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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Lynne Cameron


Lynne Cameron & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Lynne Cameron is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Open University. Her research is in  what stops us connecting, and how to help empathy happen.  Author: Metaphor and Reconciliation: The Discourse Dynamics of Empathy in Post-Conflict Conversations.  Empathy is moving into the experience of another. The opposite of empathy is being at a distance and there being blocks in the way. The best way to create empathy may be to just remove the blocks and let natural empathy happen.



Lynne Cameron & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy




Book: Metaphor and Reconciliation: 'The Discourse Dynamics of Empathy in Post-Conflict Conversations'        

    Table of Contents

  • 1: Coming Together: Background to the Conciliation Process

  • 2: The Discourse Dynamics Approach to Metaphor and Empathy

  • 3: Metaphor Analysis

  • 4: Conciliation as journeys of understanding and listening to stories

  • 5: Metaphor Clusters and Absences

  • 6: Connection and separation in conciliation

  • 7: Becoming Involved in Violence

  • 8: The Impact of Violence

  • 9: Appropriating the Otherís Metaphors

  • 10: Metaphor, Reconciliation and the Dynamics of Empathy

  • 11: Images of Empathy Appendix: Using Metaphor in Reconciliation: Implications for Mediators



Multi-level dynamic model of empathy - slide show
Metaphor and the Dynamics of Empathy in Discourse
Living with Uncertainty is a research fellowship project funded by the
ESRC and AHRC as part of the wider RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme.


11 June 2012 - Researching Empathy - An academic conference
12 June 2012 - Empathy: Dynamics, dialogue, conflict

Empathy -- understanding another personís emotions and perspective -- plays a vital role in social life affected by conflict, reducing the probability of violence and offering the potential for reconciling differences. Empathy research is vibrant across multiple disciplines, from neuroscience to political science, from poetry to medicine.