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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Leslie Jamison

Pending - in development

 

 

"Leslie Jamison is an American novelist and essayist. Her work has been published in Best New American Voices 2008, A Public Space, and Black Warrior Review. Originally from Los Angeles, she attended Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in English literature at Yale. Her father is the economist and global health researcher Dean Jamison." Wikipedia

 

 
 

 


 

  The Empathy Exams:

"Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain—real and imagined, her own and others’—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel.

She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory—from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration—in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace."
 

 

 

Leslie Jamison "The Empathy Exams"
Leslie Jamison discusses her book with her aunt Kay Jamison at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.
 

Kay Jamison give introduction.

  • will talk about empathy

  • has bipolar

  • what makes empathy in a medial situation and psychiatric situation

  • you want competence when going to psychiatry

  • empathy can do bad things to your brain if you get it wrong

  • Though empathy?

    • talks about her doctor, psychotherapist

    • lithium and psycho therapy

Leslie Jamison

  • Reads from chapter 1.

  • Q and A

    • Standard patient process, works, was good.

    • Does one learn empathy, teach empathy, is it something that's modeled?

    • Empathy and violent Video games?

    • How  to deal with someone with manic/depression?

    • What's difference between empathy and sympathy?

    • A Doctor: Listening but wanting to be known as well? The need to help, listening and being know yourself?

    • How has the inquiry into empathy feed your creative imagination as a writer?

    • Learning about the author.  Relationship between self disclosure and empathy?

    • How came to write essays?



Never Hurts to Ask The Empathy Exams,’ by Leslie Jamison
 NYT Book Review
"
Jamison opens with her experience as an actor playing patients for medical students.
“I’m called a standardized patient, which means I act toward the norms set for my disorders.
” Sometimes, working from a script, she plays a mother whose baby’s lips are turning blue,
and sometimes a young woman whose grief over her brother’s death manifests as seizures."

 

EMPATHY: How we live with each other
 
The first of a series of roundtables around the topic of Empathy.
Recorded July, 2013 at the Massachusetts Historical Society's Dowse Library.
Hosted by a design company called  SEEK Company.

Transcripts

Featuring:

Dr. Marco Iacoboni

Dr. Mary Hellen Immordino-Yang

Dr. Robert Weller

Dr. Adam Seligman

Leslie Jamison

Ben Doepke & the SEEK company (host)

Definitions?

  • sharing the mental state of another person - emotional or cognitive

  • like all the definitions

  • not a fan of definitional exercises

  • sense of self and other boundary and able to cross it.

  • sympathy and empathy

  • agency - empathy as a feeling or an action

    • emotional contagion

    • vr. perspective taking

Empathy and taking action

Narcissism

Emotional contagion - almost free of culture - you smile I smile.

Perspective taking - heavy into culture

huge conflict in the world - does conflict inhibit emotional contagion?

Neural systems

Empathy can be impeded and strengthened.

  • attention

  • culture

Is empathy sloppy, touchy feely stuff?

  • what crosses boundaries

What can we do to foster empathy?

  • say please and thank you

  • shut up and listen

  • take time to engage in this kind of discussion, and reflection

  • play

  • allow discomfort