UnSelfie

Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World

Publisher: Touchstone
Available in: Paperback. Also available in Hardcover, Audio, and E-Reader
ISBN: 978-1-5011-1003-0
Published: May 23, 2017

In our hyper-connected, social-media-saturated society, many of us (especially young people) are so obsessed with snapping “selfies” and living a virtual life online that we’re forgetting how to care for the people right in front of us IRL (that’s “in real life”). That resulting Selfie Syndrome is leading to an empathy crisis among today’s youth—teens today are 40% less empathetic than they were just a generation ago, and narcissism has increased 58% during that same period.

But there is a solution: studies show that the antidote to Selfie Syndrome is empathy. And is a skill that’s vital for children’s mental health, leadership skills, and continued well-being, today and tomorrow. Dr. Borba’s nine-step plan for raising successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient provides a revolutionary new framework for learning empathy and is culled from 30 years of research and traveling the world to find the best solutions. Her findings show that empathetic kids will thrive in the future, but the seeds of success can be planted today—one habit at a time.

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“Empathy helps us develop true friendships and have a happy life, and Michele Borba’s practical insights and advice are a huge help for parents who want to nurture this essential skill in their children.”
– Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block

“This beautiful gem of a book is a must-read for all parents who care about the quality of life of their children and the world they inhabit. I can think of no better guide than Dr. Michele Borba to teach parents exactly how to cultivate and nurture the missing ingredient in their children’s success and happiness: empathy.”
– Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., author of Freeing Your Child from Anxiety and Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking