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Well-Being & Resilience Series: Compassion, Empathy, Kindness to Ourselves

November 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Explore how compassion for others and ourselves can support our well-being through research and practice

This event is open to UW Medicine employees only.

This is part of a four-part series on Wednesdays from 12-1pm PT with occurrences on October 13 and November 10, 2021, and January 12 and February 9, 2022.

Objectives: Explore how compassion for others and for ourselves can support our well-being through an exploration of research and practices.

Content: Revisit our neurobiological response to threats and stress through the lens of self-compassion as a way of disrupting our fight, flight, and freeze response with self-kindness, common humanity, and mindful awareness. Explore the differences between empathy and compassion and how the pro-social emotion of compassion is generative towards our well-being. Look at how mirror neurons operate and amplify emotions around us with a focus on how calm is just as contagious as fear and anxiety.

Take Away: Getting stuck in the experience of empathy while engaging in critical work of providing care for people and their families experiencing health challenges can lead to burnout. Supporting the growth of self-compassion will promote folks’ ability to stay engaged with patients, families, and the broader community during challenging exchanges.

Zoom information will be provided to those registered within the week prior to the event.


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