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Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Defusing Our Most Dangerous Emotion by Leigh Devine, Joseph Shrand

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Chapter 6

Engage Empathy

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.

—Meryl Streep (1949–)

I am human: nothing human is alien to me.

—Terentius (c. 190–160 BC)

Charlie dreaded getting on the school bus. He waited at the end of his driveway, about to relinquish the safe haven of home. His mom watched from the kitchen window as she did every day, waving goodbye and giving him a thumbs-up of support. He waved back, trying to smile. The broken rumble of the bus preceded it around the corner before the big yellow carriage rolled into view.

The doors peeled open, and thirteen-year-old Charlie carefully climbed the three steps, greeted Mr. Jones the bus driver, and moved ...

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