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Why Is Empathy An Essential Skill?

Since I’ve become a mother I have received all kinds of advice about what my daughters should learn in order to be successful. Computer programming. English. Chess. Ballet. Chinese. Math. Team sports. Music. Martial arts. I’m pregnant with my third daughter; I’m already in my seventh month, with a visible belly. Every day, when I [...]

Am I Too Crazy To Work in Mental Health?

This is an edited extract of a blog post by Polly Chester. Read the full piece here.   I’ve learned that knowledge of mental health practice can give us a dangerous and false sense of galvanization against what we advocate for. The conversation I had with the previously unknown general practitioner who recently assessed me said [...]

Teenagers Are Still Developing Empathy Skills

The teen years are often fraught with door-slamming, eye-rolling and seeming insensitivity, even by kids who behaved kindly before. Some parents worry that they're doing something wrong, or that their children will never think of anyone but themselves. New research shows that biology, not parenting, is to blame. In adolescence, critical social skills that are [...]