Be empathy: a game that teaches children emotions

Our inner world It is a fantastic universe multifaceted, but it can also be complicated and chaotic: live in harmony with their own wide range emotions, without suppressing them or causing them to explode, it is not an easy thing. In fact, learning about the sphere of emotion since childhood has made us more or less adept at dealing with our own and others’ emotions. Develop your own emotional intelligence it means getting to know one’s own inner world, but also that of others, and adopting a behavior that is respectful of others, based on empathy. And to do that, it exists game dedicated to the little ones: Be empathetic.

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Be empathetic: The goal of the game

That game Be Empathy arises precisely from the need for learn to organize emotions, from an early age. In fact, children are affected by a myriad of very strong sensations, but they are not always able to cope with them. Often also because of us adults and the input we send. A common mistake for many parents is, in fact, that they strive for happiness for their children, to the detriment of emotions that are wrongly defined as “negative.” We often address the little ones with expressions like “do not be sad … do not cry … do not be afraid …”. But this only results in making them feel wrong and inappropriate.
Each emotion has its meaning and its applicability: fear, for example, is the most functional emotion we have, as it saves our lives and warns us of dangers; disgust helps to understand what not to eat or not to touch; anger helps to assert oneself; the anxiety of trying to predict future scenarios.

“There run after happiness at any cost it is one false myth – says Agustina Aguiar and Ricardo Goldstein, psychologists from the association Our Common Emotions – No emotions are superfluous, they all contribute to the well-being of the individual, even the much feared sadness. We must therefore teach children to recognize emotionsput them in order and manifest them in the most appropriate way.

A way to develop emotional intelligence

Be Empathy desires promote the development of emotional intelligence through play – again specify Agustina Aguiar and Ricardo Goldstein – This ability makes it possible to regulate the inner states and not to react in an impulsive way, controlled by emotions.

The ability to consciously recognize and deal with one’s own and others’ feelings forms the basis of empathy and for the construction of healthy conditionsboth for our well-being and to achieve our goals. “

The experience of the game, with Be Empathy, also allows you to do so experience the Mindfulness experience in a natural way, because children live the present while developing awareness of the emotional life: according to the principles of mindfulness, the present moment is actually the only one where we are connected to what is happening. Focusing on the “here and now” allows you to develop calm and improve your attention span.

Empathy: an illustration

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How do you play Be Empathy?

Be empathetic It is a board game born in Our Common Emotions – a Venetian association formed by a team of experts in neurocognitive disciplines – based on an intuition of Agustina Aguiar and Anita Liotto: psychologist and psychotherapist the first, designer the second, both always focused, each according to their skills, in the search for creative and training activities to develop emotional intelligence.

The game involves 4 to 8 players and unfolds on a board as you continue to overcome the challenges. The focus of the game is 3 sets of cards divided by color and expressive language: DRAW, BLA-BLA, THEATER.

Depending on the drawn card, the child will have to challenge his teammates and try to get them to understand the emotions depicted on it, and he can do so, depending on the pile, through drawing, words or body movements.

Points can also be earned through tokens representing emojis that children will have to make their classmates guess by imitating them.

The game allows participants to train – having fun – to recognize emotionsown and others, promotion ofemotional literacy and social skills and stimulating different types of languages.

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Paola Greco

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