Sunday, May 15, 2011

Home Schooling - Increasing Empathy


Song:  A Time For Us
Artist:  Andre Rieu


Empathy is the ability to feel what another is feeling
by matching known feelings to the situation of 
the subject of observation
(Reading is essentially observation as this 
creates a movie of the mind...
usually in third person perspective).

Empathy not only makes us better human beings...
it allows us to better flow with society...
making the individual more successful
as they can be seen as a positive attribute 
to a group.

Starting at the beginning...
 giving lots of love and affection...
allowing your child to see your delight
when you hold and play with him...
teaches him the same feelings... 
as the association of warm hugs and kisses
to facial expressions and touch
are mirrored in his mind.

He feels so good when he receives...
and when he is able to get responses
from you by doing the same actions.

He sees your face and remembers
what it looks like during those feelings.

Similar facial expressions seen in others
trigger the same feelings...
he has knowledge of those feelings...
he has developed...
 Empathy.


He knows how he had felt...
he feels how others feel.

He generalizes...
adds body language...
intonation...
situations...
from experience
(reading and movies are essentially experience too).

It is vitally important to your child
that he has a life filled with many
warm and loving memories
from which to base his future emotions upon.


A very good book for young children
to strengthen empathetic bonds.


Sylvester had one day wished that he could be a rock.


Many years passed as his family was sad...poor Sylvester had never wanted this.


It ends up with a happy ending.

When Alex had first read this story many years ago...
we saw him crying on the sofa.

He said it was so sad...
poor Sylvester...
he was taken away from his family...
he just wanted to go home...
and he said he felt so sorry for his family too.
They thought he had died.

There are many good books out there.

Now for DVDs...

Some of the best dramas in the world...
(in my opinion...and the rest of the world's
according to sales stats)
are Korean TV Dramas.

They can be gotten off of E-bay or Amazon.


The Drama that started the Korean drama
craze in Japan.

The first one I had seen.
I was immediately hooked.

They are available with subtitles...
(which increase reading speed)

They are very chaste in nature
(although not all Korean dramas are...
all of these shown are)
and so, are suitable for the young.

They are very traditional in morals and values.

The facial expressions by the actors
transmit powerful emotions...
they make you feel what they are feeling.

I don't care how tough you are...
you will cry many times during these
great dramas.

You will run the gamut of human emotions
watching these...
you will...
laugh...
 cheer for the good guys...
be angry at the villains...
hope for love to win out.




They run 20+ hours in total each.

They are filled with...
 beautiful scenery...
beautiful music...
an unforgettable story line.

The character development 
is extremely deep.




These are veritable treasure troves
of good morals and values...
examples of good triumphing...
and evil defeated.




I can fully vouch for all of these.

I watched these...

no...that is not the right term...

I had fully experienced these
in my soul.


They are all from the same director...
thoroughly enjoyable.

Through these...
you may journey through many of
life's most sacred and cherished
emotions.

Giving positive examples of 
deep human emotions...
is a great way to greatly increase...
Empathy.


4 comments:

  1. I read somebody's blog regularly who loves her Korean dramas.

    Thank you for the empathetic recommendation!

    My favourite Korean movie is probably Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.

    And the ones you recommend are very seasonal and rhythmitic/dynamic.

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  2. I have a bought a couple thousand dollars worth over the years. They are such a fulfilling way to relax and enjoy a few nights worth of pure pleasure.

    Thank you for your comment.

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  3. Developing empathy in our son is one of our greatest challenges.

    Thanks for your suggestions. I will look for the Sylvester book at our next trip to the library. I don't know if our son will be into the Korean dramas yet, but they look like something my wife and I would enjoy!

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  4. The book is a classic tale...I am sure Kai will enjoy it.

    You will get so much enjoyment from the Korean Dramas. They generally sell for approximately $20.00 - $45.00 depending on your buying timing. When the market is low on a certain series...the sellers hike up the costs to over $100.00. Just be patient...they cycle up and down over the course of a year. I got most of mine in the $20.00 range..including shipping.

    They are well worth it. On Amazon...there are plenty of other Korean Dramas available. I've seen so many...I get my mother a set for almost every occasion. She absolutely loves them.

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