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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Ruth Richards
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Dr. Ruth Richards is Professor of Psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco, Lecturer, Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, on the AHIMSA Advisory Board Ahimsaberkeley.org, and is also a longtime Buddhist practitioner and enthusiast for interfaith understanding. 
 

AGE OF EMPATHY? New Views of Health, Human Nature, and Relational Creativity - May 17, 2011
A free public offering sponsored by AHIMSA  and the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. Empathy is an essential yet often unsung human quality - creative, connecting, powerful. We consider its vital role for humans individually and together, for our health, our progress, our development. And perhaps even for our species survival.   Then a meditation led by Abbe Blum, Ph.D., Saybrook University and Swarthmore College.  (Description on Facebook Event Page)



AGE OF EMPATHY? New Views of Health, Human Nature & Relational Creativity


 
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EMPATHY - - SUMMARY

1) DEFINITION
More than simply ”standing in someone’s shoes,” a complex cognitive-affective capacity, with different variants, found across time and space and across diverse species, essential to evolution and cultural progress.

2) DEVALUED?
Yes—a huge problem in itself for human beings, at times related to cultural biases and stereotypes

3) AND RELATIONAL CREATIVITY FOCUS ON PROCESS NOT PRODUCT.
By enhancing our creativity AS A WAY OF LIFE, we can become more aware, flexible, courageous, able to resist conformity, and find new paths. We can value our fullest human potential including EMPATHY. Together, our personal connecting in the moment can show relational creativity, enhancing intimacy, mutual growth and change, and personal (and social) development.

4) AGE OF EMPATHY?
Needed now like never before, on a shrinking globe. A sign of humans finding a higher potential. A new form of consciousness?

5) MORE CONNECTED THAN WE KNOW?
Profoundly! — offering joy, support, meaning, and a path to change
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SELECTED REFERENCES

Bohart, A., & Greenberg, L.S.  (1997). (Eds.). Empathy Reconsidered: New Directions in Psychotherapy.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Brooks, D. (2011) The Social Animal: Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.  Random House.,

Buber, M. (1970).  I and Thou. New York: Touchstone.

De Waals, F. (2009).  The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society.  Harmony/Random House.

Church,D. (2008). The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention. Santa Rosa, CA: Energy Psychology Press.

Dalai Lama (1999). Ethics for the New Millennium. New York: Riverhead.

Goleman, D. (2006).  Social Intelligence: Beyond IQ, Beyond Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Dell.

Gruber, H., & Barrett, P.H. (1981). Darwin on Man.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Jordan, J. et al. (2004). The Complexity of Connection: Writings from the Stone Center.  New York:  Guilford.

Keltner, D., Marsh, J. & Smith, J.A. (2010).  The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness. New York: W. W. Norton.

Loye, D. (2007).  Darwin’s Lost Theory.  Carmel, CA: Benjamin Franklin Press.

Pilisuk, M. & Parks, S. H. (1986).  The Healing Web:  Social Networks and Human Survival.  Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.

Richards, R. (2007).  Relational Creativity and Healing Potential:  Power of Eastern Thought in Western Clinical Settings.  In Pappas, J., et al. (Eds.) Cultural Healing and Belief Systems.  Calgary, Canada: Detselig.

Richards, R. (Ed.). (2007).  Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature: Psychological, Social and Spiritual Perspectives.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychogical Association—includes
David Loye (on Darwin),
Riane Eisler (consciousness, creativity, caring);
Louise Sundararajan & James Averill  (Eastern Creativity, savoring),
Ruth Richards (caring, collaboration, openness, courage) and more.

Rifkin, J.  (2009). The Empathic Civilization: Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis.  New York: Tarcher/Penguin.

Siegel, D.  (1999). The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are.  New York: Guilford Press.

Szalavitz, M., & Perry, B.C.  (2010) Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential—and Endangered. New York: William Morrow.

Tarthang Tulku (1978).  Love and Compassion.  Openness Mind. Berkeley, CA: Dharma Publishing.

Tavanger, H. S. (2009).  Growing up Global: Raising Children to be at Home in the World.  New York: Ballantine.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1997). Teachings on Love.  Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.