the world too dangerous to encourage children to be caring and
trusting of others?
compassionate children at a disadvantage in a competitive,
can children learn moral courage when public role models
(including the President of the United States) often turn out
to have feet of clay?
our efforts to protect children and keep them safe in a
dangerous, unpredictable world, we send a message that they
need to be wary and suspicious
others–that being trusting and giving with people they don’t
know can be risky. Yet at the same time we want and expect
children to be kind, empathetic and caring. This kind of
double message is confusing at best. And, at worst, it ends
up preventing rather than promoting the development of
a serious problem because the research shows that children who
don’t feel compassion towards others or themselves feel more
“disconnected,” and are more at risk of depression and violent
behavior than those children who are genuinely compassionate.
In dramatic contrast, compassionate children perform better
academically and socially, have a higher sense of self-esteem,
and are at considerably less risk for depression. They are
also, predictably, much more likely to help others and stand
up for their own beliefs.
material I presented is based upon exciting new research
findings, clinical data and my 30 years’ experience as a
psychotherapist. I translate and synthesize this information
into an engaging, easily understandable format, which people
find to be genuinely helpful.
presentation integrates the following:
stories and anecdotes exemplifying the points covered in the
overview of a number of important–and sometimes
concrete suggestions and guidelines for audience