“Empathy is the ability to identify with another person’s concerns and feelings.

Empathy is the foundation of tolerance, compassion, and the ability to differentiate right from wrong. Empathy motivates teens and adults alike to care for those who are hurt or troubled.” (McNeely & Blanchard, 2009)

Once adolescents become self-aware, they can build their capacity to understand the feelings of others.  I can be difficult, however, for adolescents to correctly interpret the feelings of others from their faces or body language (American Psychological Association, 2002).

By Urban Institute

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Sources Cited

McNeely, C. & Blanchard, J. (2009). The teen years explained: A guide to healthy adolescent development. Center for Adolescent Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. http://www.jhsph.edu/bin/s/e/Interactive%20Guide.pdf

American Psychological Association. (2002). Developing adolescents: A reference for professionals. http://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/develop.pdf