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Banning the physical punishment of children in Australia 13 Replies

Started by Tatiana Schild in Being Empathic caring for Children. Last reply by Tatiana Schild Apr 22, 2013.

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Treat sick with empathy

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Empathy News

Created by Alice Aird Jan 11, 2014 at 2:19pm. Last updated by Alice Aird Jan 11, 2014.


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When empathy backfires... or which kind of empathy to use when...

This link will take you to one of the many articles pointing out that empathy is not universally beneficial. Of course not! Every good thing can be used in the wrong place or the wrong way. It's good to have these explorations of the uses of empathy, and this is a useful article, definitely worth reading. I just hope that empathy doesn't get a bad press and go out of fashion!

"We know that empathy in the workplace creates happier and more productive employees. And…


Posted by Alice Aird on January 12, 2017 at 9:30pm

Treating Addiction with Empathy Works

This excellent article about Dr Gabor Mate's work with addicts will make anyone with an interest in addiction want to read more. If you're wondering: Does addiction anything to do with me? see quotes below.

"How do you define addiction? Any behavior that is associated with craving and temporary relief, and with long-term negative consequences, that a person is not able to give up. Note that I said nothing about substances — it’s any behavior that has temporary relief and negative consequences and loss of control."

...we live in a culture that promotes…


Posted by Alice Aird on January 13, 2016 at 12:30pm

Free Play Creates Emotionally Stable Children

Posted by Rita Johnston on January 13, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Reason, Empathy and Integration: The Anti-Fear Combination Treatment

"...reason and evidence are insufficient to combat fear. There are plenty of examples of destructive decisions that are the result of science and engineering untethered from humane values.

The other essential ingredient is empathy. Daniel Goleman writes about three kinds of empathy: cognitive empathy or the ability…


Posted by Alice Aird on January 10, 2016 at 7:00am

Learning about the Brain is so Important

Keep learning about the brain. There is new knowledge every day and it is so valuable to understand better how it works. If you have children for instance understanding about children's brains and their development is hugely valuable. Children need the help of adults to learn to regulate their brains, until they learn to do it themselves. Many parents don't understand that children's brains are immature and they are unable to behave like adults. Many adults didn't get the help they needed as children, and so have lasting problems with brain regulation as adults, which can come out in fighting and even…


Posted by Alice Aird on January 8, 2016 at 5:30am

The latest news about empathy and compassion from around the world - Curated by Edwin Rutsch

Hi Empathic Folks! I just realised that I can post a link to this comprehensive Empathy News page right here! 

SImply click the link below to get a good feed of a good percentage of the empathy news around the internet. 

cheers, Alice

Empathy & Compassion News

Posted by Alice Aird on January 11, 2014 at 1:30pm

Empathy is Central to the Design School at Stanford

You'll find empathy popping up all through the Stanford Design School approach. It's "human-centred" and

 Our way of working

Edwin Rutsch of the Centre for the Culture of Empathy (who I am meeting with in an Empathy Circle every week) is integrating these design approaches into our development of the Empathy Circles and Empathy Workshop. 

You can read about the D School here:

love to all, Alice

From the Design School website:

We welcome our students with a methodology for innovation that…


Posted by Alice Aird on July 20, 2013 at 5:36pm

Is this one minute video an empathy masterpiece? Tell us how you see it!

Seen by some as a supreme example of languaging for empathy....... other are less moved. 

Click to go straight to the movie

One person said:

"This is a wonderful, thought-provoking, one minute clip. Full of wisdom. . . . and very brief. 

It's not a joke, it's not religious, it's not political. It's just . . . special."


Reactions have been mixed. How does it affect you? 



Posted by Alice Aird on September 18, 2012 at 9:10pm

Alice Aird's Recent Interview With Edwin Rutsch!

Posted by Erika Harris on September 4, 2012 at 7:37pm


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