Why Empathy?







The National Commission for Children Protection stated that Indonesia is in an alarming state where child abuse cases are on the rise. Recent tragedy of Renggo Khadafi (10), who died after his friend beat him in a classroom, is an excess of how children often use violence to express anger. Feeling angry is normal, however, many do not know how to cope with these feelings. 

In the past two years the National Police Head claimed that the police special force has handled 396 terrorist act cases in 2018 and 275 in 2019, not to mention over 1,000 Indonesian in refugee camps in Syria awaiting to be repatriated. Intolerance cases continue to rise with violations of religious freedom marked the highest. A report by the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace stated that there were 109 cases involving discrimination, intolerance, violence and hate speech in 20 provinces, up from 80 cases in the first half of 2017. 

Jakarta province had the most cases with 23, followed by West Java and East Java with 19 and 15 cases respectively. These are small indications of cases that people have inclined to using violence over other undisruptive options.
Gaining intellectual ability is not enough. To be productive, happy and successful in life, people need to develop their emotional competencies and enhance their empathy skills. With such competence in hand people have lower propensities towards violence and reduce the willingness to engage in or support violent acts against the others.
EMPATIKU is working to innovate the learning process and transform institutional system to nurture people’s emotional competence and instill empathy. Through fun and creativity for more engaged learning, participants gain their empathy and positive emotional coping skills.

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The National Commission for Children Protection stated that Indonesia is in an alarming state where child abuse cases are on the rise. Recent tragedy of Renggo Khadafi (10), who died after his friend beat him in a classroom, is an excess of how children often use violence to express anger. Feeling angry is normal, however, many do not know how to cope with these feelings. 

In the past two years the National Police Head claimed that the police special force has handled 396 terrorist act cases in 2018 and 275 in 2019, not to mention over 1,000 Indonesian in refugee camps in Syria awaiting to be repatriated. Intolerance cases continue to rise with violations of religious freedom marked the highest. A report by the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace stated that there were 109 cases involving discrimination, intolerance, violence and hate speech in 20 provinces, up from 80 cases in the first half of 2017. Jakarta province had the most cases with 23, followed by West Java and East Java with 19 and 15 cases respectively. These are small indications of cases that people have  incli-

What is Emotional Intelligence? What is Empathy?

Emotional intelligence can be defined as the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions, to differentiate between different emotions and label them appropriately and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.

Emotional self-awareness

The ability to know one's emotions, strengths, weaknesses, drives, values and goals and recognize their impact on others while using gut feelings to guide decisions. For example, a child being able to not only identify feeling "bad" but angry, hurt, jealous, upset, sad, or scared in various life situations.

Emotional self-regulation or handling emotions appropriately

Involves controlling or redirecting one's disruptive emotions and impulses and adapting to changing circumstances, demonstrating productive options for managing stress and upsetting feelings rather than "acting-out" negatively such as using words rather than fists to express anger.

Self-motivation

Being driven to achieve for the sake of achievement, thinking, planning, and solving problems by using impulse control, frustration tolerance, and delayed gratification to reach a specific goal (e.g.: no TV until homework is completed); and maintaining hope and optimism, trying again despite setbacks (e.g.: a poor grade on a test leads to studying more, not less).

Empathy

Recognizing and understanding emotions in others and considering other people's feelings especially when making decisions. If one child is able to care about how another is feeling, teasing or picking fights with unsuspecting victims can be drastically reduced.

Social skill

Handling emotions in relationships and interacting harmoniously with others, including being sensitive to others needs and wants, being able to listen to and soothe others feelings, and developing what is considered good "people skills".