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Empathy comes to AM Talk Radio: This is a live, on the air conversation with Lou Agosta and hosts Jusef Marei of WCEV and Dr Umarr Asfarini about expanding empathy in the community, especially the Muslim community here in Chicago. A nice moment occurs when Lou relates empathy to bullying, in politics and the school yard The take away? Remove the obstacles to empathy such as shaming, guilt, denial, and cynicism (and bullying) and then empathy naturally comes forth. Another nice moment occurs when Lou cites mitochondrial DNA and the National Geographic and IBM GeNomic project as evidence that all human beings are related - literally related. That boss, coworker, neighbor, or politician that you just can't stand is your cousin (albeit 10K times removed). This is talk AM talk radio - not to be missed!

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A famous person once said: "Empathy is oxygen for the soul." So if one is feeling shortness of breath, maybe one needs expanded empathy! This course will connect the dots between empathy and neuroscience ("brain science"). For example, empathic responsiveness releases the compassion hormone oxytocin, which blocks the stress hormone cortisol. Reduced stress correlates to reduced risk of such life style disorders as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weak immune system, depression, and the common cold.
We will engage each of the following modules in the discussion segment, including suggested readings. Except for the first two topics, we can take them in any order and the participants will get to select:
1. This is your mind on neuroscience - mirror neurons: do they exist, and if not, so what?
2. Sperry on the split brain: the information is in the system: how to get at it
3. The neuroscience of trauma - and how empathy gives us access to it
4. MRI research: as when Galileo looked through the telescope, a whole new world opens
Presenter: Lou Agosta, PhD, is the author of three scholarly, academic books on empathy, including A Rumor of Empathy: Resistance, Narrative, Recovery (Routledge 2015). He has taught empathy in history and systems of psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and offered a course in the Secret Underground Story of Empathy at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Education. He is an empathy consultant in private practice in “on the forward edge in the Edgewater Community” in Chicago.

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This educational video includes a presentation by Lou Agosta on Heidegger's call for a special hermeneutic of empathy in Heidegger's book Being and Time. The different aspects of such a Heideggerian inquiry into and definition of empathy are spelled out concisely in the presentation.http://youtu.be/0BOweQkf3Ro

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Most people think that empathy is compassion. And while the world needs more compassion, empathy is distinct from compassion. Engages with examples from world literature, including Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks and Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie. The scenes include empathic receptivity in Hanno's trip to the dentist and empathic understanding in Thomas' encounter with Hanno during the long silence as Gerda makes music with The Lieutenant.

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Lou connects the dots between empathy and career transition (job interviewing), addressing the group on how empathy works - and sometimes breaks down - in career transition and job search situations. Includes Lou's personal "war stories" and anecdotes, including what not to do. Also includes audience interaction, questions and answer, group interaction. Connects the dots between empathy and career transition. Not to be missed!

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Empathy and Literature: Examples from literature selected from the presentation on Empathy: What it is and how it works by Lou Agosta to the Northwestern Feinberg School on August 17, 2016. Exemplifying the difference between empathy and emotional contagion and empathic possibility and projection. Not to be missed.

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Short selection from the complete session: Lou Agosta addresses the group on how empathy works - and sometimes breaks down - in career transition and job search situations. Includes audience interaction, questions and answer, group interaction. Connects the dots between empathy and career transition. Not to be missed!

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Empathy and Literature: Examples from literature selected from the presentation on Empathy: What it is and how it works by Lou Agosta to the Northwestern Feinberg School on August 17, 2016. Exemplifying the difference between empathy and emotional contagion and empathic possibility and projection. Not to be missed.

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How is empathy different than compassion or altruism? How does empathy contribute to or act as a filter against burn out or compassion fatigue? What does it mean to train or develop one’s empathy – and how does one do so?

In this talk, the attendee learn (engage with):
(1) What is empathy – how is it defined – and how does it function
(2) A short – very short – narrative of the secret story of empathy in the history of philosophy
(3) How do break downs in empathy give us access to break through results in human relations?
(4) How does empathy relate to introspection?
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