“Empathy is Girly Rubbish”
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“Empathy is Girly Rubbish”

I recently received this enquiry and thought I would share my thoughts on it. Hi Cate, after such challenging times in the past 2 years, I feel many in our team would benefit from a more empathetic, trusting culture.  When I raised the idea with my boss he said this type of thing is “girly…

How to Be More Empathetic Day to Day
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How to Be More Empathetic Day to Day

The secret to empathy is not just imagining what it’s like to be in someone’s shoes (that would be you wearing their shoes). What we need to understand what it feels like to be them, in their shoes.

It’s possible this person in front of you hasn’t had the advantages you’ve had. Maybe they weren’t raised in a supportive environment. Perhaps their self esteem is low, their health isn’t robust or they have been traumatised.

What is Empathy?  Understanding the Neuroscience Which Underpins of Empathy
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What is Empathy? Understanding the Neuroscience Which Underpins of Empathy

Empathy is a multifaceted suite of capabilities, that relies on a complex circuit of brain functions.

Cognitive empathy is the ability to comprehend how a person feels and what they might be thinking in response to a situation. It’s knowing what another is feeling.

Emotional empathy is the ability to tune into the feelings of another person

Diagnosing and Addressing Empathy Deficit Disorder
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Diagnosing and Addressing Empathy Deficit Disorder

Empathy deficit disorder (known as EDD) can be understood as an inability to consider the needs, feelings, perspectives and experiences of other people.    

It can describe the psychological state of individuals, but also exists in groups when collective empathy towards “the other” is withheld.

For individuals, an empathy deficit stands as an obstacle to developing and maintaining close connections. 

The Science of High Performing Teams – Google’s Project Aristotle
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The Science of High Performing Teams – Google’s Project Aristotle

What makes a team effective? A group in Google’s People Operations set out to answer this simple question question with rigorous analysis. Are the best teams made up of those with similar personalities? Similar workstyles? A defined way of interacting?

Project Aristotle was tasked with uncovering the attributes of the best performing teams in Google.

What is an Emotion?  Understanding the Neurobiology of Emotion

What is an Emotion? Understanding the Neurobiology of Emotion

Our human brains are incredibly complex networks which evolved over millennia.  The field of emotion research is one of the most contentious of the sciences with many revelations challenging previously held points of view.

One way to begin learning about the brain was proposed in the 1960’s, when Dr Paul MacLean introduced a concept – known as the triune brain theory – which is still widely taught as a metaphor.