Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 98

Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s A ppr oac h to C ulti vat ing Pe rs on al, S o ci al and E n vir on me n tal F lo u r i shing Series II: Relating to Others Skill 7: Empathic Concern Empathy is the ability to understand the emotions, thoughts, and motivations of another and to Learning Outcomes resonate with them. While important for ethical development, empathy can be irrational and biased. It can also lead to empathic distress (an inability to handle one’s own feelings) rather than empathic concern (an other-oriented concern). For these reasons, we need to expand upon our biologically- Content ● Participants will learn empathy operates on two levels: affective and cognitive. ● Participants will learn the difference between empathic based empathy through practice, expanding it distress, which is self-focused and leads to burnout, and beyond our in-group and making it a better tool empathic concern, which is other-oriented and leads to for compassion and ethical behavior. Exploring compassion. empathy is very helpful for developing a deep concern for others and for reducing our focus on ourselves. The vast majority of the problems we face are rooted in narrow self-interest and a lack of consideration for the needs of others. Empathic concern for others, on the other hand, leads to greater individual and collective flourishing. ● Participants will learn one can have empathy for another ’s joy (sympathetic joy) as well as difficulties. Cultivating sympathetic joy reduces envy, jealousy and greed. ● Participants will learn the benefits of having consideration for others over narrow self-interest for our individual and collective well-being. Practice ● Participants will increase their ability to experience emotional resonance with others’ joy and suffering. ● Participants will strengthen perspective-taking. ● Participants will cultivate affection for others and an ability to see the preciousness of each individual. Ce n t e r for Compa s sion , I nteg r i t y and S e cu l ar E t hics | L ife Uni ve rsi t y | M ar ie t ta, G e or g i a - 92 -