Sub Conference: : Common Humanity - How Empathy Relates to Other
Values? http://j.mp/KQYPL7 We will be holding interviews and panel
discussion about how empathy relates to each of these (and more) other
values that make up our common humanity.
Compassion Compassion is
empathy applied to suffering and pain.
"And it turns out that this fear of having compassion
for yourself is strongly correlated with fear of having compassion for
others, and a lack of willingness to extend compassion to others. Self
compassion is not letting ourselves off the hook and being self
indulgent, it's about choosing to use our own happiness and our own
desire for meaning and connection with others as our primary
motivation, as opposed to using guilt shame and fear as our primary
The director says, "A persons values have a huge impact in their
happiness, So if someone values things likeower, fame and good looks,
social status - people who becomes successful at those goals o money pr
not, tend to be less happy then people who value things like
compassion, empathy and cooperation, wanting to make the world a
The core of human nature, I think, is based on empathy
and compassion. It's extremely rare to find someone that does not
empathize in some way or form naturally. The Dali Lama said it best,
it's not a religious thing, it's not a political idea, this is the way
we are born, this is in our blood.
Empathy, compassion, living by the golden rule, all of those things
are so critical to, not only to your own personal happiness, but to
the sustainability of our societies and of the human race. So empathy
is, I think, one of the core ingredients, not only for a happy life,
but of a happy world.
2008-02-02 PBS Interview 2nd
How do we learn the attributes of empathy
What I found in my research is that the opposite of experiencing shame
is experiencing empathy. Shame cannot survive empathy. I think empathy
is tough, I think we have some natural tendencies to care for our
fellow humans, but we kind of unlearn empathy, as a way to survive
almost. So being empathic is about connecting with your
experience,.... If I can dig deep and connect to what it is your
feeling, and express that back... so you know your not alone. Empathy
is hugely important, as an added plus it's highly coordinated with
everything from leadership skills, family functioning, good parenting,
- it's just the essential emotion...