We have been working on empathy in the leadership elective after school, and we've been doing it in such a fun way! We have been watching “A Little Princess” without any sound, observing and inferring what is happening and how the characters are feeling. One of our mentors found this exercise online through Psychology Today. The site has an article called “I Don’t Feel Your Pain: Overcoming Roadblocks to Empathy,” which talks about the importance of empathy, the lack of it in society, and how one can build empathy in themselves. One of the exercises the article suggests is to “watch TV with the volume down and practice your nonverbal interpretation by reading what each character is feeling and talking about,” which “is best done with subtle dramas, not action movies.” So this is exactly what we did!
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