Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and understand their feelings. This ability develops in a child from an early age, when he just begins to interact with the world around him. When a three-month-old child expresses his needs in the presence of his parents and reacts to the objects of the external world, he learns the first lessons of interaction with people. Over time, the child develops this skill more and more, in the course of interaction with parents, he learns to communicate using non-verbal signals and develops speech.
The better parents can teach a child to understand the nuances of communication, to recognize verbal and nonverbal signals indicating the reaction of the interlocutor, the more solid Foundation they lay in the development of the child’s empathy skills. Continue reading