Empathy

Towards Peace and Justice: The Transformative Potential of Empathy - Part 1

Noam Schimmel | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

The psychological state of empathy and its ongoing practice - in which we imagine ourselves in the position of someone else or of another group of people - is often difficult to summon.

The Psychology of Terrorism: What Makes Young Men Prepared to Kill for a Cause?

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Taylor PhD

The ideology which terrorists are fed aids this process too. When people take on a belief system, they begin to see the world in an abstract, intellectualised way, rather than through direct perception. They begin to see the world in terms of concepts and categories, developing a dry and rigid outlook which becomes so powerful that it divorces them from the immediacy of experience and contact. It encourages them to see other human beings not as individuals but as units in an abstract, conceptual and deadly game.

Towards Peace and Justice: The Transformative Potential of Empathy (Part 2)

Noam Schimmel | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

We live, by and large, in the aggregate, in a permanent state of empathy deficit. If empathy were a more common value there would be less violence and discrimination in the world, both structurally in collective ways and interpersonally, individually.

We've Come Up With The Definitive World Empathy Scale

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Ed Miliband is apparently working on his empathy. Check out where the Labour leader and others stand on our definitive World Empathy Chart: (Cr...

Man In The Mirror: How Empathy Creates Insight

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

So how do we know when we are being empathic? One way is to check it out. Asking for acknowledgement is one way to know what someone is feeling. Another way is to pay attention or own up to what we see or think we see. When we are paying attention to what someone is saying it is a way to pay attention to ourselves.

A Note of Thanks

Noam Schimmel | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Noam Schimmel

After I read a piece in The Guardian by Izzeldin Abueleish, a Palestinian doctor, I felt a deep sense of gratitude. Having suffered the profoundest ...

Seven Awesome Tips for New Dads

Torsten Klaus | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

You might feel that no-one at work quite understands how you are feeling. Men need to off-load too. Some find it difficult to ask for help, especially with emotional issues, but please do, find someone you feel comfortable with (a friend, a relative or a professional) and let go, it will be a great relief.

You Say Potato and I Say Potahto - How Can We See the Same Thing So Differently?

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

Couples are frequently talking about entirely different events while discussing the same event. Or they will identify qualities within a person like "She was so angry with me" and as I was sitting right there I could see that it was not happening that way. Allowing for my own warped sense of reality I am often amazed at those inconsistencies within an interaction between seemingly rational people.

How I Turned My Unhappy Past Into a Happy One

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I was brought up in an agnostic house- my parents were not particularly interested in religion and made it plain to us three children that we could do whatever we wanted. In a sense I am grateful to my parents who both came from relatively liberal families and were not that ingrained with God and the rest.

Empathy for the Human Condition Is Good For You

David Mochel | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Next time you are cut off in traffic, you might imagine that the person in front of you has fears, hopes, regrets, and dreams just like you. If you allow yourself to feel the complexity and depth of this person's humanity for just a moment, you might find that the drive is just a bit more enjoyable.

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

Kester Brewin | Posted 27.05.2014 | 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.