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Elements of PACE – Empathy


Empathy is the cornerstone of emotional co-regulation and safe attachments.

Dan Siegel talks about how one needs a safe and empathetic relationship in order to develop connections in the brain. However, empathy can be difficult when there is violence in the home.

Empathy is when you experience the feeling with the person, as opposed to “feeling sorry” for them. When a caregiver shows empathy, the young person does not feel alone with his / her distress but feels supported and understood.

Next is a video that explains empathy in an interesting way and is something you can use with mothers. It may not be suitable for young people, but it would be good for mothers to view and talk about their experiences with empathy.

Brené Brown on Empathy (2013)

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

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