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.