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Culture of Empathy Builder:    Daryl Cameron

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Daryl Cameron & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy-Compassion with Science

Daryl Cameron is a social psychology doctoral candidate at UNC Chapel Hill. "I work at the crossroads of social psychology and philosophy. My research examines the relationship between implicit social cognition and moral decisions: how do automatic affective reactions and deliberative reasoning interact to shape our moral lives?" Daryl's research focuses on the causes and consequences of compassion regulation; and how implicit emotional processes contribute to moral decision-making.

"Psychological studies show that people feel more compassion for a single victim than for multiple victims, a finding that has been called "the collapse of compassion." The collapse of compassion should strike you as shocking. Most people predict that they would -- and should -- feel more compassion if more people are suffering. Yet people's emotional responses to actual victims tell otherwise. " Daryl says, one way to increase empathy and compassion is to make helping easy and not overwhelming. Create small easy steps that people can do. Also develop trainings that build empathy and compassionate resilience.

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Daryl Cameron & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy-Compassion with Science
 

 

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2013-05-20 - Can You Run Out of Empathy?
By Daryl Cameron - Greater Good Science Center

"An essay in this week’s New Yorker argues that we don't have enough empathy to go around. But new research says we can keep renewing and expanding our feeling for others.

Is empathy a limited resource, easily depleted and restricted to those closest to us? That’s the argument psychologist Paul Bloom makes in an essay for this week’s New Yorker, subtitled “The case against empathy.” He admits that empathy can do a lot of good: decades of research show that feeling empathy can lead us to be more caring, forgiving, and altruistic.

But according to Bloom, empathy also can do a lot of bad. It’s an untrustworthy moral compass because it is “parochial, narrow-minded, and innumerate.” Empathy seems tuned to only one frequency, that of a single identifiable victim, with whom we feel some personal connection. According to Bloom, these biases make empathy ill-suited to help us confront crises like natural disasters, genocides, and climate change. Bloom concludes, “Empathy will have to yield to reason if humanity is to have a future.”

Can You Run Out of Empathy? Daryl Cameron in Response to The Case Against Empathy by Paul Bloom  

 

Jan 16, 2013 - How to Increase Your Compassion Bandwidth

"Compassion is a powerful moral emotion—it moves us to care for the suffering of others, and enables us to live cooperatively with one another.

Yet we live in a society of constant connection, in which the successes and sorrows of others are brought to us instantly through phones, computers, TV, radio, and newspapers. With that increased connection comes the risk of becoming overwhelmed or overburdened by our emotions. Fearing exhaustion, we turn off our compassion.

But my research suggests we can actually expand our compassion bandwidth without hurting ourselves. As the science of compassion develops, we can find empirically supported ways to cultivate and sustain compassion when it is needed the most."

 

 

2012-03-17 - Lack Of Compassion Can Make People Feel Less Moral, Study Shows

hen a stranger asks for money, people choose not to give for a variety of reasons, even if their hearts want to -- perhaps they're not sure what the money will be used for, or perhaps they'd rather give to an organization that helps people in need. Or maybe they just don't want to part with their cash. But a new study in the journalPsychological Science suggests that there could be a hidden cost to not being compassionate -- it might make you feel a little less moral.

 

 

07/16/2012 - The Science of Choosing Compassion

Psychological studies show that people feel more compassion for a single victim than for multiple victims, a finding that has been called "the collapse of compassion." The collapse of compassion should strike you as shocking. Most people predict that they would -- and should -- feel more compassion if more people are suffering. Yet people's emotional responses to actual victims tell otherwise. Imagine reading about either a single victim or eight victims. Experiments find that compassion doesn't simply level off with more victims -- so it's not that adding seven victims to the single victim increases compassion only a little bit. Instead, adding seven victims makes you feel less compassion compared to just one. Compassion plummets as the numbers increase.

 

 

 

2012-07-19 - at CCARE's conference The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions. 

Panel: The Future Directions in Research on Compassion


 

2012-07-11 - Second Compassion Research Day at Facebook HQ

2:15pm - 3:15pm - The Costs of Compassion and Callousness 
Compassion is a powerful moral emotion that often compels us to help others in need. Yet we often avoid feeling compassion in the pursuit of self-interested goals. In this talk, I will examine factors that motivate people to avoid feeling compassion for others, and how compassion avoidance changes how people think about morality. Presenters:

  • Daryl Cameron, social psychology graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill