Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Empathy links separate beings together as it enhances interpersonal relationships and motivates justice and prosocial behavior. Therefore, it is beneficial to reflect upon how empathy is first instilled and enhanced, as well as how it is suppressed. With such information, strategies can be devised to foster empathy by means of structured guidance. The experience of empathy involves both cognitive precursors and affective experiences that allow the observer to become involved in the complex, emotional, inner-world of the subject. Moreover the observer's expression of empathy and an individual's feelings of concern for the subject can be prompted or inhibited by a variety of antecedents such as personal disposition, self-other differentiation, and emotional regulation. The proposed empathy fostering program utilizes aspects of factors that enhance empathy, such as parenting practices, school environment, and self-motivation. These are translated into self-exploration exercises, roleplaying techniques, and content-reflection that afford expressively enveloping experiences while promoting a deeper understanding of thoughts and emotions.
BF1 .M63 v. 16 no. 1 2010
Hanson, Jennifer L.
"Fostering empathy in children: A literature review and proposal,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 16:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol16/iss1/4