Teaching EmpathyAt LiveKind™, we believe that we learn by example and that just as bullying is a learned behavior, so is being kind rather than cruel. We believe that by identifying and acknowledging feelings evoked by bullying, bullies can be taught empathy. Our solution involves not only getting kids and adults to talk about bullying, but replaying the videos of these discussions, much like what is done in Self-Psychology in which therapists do not make interpretations of what they hear from clients but simply mirror what has been expressed.
This method is based on the assertion that people always need to be heard and understood. While in extreme cases legal intervention and punishment is imperative, we do not believe the far-reaching solution to the problem of bullying can come through punitive measures, as punitive measures typically only double down on the problem.