Empathy, the ability to understand and to feel the emotions of others, is critical in the development of prosocial behavior, actions that benefit others.

This article discusses how children develop empathy, when it is good and when it is not. The author points out the difference between empathy and sympathy, and the value of intrinsic motivation. As with most things positive behavior, parenting plays a key role.

Read more at: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/understanding-how-children-develop-empathy/

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