‘Memory and Magic: Identifying empathetic humans with children’ – Teaching movement to boost feeling of empathy in Olympic sport
NEW YORK, N.Y., March 22, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “Memory and Magic: Identifying empathetic humans with children” is being offered by doctoral candidate Nicole Vreedenburgh of the University of Guelph’s Department of Psychology. “The sharing of child-focused experiences with adults is an intervention that can be used in a range of settings such as schools, universities, prisons, and social services. We aim to produce truly transformative programs.”
The book is a fascinating and timely take on this social reality.
Measuring Empathy Across Tiers and Quality of Experiences
This summer the eyes of the world are glued to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where expectation is high and the gold will surely be won. What can we expect in these 100 days of test events and the pressure of hard competition? What are the abilities of these athletes to help lead their country to success?
While Olympic athletes and other elite performers tend to focus on hard data, this survey provides a much-needed glimpse into their own raw feelings and feelings of solitude. In summary, participants believe that they cannot control how much they feel and who they feel it toward. Fewer than half say that they have been able to fall asleep without becoming overly stressed. More than a third say that they have dreamed of the competitive spirit – but few if any have experienced it. Most express wish for a life where they could be less jealous of others or dislike them less. Many also indicate that they look to other sports events and stage plays for inspiration – evidence of their feeling empathy in a broader sense.
In summary, Empathy in Practice
Relying on evidence from past observation and experience, “Memory and Magic” offers a wealth of information about empathizing in this particular context. Both participants and the coach can gain experience in collaborating to cultivate and develop emotional intelligence.
Vreedenburgh maintains that “success will hinge on confidence in the growth of the coach in empathizing to the students – a type of insight that has yet to fully surface.” As seen in “Memory and Magic,” this insight is backed by careful experience of student and coach alike.
“Empathy in Practice”
“Everyone seems to have a background experience with empathy and the importance of it. It is an essential human quality,” stresses Dr. Vreedenburgh.
She articulates how to improve empathy and its measurement across psychological training, by observing that; “… the medium of sensing is called empathy, and we gain our empathy from detecting others. Just like how we pick out hair from a mirror or taste someone’s food in order to recognize their subtle ways of communicating.”
Nicole Vreedenburgh, PhD, Teaching Fellow and Researcher at University of Guelph, Professional Researcher, Compassion Research and Practice Coordinator at Hamilton Psychology Clinic and Research Assistant Professor at University of Guelph.
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Nicole Vreedenburgh of the University of Guelph’s Department of Psychology is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology. “Memory and Magic: Identifying empathetic humans with children” is being released in Spring 2016. www.academiclink.ucalguelph… Nicole Vreedenburgh
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