- Transforming youth potential
4)Decision making skills.
In many cases, young people react to situations in three main ways.
Aggressive behavior involves:
Empathy is the ability to understand and show appreciation for another person’s circumstances and feelings. Empathy is a very important life-skill that should be taught and encouraged in schools. When we see someone in pain and feel that response in our own gut, that’s empathy. When we see someone struggling with a problem and feel an emotional pull to help, that’s empathy. Empathy is important in building close relationships, and developing strong communities. Raising empathetic youths and children might seem like a difficult task but its possible in the near future to have a generation of empathetic youths and children. It is good to remember that as we all go through life, we come across people in difficult and challenging situation. We also face such situations. We therefore need other people to show us empathy. Empathy helps build strong interpersonal relationships and instill a sense of belonging and dignity. When we are shown empathy, we begin to feel like we are cared for, important, respected and dignified. Empathy also enhances non-violence conflict resolution. It is due to empathy that we are able to see things from another person’s perspective. When we do this, then we are able to make appropriate compromises and offers, thus we are able to solve conflict and violence.
Living values associated with Empathy
In order for you to be able to empathize, there are certain living values that need to have.
Both you and the person requiring empathy must be honest. Honesty is a living value that young people should have in this generation to be empathetic. Would you be empathetic towards someone you know is always lying? Would you readily accept assistance from a person who is known to cheat people?
If you have integrity, then you will not take advantage of the other person in a difficult situation. You will help the person whole heartedly without expecting personal gain.
Having the value of simplicity means that you are direct and easy to understand. In expressing empathy, you need to be simple and clear for the other person to be able to appreciate the empathy shown.
When you have humility, you consider all people to be important and therefore help them and treat them with dignity.
When you have this value, you will take it upon yourself to provide assistance to a person who needs it. Without this, you would be unable to empathize because you will leave it to somebody else to help.
This will ensure that you do not look down upon other people or act in a demeaning manner as you express empathy. Being disrespectful as you express empathy may discourage the person from accepting your assistance. If you are respectful, you will offer assistance to those in need because you hold them in high regard.
12)Coping with stress and emotions.
15)Peace and conflict resolutions.
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