Review of: “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World”

Review of: “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World”

Author: Michele Borba

Review by: Angela Letzner, LPCC-S

This book is a parenting guide to raising children to develop the skills of empathy. Today’s world is self focused and science is showing that this change is reducing people’s ability to learn, develop and grow empathy. Empathy is an ability to recognize how others feel. This is an important tool in many ways, helpful in business and personally.

The book is broken down into 3 parts: Developing Empathy, Practicing Empathy, and Living Empathy. Each part has chapters which create the 9 habits that provide people with what the author terms the “empathy advantage”. At the end of each chapter are helpful tips to develop and/or practice the skill explored with age group guidelines and specific practices.

In today’s world of social media, selfies and self promotion, this book provides scientific evidence as well as real-life stories of how developing empathy can significantly impact the giver of empathy as well as the receiver of empathy.

* self-help books can be beneficial in helping work through issues either on your own or in conjunction with therapy. If there are things books suggest that don’t work for you or you disagree with, it is recommended to just dismiss that content.

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