Empathy means to stand in another person's shoes, i.e. to see things from their perspective.
EMPATHY is at the heart of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). In an NVC context, empathy means to connect with feelings and needs - our own and other people's.
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This is one of those terrible, tragic stories that could have been prevented.
McKenzie Adams, a 4th grader at U.S. Jones Elementary School in Alabama, died last week after she hung herself in their home. Her family blames racist bullying that apparently occurred at her school.
Constant, unrelenting bullying - this may be what drove this little girl to take her own life. Go here to read more.
This is just one more reason why we need nonviolence and NVC (Nonviolent Communication).
NVC is about EMPATHY.
See also: Mom Banned from School after She Confronts Daughter's Bullies.
Zhana is the publisher of the annual Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence and the author of Success Strategies for Black People and Affirmations for Parents.