1. What is your name, background and interest with training empathy?
Celia Owens. I joined Edwin's Empathy group years ago, out of natural inclination, and have not been very active. I'm glad to see this initiative. I live in Santa Fe & Rome, and would like to start a European branch. I have worked in Hospice and Caregiving since 1990. I have an MA in Peace & Conflict Studies from Hacettepe U. in Turkey, where half of my classmates were from muslim Africa, also Kurds, Turks, Greeks, Bosnian, etc. I earned Masters Certification in NLP. I look forward to this association. My life has been as a visual artist and an editor/writer, teacher and traveler.
2. What are your ideas for forming an International Empathy Trainers Association?
Facing the vicissitudes of immigrating to Italy, I have a lot of empathy for immigrants, and identify with their plight. As a student of Buddhism, NLP and Taoism, I have learned something about how to be empathetic without feeling invaded yourself. I'd particularly like to seed a branch in Italy (as well as Santa Fe).
3. What sort of support do you need from IETA?
Think Tank network, credentials, opportunities.
4. How would you like to contribute of building the Association?
I can work on segments of curriculum, starting with the skills mentioned above; networking and bringing the association attention; creating programs and events.
5. What questions do you have for others on the list?
Let me know any time there is a way that I can contribute to your affairs, and come see me if you are in Santa Fe.
6. Will you be able to attend some planning and design meetings?
What dates and times are good for you?
When my time is flexible, I'd like to be there. I'm about to take my 91 year old mother on a trip to take care of some necessary business, and will return in June. May 28, I will try to be available, but can't be sure.
7. Other Comments?
I just read an article that said acetomycin (including tylenol) lowers empathy in people taking it. Now they are going to study ibuprofin and other common painkillers. Apparently, by reducing one's own pain, the pain of others seems more trivial. Perhaps we all need to be more willing to feel our own pain, and develop skills to transform it, in order to be keenly empathetic without being debilitated by it.