Empathy on a holiday? Three steps to show empathy, compassion & respect

The IB Learner Profile - "CARING - we show empathy, compassion & respect." Last Saturday as I sat in the departure terminal of Soekarno-Hatta, waiting for my flight to Singapore I reflected just how busy the airport was on this particular day. Logical reasons for this were that it was school holidays time. In addition, the fasting month had just commenced and the annual exodus of household help to their villages always means that many families move to a serviced hotel ...

Empathy and altruism – recent evidence

Altruism is a type of prosocial behaviour.  Whereas prosocial behaviour is behaviour that helps others, altruism goes one step further - it is behaviour that helps others with no benefit to ourselves, and often at a cost to ourselves.  While some psychologists argue that there is no such thing as truly altruistic behaviour (see Schaller and Cialdini's Negative State Relief model, for example), others like Batson argue that altruism operates through empathy.  Batson's Empathy-Altruism hypothesis states that empathic concern produces ...

bold and brave – a path to empathy

I recently read this report on my twitter account from the NPR site. This bold initiative certainly got me thinking more about empathy. I'm interested in your comments and reactions, and I invite you to read, reflect, and react. Is this a good way to build empathy? Imagine this : a high school assembly where students share their deepest, most painful secrets — and instead of judgment from their peers, they get applause. That's the approach Philadelphia's Freire Charter School has taken in its effort ...

Waiting

One week ago I had just finished facilitating a memorable CAS workshop at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide. I had checked out of the hotel early enough to allow me a few hours of airport time, waiting for my connecting flight to Melbourne. I was excited  - I had a ticket to the men’s semi-final match at the Australian Open that night – Thomas Berdych v’s the eventual tournament winner, Stan Wawrinka. I love airports, or more particularly watching people at airports. I ...