The “trainability” of empathy has been researched and put into practice by some leading psychologists and educators. Forefront among those has been the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. This Center has produced educational programs for school children that inform them about the nature of optimism, hope, and the importance of doing something for others. Students learn techniques for assertiveness, negotiation, decision-making, social problem-solving, and relaxation. These skills can be applied to many contexts of life, including personal relationships, academic and occupational achievement.
So although the research on today’s youth might tempt you to feel pessimistic or even self-righteous, if anything it is a call to redouble our efforts to ensure that our future generations learn the lessons that truly matter, and not just how to compete and out-maneuver others. Importantly, this type of learning and development can occur at any point in life.
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