Developing empathy is essential to emotional and physical health – Part 1 | MSU Extension

Authors call for an “empathy epidemic” to address violence, bullying, child abuse, racism and other inequities.

Many parents, educators and scholars agree that the development of social and emotional skills is critically important for children, youth and adults. Part of emotional development is the development of empathy, which is defined as the ability to sense and recognize others’ feelings and emotions – and to care about making it better if it hurts.


They call for an “empathy epidemic” in order

to increase understanding and support

for the development of empathy in children,

youth and adults – and to help address

issues like bullying, child abuse, racism

and other systemic community issues.