Empathy

Oculus, Virtual Reality and Why Books Must Win the Battle for Our Eyesight

Kester Brewin | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

The joke, if your head has been in a bucket the last few days, centres on Facebook's purchase of Oculus VR - a virtual reality start-up that, even though it has yet to release a single product, found itself bought for billions of dollars.

A Friendly Reminder to Everyone About the People Who Serve You Every Day

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Leimon

I've processed everything through the till as I was trained to do. I counted the change out twice. It is absolutely unknown to me what this man seems to be having a problem with and yet he decides to stand there, a heaving queue behind him, and mocks me for a further five minutes in a moment that was truly overwhelming. It's only my first day.

There, There I Know How You Feel

Michael Kallenbach | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Kallenbach

Experts who carried out the study found overall, some of these phrases have a much greater impact on women than they do on men, with around 18 per cent more affected than men by what others say to them in times of need.

What's in It for You?

Jilly Forster | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jilly Forster

A common characteristic of individuals who are successful as business leaders, teachers, parents, spouses, or healthcare professionals is their ability to be empathetic. Empathy builds connection, eases one's stress and allows others to know that they are not alone in the world.

Bringing Emotions Back Into Medicine

Elizabeth Dzeng | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Dzeng

I had always thought I could never be a great doctor because I felt too emotionally bound to my patients. It was impossible for me to hold back tears when feeling that gut wrenching empathy for families mourning the passing of their loved ones. Because it always seemed as if I were the only resident moved by these scenes, I reasoned that this was an unprofessional impulse.

Conquering the Americas - Day One

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

As an employer of nearly 600 people myself, I find that training your teams to empathise with customers in distress and to show respect for other human beings diverts a huge amount of bad feeling and the invariable complaints which follows.

Coca-Cola, Colostomy Bags and Cross-Dressing: Tips for Building Rapid Empathy

Karsten Fischer | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Karsten Fischer

"How many carbohydrates in a can of Coke?" someone asks. "Depends whether it's Diet Coke, regular Coke, or Coke Zero" another responds. Apart from...

Humans Make Dogs Yawn

PA | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK

Dogs yawn along with their owners, revealing a human-like ability to empathise, say scientists. Everyone knows yawns can be contagious, but a new s...

Can Ramadan Challenge Perceptions About British Muslims?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The psychologically challenging and spiritually intense month-long practice is meant to bring a positive change in individual and community life. Behind the natural anguish of fasting lies a unique opportunity for a believer to go through deeper meaning of life - their fleeting existence on earth.

Explained: Why Your Boss Is Such An A**ehole

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The next time your best mate cancels on you for the umpteenth time, or your boss nabs one of your ideas and presents it as his own, suppress that rage...

Psychopathic Brain 'Lacks Basic Hardwiring' To Feel Compassion

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Don't blame Hannibal Lecter, he cannot help being a callous murdering monster. Psychopaths lack basic hardwiring in the brain that enables most peo...

Losing the Plot in the Welfare Debate

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

I don't think anyone seriously denies that welfare reform of some sort is necessary, whether to reduce waste and fraud, to re-establish proper incentive for the unemployed to look for work, or to help restore order to public finances. Around these basic points there's consensus. The question is, however, reforms at what cost, and to whom?

Mentoring in the Workplace: Empathy by the Back Door

Rose Schreiber | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK
Rose Schreiber

While there are many private sector mentoring programmes in place, these are too often seen as 'nice-to-have', but not essential. Many businesses have yet to appreciate the real added value that mentoring can have in many areas of employee performance.

A Univeral Panacea? The Empathy-Led Curriculum

Bansi Kara | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

Empathy, or the lack thereof, causes so many of the daily frustrations in teaching and prevents so much of the learning that could take place in the classroom, that it seems foolhardy to ignore the potential impact of examining this concept in detail.

Paper People

Sahr Jalil | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sahr Jalil

Picture this: You're in the back seat of your car, on a three hour journey to your first term in university. John Green's Paper Towns is open in your lap, but you're too nervous to concentrate on the text so you resort to staring out the window instead.

I'll Be Doing Myself a Favour on World Kindness Day

Andy Fraser | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Fraser

Today is World Kindness Day, and we're all being encouraged to help change the world by committing one simple act of kindness. I for one fully intend to play my part - and not for entirely selfless reasons.

Online Empathy - Erosion or Evolution?

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Tech
Stephen Carrick-Davies

Empathy can be expressed on a spectrum, and how a child responds to a given situation may depend on a range of different complex psychological and child development issues. For example a child on the autistic spectrum may not recognise that their online actions or behaviour may come across as inappropriately blunt.

Can a Compassionate Outlook Drive Our Professional Life?

Vinciane Rycroft | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK
Vinciane Rycroft

As the Dalai Lama shares his message of dialogue and compassion in the UK in the coming days, we might find ourselves wondering whether a compassionate outlook can really be a driving force in our political, economic and social institutions.

Empathy Download

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Carrick-Davies

What did we do before Facebook and Twitter? Were we more tolerant and polite or perhaps just more repressed? Yes these platforms have made it easier and quicker to settle scores, but do these new online tools actually fuel people's thirst for revenge?

The Death of Empathy: Who is to Blame?

Bansi Kara | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

The concept of empathy is one I have long been interested in. Whose responsibility is it to teach people to consider others, to be more empathetic?

Start-Up Memoires: Advocates, Gill & The Impact Game

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK
Louisa Leontiades

I started a business. It made me want to drink copious quantities, smoke myself into oblivion and hit my head against a brick wall. Instead I wrote a ...

The Riots and the Looting - Thinking Aloud

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 10.10.2011 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

The dictionary defines empathy as "the ability to understand and share the feelings of another." These two incidents show total disregard for the feelings of the other. Zero empathy.