Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Link to Empathy

As Dr. Debra Austin points out, empathy "can be described as 'feeling with a person, rather than feeling for them.   Austin, D, "The Neuroscience of Empathy," The Lawyer Brain (June 4, 2020).    I have to say, often times I'm not feeling at all.  I'm just motoring along without regard to others.  But I loved Dr. Austin's blog because it challenged me to grow, and isn't that what learning is all about?  And, there's more good news here.  According to Dr. Austin, we can learn to care with others.  It's a matter of choice, writes Dr. Austin:  "But if we can choose to avoid empathy, so too can we choose to develop empathy.  Skill-building takes work, but this type of effort is evident when people volunteer, participate in charity runs, protest, or listen to and read the stories of folks in other tribes."  Id. In these most difficult of days, there's lots of opportunities to practice that choice, to live it with our students, and to freely share ourselves for and with others.  So if you are looking for some suggestions, head on over to Dr. Austin's blog, which contains a list of activities that can help you choose wisely, right from this moment on.  (Scott Johns).

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