The Concept Of Compassion In Organizational Life

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Conceptualizing aderrrett, 2013). Additionally, in relation to the prototype approach, Shaver et al. (1987) compared the prototype of fear with the prototype of compassion and confidently state that the prototype of fear is unpleasant and highly arousing while the prototype of compassion appears to be pleasant and low arousal.
Compassion in Organizational Life

A study (Kanov et al. 2004) held the goal of exploring compassion in work organizations.

More importantly, Kanov et al. (2004) conclude that compassion frequently occurs in response to

another person’s suffering. Moreover, it went on to explore the type of process that compassion

can be identified as, the elements associated with compassion, compassion’s eliciting event,
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Clark (1997) states becoming aware of another person’s pain and/or suffering while also noticing

the pain that they are in is the first critical step in the compassion process. In order to notice that

someone is in pain/suffering, we can either cognitively appraise the situation or we can

unconsciously experience that person’s emotional and/or physical distress. Secondly, Clark

(1997) states that our feeling of compassion allows others to successfully connect to another

person’s hurt and anguish. Lastly, Clark (1997) states that the ability to experience and feel the

other person’s pain allows us to try and help eliminate the other person’s hurt (Reich, 1989;

von Dietze & Orb, 2000). Therefore, it appears that Clark (1997) firmly believes that compassion

is synonymous with approach behavior. Additionally, Kanov et al. (2004) discuss both the

eliciting event of compassion and compassion’s overall effects.

As stated by Frost, Dutton, Worline, and Wilson (2000) and Reich (1989), compassion’s

eliciting event stems from people seeing other people’s suffering and anguish that causes them
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Von Dietze and Orb (2000) state that compassion likely involves a deeper amount of

involvement in another person’s plight(s) compared to empathy, sympathy and caregiving. On

the other hand, empathy, and arguably sympathy, may only involve thinking about another

person’s plight while having no intention of approaching the individual as is the case with

compassion . Lastly, Von Dietze and Orb (2000) state that compassion can include empathy

and allows the others to more fully connect and identify with the sufferer’s predicament,

therefore creating a closer bond between the helper and the sufferer.

Mindfulness and compassion: An examination of mechanism and

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