THE LANGUAGE OF EMOTION
The Importance of Learning Empathy in the World of Technology by Martha Beach
Everyday, a Grade Two student (let’s call her Rose) repeatedly asks the other girls in her class to play with her. One of those classmates (who we’ll call Meg) gets fed up and complains that Rose’s requests are annoying and no one likes the games she plays. Meg’s mum advises her daughter to take a chance and invite Rose over. The next afternoon, the two little girls spend a couple hours playing together. As Rose is leaving that evening, Meg sees that Rose has a giant smile plastered across her face and she hears Rose’s words of excitement and notices her dancing feet too. Meg understands how gleeful Rose feels, and she feels that glee too.
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