines how neuroscience backs up the (already obvious) reasons that restorative justice works better than punitive justice.

Melissa Fong: Emotional Intelligence? Can you tell the expression just by their eyes? QUIZ!

It is remarkable how humans can understand emotions. Many of you know that the way to tell a person’s emotions is within their eyes. Forget the smile on their face- […]

Politics, Re-Spun: You Have NOT Grown Numb to Crisis

“The goal was to touch upon the fear of becoming numb to crises that don’t affect you directly.”

With a myriad of crises in the world, we fear becoming numb to their severity and how they can make us so depressed.

I think on a large scale, political, environmental and other crises can . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: You Have NOT Grown Numb to Crisis

Politics, Re-Spun: Eating the Poor

Do you look up to the 1%? How could you?

Come, children, let’s take a look!

Fact:

The world’s 85 richest people hold the same amount of wealth as its 3.5 billion poorest.

Opinion:

“It’s fantastic, and this is a great thing because it inspires everybody, gets them motivation to look up to the . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Eating the Poor

Things Are Good: A Toy Designed to Increase Empathy

Who doesn’t like toys? Nobody! Everybody loves playing and we all can remember the joy that toys bring us when were kids. Now some educators are looking to make a toy that is not only fun but also teaches kids empathy. Empathy is perhaps the most important skill one can acquire in this . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Toy Designed to Increase Empathy

Things Are Good: Literary Fiction Enhances Empathy in Readers

Literary fiction, not popular fiction, can make people better understand one another according to a new study. Because literary fiction (i.e. books not for sale at airports) focuses on the psychology and inner life of the characters it gives people a window into the thoughts of others that aren’t covered elsewhere.

On average, people who . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Literary Fiction Enhances Empathy in Readers

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show generosity and cooperation are both natural and intelligent

A new study shows a mathematical proof that generosity leads to evolutionary success. Biologists offer a mathematically based explanation for why cooperation and generosity have evolved in nature [Credit: Web] “Ever since Darwin,” Plotkin said, “biologists have been puzzled about why there is so much apparent cooperation, and even flat-out generosity and altruism, in nature.” . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show generosity and cooperation are both natural and intelligent

Dead Wild Roses: The Beautiful Bridge of Life

A couple nights ago I was wading about the web, waiting for sleepiness to find me when I came across this video. It exhibits the most beautiful project I’ve seen to in a very long time.

On the surface, it is a colossal exercise of empathy and caring for those in desperate need of . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Beautiful Bridge of Life

Melissa Fong: Boston & People of colour’s pain

Perspectives like mine and others’ that alluded to the fact that killing elsewhere gets less attention than the Boston bombing got a lot of backlash. (I should say that it got more support than criticism, but we always focus on the negative things, don’t we?). One of the main criticisms was that we (myself and . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Boston & People of colour’s pain

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: The GOOD of Good Manners in Caregiving

I am reminded so often that receiving care is a skill that requires training in good manners, empathy for the caregiver and a healthy dose of polite assertiveness.  I found this old blog post from October, 2010 and I think it contains a message that’s worth repeating.

It IS good to receive! Like any other . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: The GOOD of Good Manners in Caregiving

Those Emergency Blues: What I Have Learned from Nursing

The world of nursing on a couple of dozen flash cards. From The Nursing Channel on YouTube. While I don’t agree necessarily with every card — some of them, I think, play into some old stereotypes on how nurses behave — it’s still a fresh perspective on nursing. What do you think?

Filed under: . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: What I Have Learned from Nursing

Politics, Re-Spun: Boycott the National Headshot League (#NHL)

Before I get into my increasingly radical antipathy towards the NHL and NHLPA and their callous disregard for brain injury risks, I’d like you to spend a few moments watching this gratuitous display of intent to injure at a bantam hockey game in Kelowna last month involving teenagers. It will properly explain what I am . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Boycott the National Headshot League (#NHL)

Those Emergency Blues: Nursing Makes Nurses Less Empathetic

Irony alert! The best way to decrease empathy in nurses, apparently, is to actually practice nursing. A new study of nursing students found that

as students gained more clinical exposure, they demonstrated a much greater decline in empathy scores over the year than did those with limited clinical experience during that year. This finding . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Nursing Makes Nurses Less Empathetic