Letting children describe emotions boosts their empathy

Letting children describe their emotions boosts both the consciousness of their feelings and their level of empathy. This is the conclusion of an Italian study published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Research has involved 110 children aged on average 7 years old, assigned to training and control conditions. Over a 2-month intervention program during which they listened to illustrated tales based on emotional scripts, the training group was asked to describe and discuss feelings and emotions, while the control was just asked to produce a drawing about the stories. Results have shown that the first had developed a better understanding of happiness, rage, sadness as well as a deeper degree of empathy.