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Self Awareness and Empathy

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Laurie McDaniel

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Transcript of Self Awareness and Empathy

Character Lens
Self Awareness/Empathy

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Empathy is known to increase prosocial (helping) behaviors. While American culture might be socializing people into becoming more individualistic rather than empathic, research has uncovered the existence of "mirror neurons," which react to emotions expressed by others and then reproduce them.
Classroom Context
Teaching this value of empathy begins on Day 1. My scholars and I would have a round-table discussion about treating others as we’d desire to be treated. The term “empathy” would be explained while asking for scholar-provided examples. Our lens would be reinforced throughout the year if, and when, any issues arose. I’ve participated in Character Counts in the past and find some beneficial things to pull from it. I’d like to take one “Pillar” at a time and view it through our lens of self-knowledge/Empathy.
Empathetic Figures
Pictures and Movies
Origins of Self Awareness
Martin Luther King Jr.-Civil Rights activist that
promoted tolerance and nonviolence.
Michael Jackson
Rochat proposes a model of self-awareness that is informed by early development, taking root in a child during its first five years of life, and progressing through developmentally-sequenced stages which transition dynamically from implicit to explicit; from no awareness (“ self-obliviousness”), through confusion, differentiation, situation, identification, permanence and ”meta” self-awareness, as demonstrated through their reactions to themselves when looking in a mirror, considered a reproducible, and thus reliable behavioural index of the development of self-awareness, which really begins when children start behaving with others in mind.
Jason Mangham
Laurie McDaniel
Mona Liesa Wessel
Mahatma Ghandi-probably best known of all empathetic
figures; chose a life of poverty to promote peace and
Harriet Beecher Stowe-wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin which set
off a change in perspective that led to the end of slavery in
Matthew McConaughey-started the Just Keep
Livin' Foundation to support education
Bill Gates-founded the Gates Foundation which
supports numerous philanthropic endeavors
including aid to African AIDS
Patch Adams
Angelina Jolie
Pay It Forward
The Help
Freedom Writers
Fried Green Tomatoes
Freaky Friday
Flowers for Algernon
Mother Teresa
One specific English application that could be incorporated with this character study would be a novel study of Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Specific topics could be covered as the chapters are read as a group and individually. Students could practice grammar and mechanics by completing self-evaluation papers or analyzing characters in the story and what values they display or are lacking. If time allows, showing the movie based on the book would increase the impact of the concept of empathy and doing for others.
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CNN. (Sept. 11, 2012). UN ambassador Angelina Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Jordan. [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/11/world/meast/syria-civil-war

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"The measure of a country's greatness should be based on how well it cares for its most vulnerable populations."
~Mahatma Ghandi
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*Rochat, P. (2003). Five levels of self-awareness as they unfold early in life in Consciousness and Cognition: An International Journal, Vol 12(4), pp. 717-731. (Retrieved fromhttp://psychology.emory.edu/cognition/rochat/Five%20levels%20.pdf

Rutsch. E. (2013). Culture of Empathy. [Web]. Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. Retrieved from http://cultureofempathy.com/.

Shanan, B. (Photographer). (2013, March 26). Patch Adams speaks Tuesday in the Heritage Ballroom at the Lancaster County Convention Center. Retrieved from http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/830691_Patch-Adams-brings-his-vision-for-future-of-health-care-to-Lancaster.html

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*Stueber, K. (Summer 2013).Empathy. [Web]. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.), http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2013/entries/empathy/.

Today , P. (n.d.). empathy all about empathy. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/empathy

In other words, “A permanent self is expressed: an entity that is represented as invariant over time and appearance changes … the self is now recognized not only from a first person perspective, but also from a third person’s. Individuals are not only aware of what they are but how they are in the mind of others … how one is perceived and valued by others.” (Rochat, 2003, p. 722).
“Self-awareness develops like onions, layers after layers, in a cumulative consolidation. Accordingly, self-awareness is the experience of ourselves fluctuating through these layers as we act, perceive, and think in the world”.
P. Rochat, Consciousness and Cognition
Emotional Intelligence
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