Disagree Better: Empathy Gym

Subgroup Size



1 hour

External Cost


Lesson Plan


Activity adapted by Lindsey Macdonald, CILMAR graduate assistant, from the following:


Vendantam, S. (Host). (2019, July 29). You 2.0: The empathy gym [Audio podcast episode]. In Hidden brain. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/07/22/744195502/you-2-0-the-empathy-gym


Alda, A. (Host). (2019, December 17). Jamil Zaki on empathy and how to hack it [Audio podcast episode]. In Clear + vivid. Omny Studio. https://omny.fm/shows/clear-vivid-with-alan-alda/jamil-zaki-on-empathy-and-how-to-hack-it

As result of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the negative and positive aspects of empathy. 2. Develop empathy for those who are different from them.