Bridging the Empathy Gap
idea forum on Change.org
Ning.com group -
Forum for Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
NVC in education.
Ning.com group: To spread the word that
practicing empathy is the most powerful action that we can take to ensure a
sustainable, socially just and peaceful world.
Ning.com Are you
extremely sensitive to the emotions and thoughts of others.
On the Human - a project of the National Humanities Center
A scholarly discussion lead by Dan Baston on his work with empathy and
Does empathic concern produce altruistic motivation?
Empathic Concern and Altruism in Humans
A forum on the onthehuman.org website with Dan Baston talking about empathy.
Charter For Compassion Network
Discussing and promoting the Charter for Compassion
TeachEmpathy.com is intended to contribute clarity
around the topic of empathy for anyone interested.
International Day for Empathic Action (IDEA) Events and Activities
Wired To Care
Wired to Care
tells the story of how companies prosper when they stop worrying about their
own problems and start caring about ordinary people.
This is a fortnightly blog about empathy. It acts as a global portal for
empathy news and ideas from around the world, and contains advice on how to
expand your empathy, the stories of great empathetic adventurers, and
interviews with key empathy activists and thinkers.
Born for Love
Empathy, the Brain, and Human Connections
by Maia Szalavitz and Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
It is the goal of the Empathy Project to show all people that they are
valuable, regardless of who they are, where they are from or any other
NVC -Wiki on Empathy
Empathy and Surfing
lot's of info on empathy, NVC related.
Empathy Is Like Surfboard Riding
Wikipedia, Mirror neurons
Cells That Read Minds
NY Times Article,
Katie Couric's Notebook:
Nature Meets Nurture (video)
Brain and Creativity Institute researchers claim they have found the part of
the brain that controls empathy. Katie Couric discusses how humans are
wired to empathize with others.
feel your pain, By Gordy Slack
Nov. 5, 2007 -
New proof of "mirror neurons" explains why we experience the grief and joy of
others, and maybe why humans are altruistic. But don't call us Gandhi yet. (Gordy
Slack is a California-based science writer.)
Seeing movies increases empathy
“Mirror neurons allow us to grasp the minds of others not through
conceptual reasoning but through direct simulation. By feeling, not by
How your brain handles love
"Two new brain-imaging studies describing the origins of empathy and
how placebos work provide insights into the nature of pain, the mind-body
connection and what it means to be human."
Feb. 19, 2004
Political - Obama
Empathy Bowl '08: Palin vs. Obama:
Mark Fisher, talks about empathy. He mentions, "Colleen Shogan, a
research manager at the Congressional Research Service, who very presciently
has been exploring the role empathy plays in presidential leadership."
Honor, Empathy And The Limits Of Political Virtue
(an article about Obama and empathy)
John McCain, stakes his life and his nation's fate, on honor, whatever the cost.
Barack Obama is a human seismometer, sensing the needs of his
interlocutors--enemies and friends--before he acts.
by Paul Starobin "You cannot influence a person that you do not make an effort to understand,"
Robert McNamara said in an April 2005 speech at the Watson Institute for
International Studies at Brown University in Rhode Island. "Today we don't do
this. It's a lack of the willingness to move toward empathy."
By Charles Halpern
LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL - THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009 - PAGE 6
Article about Obama using the criteria of empathy to choose judges.
Analysis on NPR of Barack Obama's call for more empathy.
Obama & Empathy on Dailykos
George Lakoff on Barack Obama's Empathy Campaign
Commonwealth Club of California SF, CA Jun 20th, 2008
attributes Barack Obama's popularity to his messages of empathy,
caring, and human dignity. To Obama, the basis of human kindness is not
reliant upon any political platform but on the core values of empathy
and fairness. Empathy is at the center of the Obama campaign shows up in
Obama: 911 Attack Caused by “Lack of Empathy”
The Politics Of Empathy And Barack Obama, Beverly Darling.
Text: "In numerous interviews and books Obama talks about one of the
most important and greatest characteristics that his mother instilled in
him: Empathy! For Obama, empathy means putting yourself in
another persons shoes, having feelings for others, and being able to
understand another individuals perspective."
Rep. Chris Smith disparages Obama's 'empathy
Wikia - Empathy
"Welcome to this resource for psychologists. Started on 21st January 2006 we
have had almost four million visitors in 2010.... We aim to provide an
up-to-date, authoritative statement of knowledge, theory, and practice in the
whole field of psychology. The site is written to serve both staff and
students of our academic community, to inform professionals, both in training
and in the field, and to provide information for the people we seek to help."
Mind with Heart
is a European network for teachers from all
backgrounds interested in practicing mindfulness and empathy in the classroom.
Compassion & Empathy
Its Ultimate and Proximate Bases
An empathy group project
on Care2. Has list of articles and resources.
"coined in 1983 by Ralph Metzner to denote chemical agents inducing feelings
A paper on empathy. Has
list of articles and resources.
Daniel Goleman: Why aren't we all Good Samaritans?
If preoccupied on self, we don't focus on the
There's a spectrum - self absorbed -
empathy - compassion.
Focusing on self and focusing on others. Takes
Mirror neurons are a neural wifi.
Empathy & Beyond, Latino USA -
March 13, 2009,
1. "Poverty simulations have become a growing trend among students and activists
interested in working with people living in poverty."
2. "Empathy Gap: Some people are energized by empathy to act,” writes J.D. Trout
in his book The Empathy Gap."
3. "Maria Hinojosa talks about how knowing other languages can help develop
Charter for Compassion,
Empathy related charter for compassion, won the 2008 TED award.
In a Helpless Baby, the Roots of Our Social Glue
NATALIE ANGIER NY Times : March 2, 2009
“Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding,. Our
capacity to cooperate in groups, to empathize with others and to wonder what
others are thinking and feeling — all these traits, Dr. Hrdy argues,
probably arose in response to the selective pressures of being in a
cooperatively breeding social group, and the need to trust and rely on others
and be deemed trustworthy and reliable in turn.
The dark lesson of Bernie Madoff,
Robert Burton Feb. 26, 2009
About Bernie Madoff and empathy. Did Bernie use empathy to defraud people?
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