Making the political personal: how psychology undermines feminist activism
Feminists should be more concerned about the way the therapy model individualizes women’s oppression and professionalizes empathy.
DECEMBER 21, 2017

"We are all exhausted, stressed out, depleted, depressed, and distressed, and so can relate to and empathize with women experiencing the same. But, as feminists, we know patriarchy exists and that we face various forms of oppression in this world, so why don’t we question the oft-repeated advice, “Take care of yourself first,” when a sister expresses her troubles, and instead say, “Let’s help one another.”"

"Good therapists are described as being empathetic, attentive, and, most of all, people we trust and can speak openly to without being judged. These are all qualities one would hope describes a good friend, but we have been taught that we are not enough, and that there are “professionals” who are simply better at empathy than us.

This professionalization of empathy and care has deeply affected the feminist movement, as rape crisis centres and battered women’s shelters become increasingly staffed by those with the ability to get degrees, rather than by regular women —"

"We have to reach out and organize in real life, help each other, be supportive and understanding, listening and empathetic, tolerant and kind, but also firm and truthful. We must understand that we are all hurt, frustrated, and angry — and that this is not something we have to deal with alone."

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Why Empathetic HR Leaders Are More Effective
By Arlene S. Hirsch
Jan 15, 2018
"Creating a More Empathetic Culture
The 2016 Empathy Index showed that companies that successfully create empathetic cultures retain the best talent, create environments where diversity is valued and reap greater financial rewards. The top 10 companies in the 2015 Global Empathy Index increased in value more than twice as much as the bottom 10 and generated 50 percent more earnings."
"Coaching and mentoring are particularly effective ways to cultivate a more empathetic culture. "

Re-Fresh: Cultural Transformation at Microsoft
By Terence Brake
Changing Company Culture'
01 Nov / 2017

Building an Empathetic Culture

His philosophy is based on the power of deep empathy for other people. His son Zain was born with cerebral palsy, and the challenge forced him to change the way he looks at relationships, both at home and at work. “Ideas excite me. Empathy grounds and centers me,” he says. What is the power of empathy?

Empathy improves team work:
His team needed to deepen their understandings of one another, and to connect their personal philosophies to their jobs. He wanted them to connect as people, not cubicle drones

Empathy helps open the mind:
With empathy, the mind opens to thinking about other people’s perspectives. In a Wall Street Journal interview, he said, “The business we are in is to meet the unmet, unarticulated needs of customers. And there’s no way you’re going to do that well without having empathy and curiosity.”

Empathy helps you admit mistakes and move on:
Empathy lets you step back, reflect, and change directions (re-fresh). We all need to hit the re-fresh button occasionally. Re-fresh is not a destructor of the old. Bill Gates in the Foreword for the book stresses that re-fresh actually keeps some things while replacing others."