Pediatric Health Blog, Texas Children’s Hospital – Empathy: The Antidote To Bullying

Empathy has little to do with rallies, reports, celebrities or anti-defamation league banners. Empathy is a quiet, powerful work. Empathy is the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person’s feelings, or in simple colloquialism “walking in someone else’s shoes.”

 

Empathy is about “connecting.” Bullying, conversely, is about “disconnection.”

 

To develop a community ethos of empathy we must start with modeling kindness, compassion and acceptance. If we want empathy and inclusion in schools then parents must model empathy within the family, because the “demonstration” of empathy has a greater impact than “instruction.”

 

by Diane Murrell, Clinical Social Worker