Empathy in the Early Years

Social and Emotional Development

Empathy in the Early Years

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‘Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.’ (Gautama Buddha)

Even if only practised out of self-interest rather than true altruism, empathy (as described above) is regarded as a defining characteristic of humanity – a quality which demonstrates we are essentially social creatures. Thus it appears that, at many levels of society, we have acquired the ability to deal with difference by making an effort to learn about the opposing point of view.

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