Kids & Families First: The “Empathy Deficit” 

Experiencing chronic conflict can impair our capacity to empathize with another person. Thus, it becomes significantly difficult to resolve the problem. If it’s possible for another’s stress to be emotionally contagious, the challenge becomes preventing this from exacerbating the conflict situation. So how do we enhance empathy during periods of conflict and recover from the stress created by this?

One approach is engaging a community to share a common goal in working together. Conflict resolution is a protracted game.