This article about empathy and empowerment comes from an interview with Dr. Maurice Elias and focuses on the importance of empowering girls to be successful in a competitive world. Dr. Elias suggests several tactics to help build empathy and confidence in girls as they grow and develop.Source:
Nina Teggarty, Raising Kick-Ass Heroines, October 24, 2019Description:
We are now seeing a “worldwide emphasis” on empathy because children need to know what feelings look like in others – and in themselves – but: “These are two skill areas in which many of our children have deficiencies.” Nurturing empathy can be problematic – especially for girls. They are socialized to be more empathic. They are given more opportunities to develop their caring quotient than boys. However, when they hit the workplace they discover that this skill-set is frowned upon. In our dog-eat-dog world, expressing emotions is seen as a sign of weakness. As Dr Elias puts it: “Women enter the workplace and find themselves challenged: you don’t have empathy for your competitors.”Read the full article here!