We have expressions like "see the world through rose-colored glasses" because how we see the world influence all our responses. For example, when children assume their classmates dislike them, they alienate peers in anticipation of the emotional hurt, thus beginning a downward spiral. Empathy helps connect us to others, gain perspective and facilitate friendship, but did you know that it also makes one happier?Practice in Perspective Taking
Understand which feelings and facial expressions may be associated with different scenarios
Gather information to identify others’ feelings, and choose the best way to help them feel better
Recognize when someone is isolated in a fun environment and choose to include them,
Ability to consider all sides' points of views reduce misunderstanding and conflicts
Resist peer pressure to make fun of others and stand up against bullying
Facilitate meaningful social interaction and help children feel connected and understood
Research shows that strong empathy in children equates to less bullying, aggressive behavior and emotional disorders, and to better relationships, communication skills, classroom engagement and success in school. Another study finds that teenagers’ ability to experience and express empathy changes and can continue to develop during this important yet often turbulent life stage.
Parents can prepare their children for the pressures of adolescence through strengthening their empathy skills. curaFUN’s social emotional learning and life skills products develop children and teens’ empathy skills in realistic and fun formats that are scientifically proven and provide ample opportunities for children to rehearse and apply their newfound skills on their virtual quests.
The benefits of empathy extend throughout children’s lives into adulthood. Empathy contributes to strong and satisfying personal relationships, including marriages. It can create more success at work, as careers involve relating to and understanding other people such as bosses, colleagues, customers and clients. Beyond relating, it helps with conflict resolution, figuring out a customer’s experience and other useful skills in the workplace. Empathetic people even tend to do better in leadership positions.
|Empathy is a trait that involves putting yourself in another person’s shoes and feeling or imagining what it’s like for them to have the experience they’re having. You can understand how a person feels or experience the feeling with them through perspective taking, tone of voice and nonverbal communication cues. While this may seem like an inherent human trait, some people have it more than others. By helping your children develop empathy skills, you prime them for responsible actions, healthy relationships, emotional wellbeing and solid self image now and in the long run.
The most successful people in business work in a team to design solutions starting by identifying who the end users are and how those people feel when they have the problem the design should solve. Empathy is not only a crucial strength in business career, but teaching, medical, law, and the list goes on.
Weaknesses in empathy can lead to a variety of problems, such as:
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