Cultivating Empathy

The theme of this year’s CMHA Mental Health Week, running May 2 to 8, is empathy. The campaign calls for us to #GetReal about how to help and practice empathy to support those who are struggling. It urges us to take an interest in the well-being of others and try to help by asking questions, actively listening, and trying to understand the feelings and perspectives of others. Check out these titles to learn more about empathy, connection and active listening through these non-fiction titles.

Tell me more about that : solving the empathy crisis one conversation at a time

Volpe, Rob, author
2022

From the rise in workplace bullying to increased anxiety and depression, a lack of empathy for one another is wearing away at the gears of society, grinding us down to the nubs. Just as physical workouts strengthen your body, there are ways to build up your empathy as well. Brand strategist Rob Volpe draws on his years conducting thousands of in-home interviews with everyday people to illustrate the 5 Steps to Empathy - the actions you can take to build a strong and reflexive empathy muscle.

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The art of empathy : a complete guide to life's most essential skill

The art of empathy : a complete guide to life's most essential skill

McLaren, Karla, author
2013

McLaren teaches us how to perceive and feel the experience of others with clarity and authenticity, to connect with them more deeply and effectively. This single skill could directly and radically improve your relationships and your life.

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Born for love : why empathy is essential-- and endangered

Born for love : why empathy is essential-- and endangered

Szalavitz, Maia
2010

In a book on empathy, a renowned psychiatrist explores the trait's startling importance in human evolution and its significance for children and for society.

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Connect : building exceptional relationships with family, friends and colleagues

Connect : building exceptional relationships with family, friends and colleagues

Bradford, David L, author
2021

In Connect, David Bradford and Carole Robin show readers how to take their relationships from shallow to exceptional, along the way offering time-tested strategies for giving feedback, negotiating boundaries, and working through disagreements. Through stories of people navigating tricky moments in relationships -- all based on real dynamics Bradford and Robin have witnessed or experienced -- we see the six hallmarks of an exceptional relationship in action: authenticity, vulnerability, honesty, a willingness to ask for and offer help, a shared commitment to growth, and an ability to deal productively with conflict.

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The future of feeling : building empathy in a tech-obsessed world

The future of feeling : building empathy in a tech-obsessed world

Phillips, Kaitlin Ugolik, author
2020

"There's no doubt that technology has made it easier to communicate. It's also easier to shut someone out when we are confronted with online discourse. Why bother to understand strangers--or even acquaintances--when you can troll them, block them, or just click 'Unfriend' and never look back? However briefly satisfying that might be, it's also potentially eroding one of our most human traits: empathy ... In The Future of Feeling, Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips shares her own personal stories as well as those of doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, journalists, and scientists about moving innovation and technology forward without succumbing to isolation"-- Amazon.com.

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Listen like you mean it : reclaiming the lost art of true connection

Listen like you mean it : reclaiming the lost art of true connection

Vengoechea, Ximena, author.
2021

Listening, like any communication skill, can be improved. Drawing from her own research sessions, as well as from stories and interviews with marriage counselors, life coaches, filmmakers, podcast hosts, and other listening experts, the author of ListenLike You Mean It discusses how to quickly build rapport with strangers, which questions help people unlock what they need to say, when it's time to throw out the script entirely, and how to recover from listener's drain, among other skills. Includes original illustrations by the author.

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The listening path : the creative art of attention

The listening path : the creative art of attention

Cameron, Julia, author
2021

The Listening Path is a transformational journey to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. Over six weeks, readers will be given the tools to become better listeners--to their environment, the people around them, and themselves. The reward for learning to truly listen is immense. As we learn to listen, our attention is heightened and we gain healing, insight, clarity. But above all, listening creates connections and ignites a creativity that will resonate through every aspect of our lives.

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The lost art of listening

The lost art of listening

Nichols, Michael P.
1995





Sensitive is the new strong : the power of empaths in an increasingly harsh world

Sensitive is the new strong : the power of empaths in an increasingly harsh world

Moorjani, Anita, 1959-
2021

An inspirational guide for sensitive people looking to fully harness their gifts of intuition and empathy in today's harsh world.

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You're not listening : what you're missing and why it matters

You're not listening : what you're missing and why it matters

Murphy, Kate (Journalist), author
2020

"At work, we're taught to lead the conversation. On social media, we shape our personal narratives. At parties, we talk over one another. So do our politicians. We're not listening. And no one is listening to us. Despite living in a world where technology allows constant digital communication and opportunities to connect, it seems no one is really listening or even knows how. And it's making us lonelier, more isolated, and less tolerant than ever before."-- Provided by publisher.

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