In this excellent book both science journalist Maia Szalavitz and renowned child-psychiatrist Bruce D. Perry explain how empathy develops, why it is essential both to human happiness and for a functional society, and how it is threatened in the modern world.
From birth, when babies’ fingers instinctively cling to those of adults, their bodies and brains seek an intimate connection.. a bond made possible by empathy, the remarkable ability to love and to share the feelings of others. An old friend once beautifully described empathy as “feeling your pain in my heart”.
Unfortunately the world we live in is in dire need of love and the lack of empathy shown to children across the world who have never known loving parents has resulted in a very dysfunctional world. Of course, this lack of love across the earth should come as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with the words found at 2 Timothy 3:1-5 which basically says that in the last days many people will have no natural affection, fierce and without love of goodness.
It breaks my heart to think of children not having the basic love and attention that they require to grow into healthy adults. The video below is of Dr Bruce Perry discussing this book and how empathy develops. He makes a really good point at the beginning of his lecture about humans having an amazing capacity to teach future generations.. “Right now, there is an 8 year old child learning things about DNA that the smartest person in the world didn’t know 10 years ago”
Have a look at the video and see what you think.. If you’re interested in neuroscience or child psychology am sure you’ll really enjoy this vid..
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