Perspective taking, also known as cognitive empathy, occurs when a person is able to imagine herself in the situation of another.
A good example is a line spoken by Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) in the movie To Kill a Mockingbird: “
If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Here are some strategies our graduates around the world use with their students to help develop both affective and cognitive empathy.
- Teaching Point of View
- Using Literature to Teach Different Perspectives
- Listening Actively to Others