Nurturing Empathy in Kids

An interview with Dr. Lawrence Shapiro

Ever had one of those vulnerable days when a little empathy was enough to make you feel anchored? Empathy is an essential component of a civilized society.

Are children born empathetic, or is it taught?

We are born empathetic. 

How can parents maintain it?
Parents are the teachers of emotional intelligence. 

At what age does empathy kick-in?

As early as nine months, or possibly earlier.

What are some red flags that indicate kids are lacking in empathy?.

Typically, empathy is the overriding quality that drives good behavior...


It is not clear whether empathetic thinking (perspective taking) or empathetic feeling can be taught. Understanding feelings and actually having those feelings are different things. ..

How does empathy help kids both in the short and long run?