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Empathy through Acting

Roy Tomeij
April 17, 2018
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Empathy through Acting

Individuals can only advance when they know they are valued, listened to, and understood. Without having lived the same life as them, it's often hard to understand why people do what they do. It requires empathy, and practicing empathy can be tough when someone differs greatly from you, personally or professionally. But, being empathetic can be learned, for instance through method acting.

Let's talk about the fascinating acting techniques of Stanislavski, Strasberg, Adler & Meisner, and learn how you too can employ the Method to better understand (and work with) the people in your life.

PS: These slides are probably useless without the talk ;-)

Roy Tomeij

April 17, 2018
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  1. empathy
    through
    acting

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  2. an experiment

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  3. that's not what happened

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  4. why me &
    why acting?

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  5. a make-believe situation
    +
    a recalled emotion
    =
    good acting

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  6. what is
    empathy?

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  7. empathy is the psychological
    identification with,
    or vicarious experiencing of,
    the feelings, thoughts or
    attitudes of another

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  8. TL;DR
    the ability to put yourself in
    someone else's shoes

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  9. sympathy vs empathy
    pity vs understanding

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  10. drama triangle

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  11. victim rescuer
    persecutor

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  12. to be accepting

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  13. to let go of status

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  14. to work together

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  15. to work with what's there

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  16. what is acting?

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  17. feeling a genuine emotion
    in a make-believe situation

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  18. acting is always about conflict

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  19. the Method
    the Method

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  20. –Daniel Day-Lewis
    “the gravitational pull
    of another life that fires
    one’s curiosity”

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  21. some good news

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  22. –Konstantin Stanislavski
    “the art of experiencing”

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  23. employing
    the Method

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  24. The Empathetic Acting Method

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  25. five steps to TEAM
    1. let go
    2. basic emotion
    3. listen & learn
    4. complex emotion
    5. memory recall

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  26. 2.
    determine the
    basic emotion

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  27. 3.
    learn through
    active listening

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  28. 3.
    learn through
    active listening

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  29. 4.
    determine the
    complex emotion

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  30. a situation that seems
    uncontrollable and
    unavoidable, and a mood state
    of not being ready to cope with
    upcoming negative events

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  31. 5.
    memory recall

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  32. 5.
    memory recall

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  33. empathy
    through
    acting

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  34. BONUS:
    conflict resolution

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