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Empathy

: Understanding and sharing the emotions of others; ability to assess other people’s needs.

 

In order to be empathetic, you don't have to understand or agree with why someone feels the way they do; you simply need to connect with what someone else is feeling.

Brittney-Nichole Connor-Savarda
 

Articles

Topic: Empathy

Neuroscience News

Society for Research in Child Development

February 23, 2022

Siblings of Children With Disabilities May Have Greater Cognitive Empathy

Express

Sarah Lumley

February 7, 2022

Playing with dolls can help develop children's emotional intelligence, study finds

Forbes

Charles Towers-Cark

January 27, 2022

Wisdom, Empathy, & Evaluation: Why Education Needs to Shift Focus in The Digital Age

Psychology Today

Tom Bunn, LCSW

September 16, 2019

Megaphone Parenting Can't Meet a Child's Need for Mirroring

The Washington Post

Richard A. Friedman

November 26, 2021

Opinion: This empathy exercise might help you bridge some divides

 

Recommended Publications

Here are just a few handpicked books we believe to be great resources for understanding and developing empathy.  

mindsight by Daniel J. Siegal, M.D.

Mindsight

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

"Mindsight offers a new way of transforming your life for the better by connecting emotional awareness with the right reactions in your body, based on the work of a renowned psychologist and his patients." 
- Niklas Goeke

the empathy effect by Helen Riess, MD.

The Empathy Effect

Helen Riess, MD

A Revolutionary Guide for Understanding and Changing the Way We Connect. Dr. Riess presents a definitive resource on empathy: the science behind how it works, new research on how empathy develops from birth to adulthood, and tools for building your capacity to create authentic emotional connection with others in any situation. 

the age of empthay by Frans de Waal

The Age of Empathy

Frans de Waal

Through a better understanding of empathy's survival value in evolution, de Waal suggests, we can work together toward a more just society based on a more generous and accurate view of human nature.
 

The Zen of Listening by Rebecca Z. Shafir, M.A. CCC

The Zen of Listening

Rebecca Z. Shafir, M.A. CCC

Readers will be amazed at how simply learning to focus intently on a speaker improves the relationship, increases attention span, and helps develop negotiating skills. Learn the great barricades of misunderstanding, find out how to listen to ourselves, discover how to listen under stress, and boost our memory. 

Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Nonviolent Communication

Marshall B. Rosenberg

"The book focuses on how to express ourselves in a way that inspires empathy in others, and how to listen to them empathically in turn. This system radically changed my understanding of human interactions, and using these techniques with myself greatly reduced my own level of self-judgment."
- William Eden

Empathy by Roman Krznaric

Empathy

Roman Krznaric

 In this lively and engaging book, he argues that our brains are wired for social connection. Empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are. By looking outward and attempting to identify with the experiences of others, Krznaric argues, we can become not only a more equal society, but also a happier and more creative one.