Empathy Unbound: Embrace Your Superpower

by Andrew Phipps

Empathy has disappeared from our society. Our politics, economy, environment and society do not embrace the need to show empathy. Exploring the need for empathy in our lives, a diverse range of guests from across the world join host Andrew Phipps to discuss and debate why we need empathy unbound.

Podcast episodes

  • Rachel Romero - vulnerability, empathy, taking an arts-based approach to learning, safe environments

    Rachel Romero - vulnerability, empathy, taking an arts-based approach to learning, safe environments

    Exploring Vulnerability and Empathy in Education with Dr. Rachel Romero In this episode of Empathy Unbound, host Andrew Phipps speaks with Dr. Rachel Romero, a sociologist and educator from Texas State University. They discuss the challenges and importance of vulnerability, particularly in educational settings, and Romero's innovative teaching methods that foster empathy and self-awareness through autoethnography and arts-based approaches. Drawing from her experiences and extensive academic background, Romero explains how her personal history and family influences shape her research and teaching philosophy. The conversation delves into the nuances of storytelling, the power of empathy, and the significance of creating safe environments for open dialogue. 00:00 The Challenge of Vulnerability 01:13 Introducing Dr. Rachel Romero 02:20 Exploring Autoethnography 03:16 Rachel's Personal Journey 05:33 The Power of Storytelling 06:23 Defining Key Concepts: Self-Awareness, Empathy, and Vulnerability 07:53 Student Reflections on Autoethnography 09:37 Vulnerability in the Classroom 15:18 The Role of Social Media in Storytelling 18:50 The Importance of Personal Stories 26:32 Art-Based Methods in Research and Teaching 31:07 Understanding the Power of Drama in Education 31:44 Exploring Empathy Through Unique Perspectives 34:13 Challenges in Discussing Sensitive Topics 36:58 The Importance of Empathy in Education 45:23 Innovative Teaching Methods for Large Classrooms 48:42 The Future of Empathy and Sustainability 52:12 Final Thoughts and Reflections Rachel's Faculty Profile I'd love to hear from you do please drop me a note andrew.phipps@empathyunbound.com

  • Michael Inzlicht - empathy, AI, the effort paradox, the effects of chronic cannabis use and how social media impact human behaviour and well-being

    Michael Inzlicht - empathy, AI, the effort paradox, the effects of chronic cannabis use and how social media impact human behaviour and well-being

    Empathy, AI, and the Effort Paradox with Professor Michael Inzlicht In this episode of 'Empathy Unbound,' host Andrew Phipps engages in a profound conversation with Professor Michael Inzlicht from the University of Toronto. They explore the complexities of empathy, the potential of empathic AI, and how humans often avoid empathy due to its mentally demanding nature. The discussion also delves into the intriguing 'effort paradox,' where effort is both avoided and valued, and how chronic cannabis use and social media impact human behaviour and well-being. This episode offers a deep dive into modern psychological science, AI ethics, and the dynamic interplay between work, effort, and leisure. 00:00 Introduction to AI and Empathy 01:27 Welcome to Empathy Unbound 01:33 Meet Professor Michael Inzlicht 05:31 Defining Empathy 11:32 Exploring Empathic AI 27:03 The Effort Paradox 36:20 The Effort Paradox 36:43 Empathy in Parenting 37:34 The Value of Struggle 39:17 Exercise as a Miracle Pill 40:43 The Effort Paradox in Daily Life 45:12 Social Media's Impact on Wellbeing 50:14 Exploring Cannabis Use 56:28 Future Research Directions 01:00:10 AI in Medicine and Governance 01:06:54 Final Thoughts and Reflections

  • Professor Terri Givens - the significance of empathy, personal histories, and societal impacts of structural racism

    Professor Terri Givens - the significance of empathy, personal histories, and societal impacts of structural racism

    Radical Empathy and Pathways to Inclusion with Professor Terry Givens In this episode of 'Empathy Unbound,' host Andrew Phipps welcomes Professor Terry Givens, a renowned author and orator, to discuss her book 'Radical Empathy: Finding a Pathway to Bridging Racial Divides.' They delve into the significance of empathy, personal histories, and societal impacts of structural racism. Professor Givens shares her journey from a non-diverse upbringing in Spokane, Washington, to her influential roles in academia. They explore the critical need for educational reforms, accountability in DEI initiatives, and the intersections of migration, race, and climate change. The conversation highlights actionable steps for fostering empathy and creating lasting societal changes. 00:00 Introduction to Empathy and Star Trek 00:49 The Importance of Education in Reparations 01:23 Introducing Professor Terry Givens 03:14 Terry Givens' Background and Upbringing 06:10 Journey to Academia and Radical Empathy 11:46 Six Steps of Radical Empathy 15:48 Challenges and Actions in DEI 22:33 Diversity in Academia and Corporate World 23:36 Businesses Getting It Right 24:01 Ethnicities in the U.S. vs. Europe 24:25 Historical Context of Immigration 25:24 Intersection of Migration and Race 33:16 Truth and Reconciliation 36:21 Challenges in Academia 40:13 Immigration Policies and Climate Change 47:09 Upcoming Book and Final Thoughts https://www.terrigivens.com/ Drop me a note andrew.phipps@empathyunbound.com

  • Cormac Davey - empathy and adventure, the power of nature, the dangers of overthinking

    Cormac Davey - empathy and adventure, the power of nature, the dangers of overthinking

    Empathy and Adventure: A Conversation with Cormac Davey In this episode of Empathy Unbound Host Andrew Phipps engages in a thoughtful conversation with Cormac Davey, co-founder of The Living Project, from Singapore. The discussion explores the detrimental effects of overthinking, the significance of outdoor experiences, and how connecting with nature can profoundly impact mental well-being. Cormac shares his journey from working in international development to leading school adventure expeditions and co-founding a social enterprise. He emphasizes the power of nature in fostering self-awareness, empathy, and personal growth. The episode also touches on topics like the importance of live, in-person connections versus digital interactions, the role of mentorship, and the therapeutic benefits of practices such as cold water immersion and breath work. Tune in to discover how outdoor adventures can help you embrace your superpower of empathy. 00:00 The Power of Decision-Making and Nature 00:54 Introduction to Cormac Davey 01:12 Cormac's Journey and Career 02:08 The Living Project and Nature Connection 02:49 Personal Reflections and Empathy 06:29 The Importance of Outdoor Experiences 10:50 Mental Health Benefits of Nature 15:53 Creating Meaningful Outdoor Adventures 27:03 The Value of Real-Life Connections 29:11 The Importance of Disconnecting from Technology 29:55 Memorable Moments Without Screens 30:53 The Impact of Technology on Human Connection 35:16 Role Models and Mentorship for Young Men 41:02 The Benefits of Cold Water Immersion and Breath Work 48:53 Encouraging Participation in Outdoor Expeditions 51:36 Final Thoughts and Gratitude Take a look at https://www.thelivingproject.life/ and make the decision to have an adventure and maybe, just maybe, change your life for the better. Don't just believe me, read this article https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2024/apr/16/wild-camping-and-hiking-in-knoydart-scotland-highlands to learn more. Reach out to me on andrew.phipps@empathyunbound.com I'd love to hear from you

  • Dr. Anna Stone - Exploring Empathy, Belief Systems, and Social Dynamics

    Dr. Anna Stone - Exploring Empathy, Belief Systems, and Social Dynamics

    Exploring Empathy, Belief Systems, and Social Dynamics with Dr. Anna Stone In this episode of 'Empathy Unbound,' we delve into the essence of human empathy and belief systems with Dr. Anna Stone, a Senior Lecturer from the University of East London. Anna's focus is the psychology of belief (religion, politics, morals, the paranormal). We discuss the impact of empathy on social interactions, the challenges and benefits of traditional values, and the importance of addressing modern-day loneliness through volunteerism. Additionally, Dr. Stone shares insights from her research on human rights, animal rights, and the psychological underpinnings of religious and paranormal beliefs. The conversation also touches upon the influence of gender and political views on veganism, and the potential future impact of AI on human society. 00:52 Welcome to Empathy Unbound 00:57 Introducing Dr. Anna Stone 01:19 Exploring the Psychology of Belief 01:39 Empathy and Human-Animal Relationships 02:12 Anna Stone's Research Interests 03:49 The Importance of Empathy in Society 04:53 The Epidemic of Loneliness 07:32 Defining Empathy 10:47 Empathy and Social Dynamics 14:29 Gender, Empathy, and Social Hierarchies 19:24 Changing Attitudes Towards Gender 24:08 Challenging Traditions and Societal Norms 25:49 Animal-Human Continuity and Ethical Consumption 30:19 Exploring Paranormal Beliefs 37:53 The Impact of Borders and Global Awareness 43:20 The Future of AI and Consciousness 47:58 Concluding Thoughts and Reflections empathyunbound.com andrew.phipps@empathyunbound,com https://uel.ac.uk/about-uel/staff/anna-stone