These practical, evidence-based tips for teaching empathy are based on discoveries in psychology and neuroscience.
Teaching empathy? This might sound strange if you think of empathy as a talent--something we either have or lack.
But research also suggests that empathy is a complex phenomenon involving several component skills:
• A sense of self-awareness and the ability to distinguish one’s own feelings from the feelings of others.
• Taking another person’s perspective (or, alternatively, “putting oneself in another person’s shoes”).
• Being able to regulate one’s own emotional responses.