Even if you’re in the background, you can make a difference

The Empathy Initiative: Lesson One — Three is a MAGIC Number — How to Let Others Know You’re There With Empathy

Did you know that there are few resources available to learn about empathy? British clinical psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen (yes — Borat’s cousin) has given a TED Talk on empathy to TEDx at Parliament. Brene Brown’s short videos and longer TED talks inspire people to think about being more empathetic. A website offers a smorgasboard of articles but some are dated. Harvard Med psychiatrist Dr. Helen Riess has launched Empathetics.com, which offers empathy training to healthcare professionals for a fee.

Similar to lie detector tests, skin conductance tracings reflected Dr. Riess’ reactions (red line) in concordance with the patient’s emotional responses (green line). A separate test on another date showed out-of-sync concordance.

One on Two Can Moderate Problem Behavior

Two or three days a week, I work in a shared office space on the Saddleback College campus called the Faculty Center. The Center has rows of nice Mac computers and everything instructors need to produce great online content for their classes. Our school voted to adopt the Canvas learning management system last year, changing from Blackboard’s LMS, which had been used for at least a decade previously. I already switched two semesters ago, but a number of faculty are making the change for the first time. They have, I believe, another two semesters before everything has to be completely changed over.

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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