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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!  …


Added by Alice Aird on January 12, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Alice Aird on January 13, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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.…


Added by Alice Aird on January 10, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

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…


Added by Alice Aird on January 8, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

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

Added by Alice Aird on January 11, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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:…


Added by Alice Aird on July 20, 2013 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Empathy in Design: Humanising Medical Technologies - ABC RN - By Design

More about empathy and design! This time in Australia

Listen here: …


Added by Alice Aird on July 20, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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 . . .…


Added by Alice Aird on September 18, 2012 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Add your thoughts about building a Global Empathy Movement!

How can we build an empathy movement? What ideas do you have?

Contribute to the Culture of Empathy project.

On the Google doc…

Added by Alice Aird on August 15, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Mindsight - Dan Siegel's book adds great perspectives on empathy

I've been very impressed recently by Dr Dan Siegel's work, on many levels. I've been particularly fascinated by the similarities which he spotted between the effect on the pre-frontal cortex of the brain of secure attachment and of mindfulness practices. Absolutely fascinating. I highly recommend reading his book Mindsight - very illuminating about the nature of the pre-frontal cortex, which is the neurological centre of empathy.

You'll find a review of…


Added by Alice Aird on May 20, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Kindred Magazine Fantastic Offer

Added by Alice Aird on May 14, 2012 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Huffington Post discussing the Empathic Civilisation this month Join in!

See the blog discussion about this most important book of Jeremy Rifkin's here:

Jeremy Rifkin is part of the discussion!

Added by Alice Aird on January 31, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Parents' experiences of Heart to Heart Parenting - see latest courses in Events!

Here are some things parents have said about how Heart to Heart has changed their parenting experience:

  • I feel harmony just being in the house with my children these days. I’m really getting how to do this! Even when it changes, as parenting does all the time, and I find myself not knowing what to do, I come back to my heart and remember things I’ve learned and I find the next step to…

Added by Alice Aird on October 24, 2011 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Dr Greene Video: "Kids Do Well if They Can"


Added by Alice Aird on September 22, 2011 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Dr Ross Greene's beautiful approach to kids with challenging behaviours

Hullo Everyone,

I've been very thrilled to discover child psychologist Dr Ross Greene's work. Go to to learn what he offers kids, parents and teachers of "challenging kids" - these kids who've been so misunderstood and judged. Dr Greene's  "Plan B", is a collaborative problem solving approach which starts with empathy in action and leads to a solution that works for both child and…


Added by Alice Aird on September 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Empathy Documentary: Larry Rosen On Empathy Magic & Creativity

Watch out for and feel the magic moment in this video when empathy floods through your body! lots of love,…


Added by Alice Aird on August 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Conscious Listening for Peaceful World


Added by Alice Aird on August 5, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Evil and empathy: Scientists shed light on hearts of darkness

Cambridge University professor Simon Baron-Cohen is studying the links between evil acts and the absence of empathy. - Cambridge University professor Simon Baron-Cohen is studying the links between evil acts and the absence of empathy. | The Globe and Mail
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND— From Saturday's Globe and Mail

When Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg spoke…


Added by Alice Aird on August 3, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Power of the Heart: Compassionate Listening in Israel and Palestine

Read this moving story about hearts connecting across the divide between Israel and Palestine.


Added by Alice Aird on July 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Parenting for a Peaceful World - watch Video

This is the video which gives the main messages of Robin Grille's seminal book Parenting for a Peaceful World. It's no substitute for reading the book though!  If this interests you do look at the book itself.  See reviews in this blog by searching on Robin Grille.

Added by Alice Aird on July 25, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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