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    Empathic mutual positioning in conciliation work

    Seu, Irene Bruna and Cameron, L. (2012) Empathic mutual positioning in conciliation work. In: Empathy: Dynamics, Dialogue, Conflict, 2012, Royal Institute of British Architects, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Event synopsis: Empathy -- understanding another person’s emotions and perspective -- plays a vital role in societies affected by conflict, reducing the probability of violence and offering the potential for reconciling differences. This conference will present new research into empathy in dialogue from the Global Uncertainties project Living with Uncertainty, led by Professor Lynne Cameron at the Open University. Examining empathy across international contexts (responses to terrorism in UK and to urban violence in Brazil, police-community interactions in USA, conflict transformation in Northern Ireland and Kenya) has revealed how people block empathy through the interaction of emotions, moral reasoning and social dynamics. If these blocks can be dismantled, then empathy with others is made more possible. Tracking successful empathy has identified strategies that can support better understanding of others through dialogue, even in times of increasing uncertainty.

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