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CEA Forum, v36 n1 Win-Spr 2007

The understanding that choice of words in an individual's language construction is a reflection of her or his perspective is not new. This article examines the mindful and intimate link between language and empathetic perspective--the language that the author, as an individual, employ's in her daily life to what she, as an individual, constructs ultimately to be shared as collective reality through the associated alliance of her thinking and perception to her habit and choice of words. Individual thought patterns intricately lace the fabric of shared public reasoning, resonating and weaving throughout the social community a diverse public perspective that remains either largely tangential, or one which intentionally and purposefully binds and sustains relational living. Empathic perspective is developed and cultivated through language construction. In this article, the author will examine the intimate linkage between what one thinks, how one speaks, and empathy.

Descriptors: Empathy, Language Acquisition, Thinking Skills, Relationship, Perception, Social Cognition, Social Problems, Speech Acts

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Autor: Flynn, Kathryn A.


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