Tag Archives: empathy

When You Want to Tear Your Hair Out: 20 Tips for Coaching Difficult Athletes

  Let’s face it. If you teach or coach long enough, inevitably you will have some students who you find irritating, abrasive or exasperating. They might not just annoy you, but also other coaches and even their classmates or teammates. Or maybe it is just you. Either way, on the days that they aren’t there teaching […]

What High School Chemistry Taught Me About Dealing with People Who are Upset

There is very little I remember about high school chemistry. Now, in fairness, this is not a cause of great concern because I learned very little to begin with, so there wasn’t much to forget. As I liked to remind my chemistry teacher, “I am never going to use this in my real life.” (Ok, […]

The Wisdom of the Fortune Cookie

“I got a fortune cookie that said, ‘To remember is to understand.’ I have never forgotten it. A good judge remembers what it was like to be a lawyer. A good editor remembers being a writer. A good parent remembers what it was like to be a child.” -Anna Quindlen, writer Back in the day… […]

Silver Linings

This marvelous little cartoon explaining the difference between empathy and sympathy has been floating around emails and Facebook for some time now. If you have not yet had a chance to view it (or even if you have), take two minutes to watch it. It is well worth it. Dr. Brown’s observation that empathy drives […]