Pity and compassion

Module Overview

Originated by: Dr Felicia Rivera Megret

Pity is a sympathetic sorrow evoked by the suffering of others and is used in a comparable sense to compassion, condolence or empathy. Through frequent misuse it a word often used to project feelings of superiority, condescension, or contempt. If used wisely, it is a feeling promoted by having sympathy and genuine empathy for another person’s situation.

This module looks at understanding pity and compassion and how this attitude can affect our lives and the lives of others.

We will explore

  • What is pity and compassion?
  • Recognising pity in comparison with superiority
  • Role play to show how pity and compassion can make a difference
  • Class discussion on a situation that evokes pity and compassion
  • Personal reflection on pity and compassion

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  • Lesson plan
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Observation of thoughts
  • Teacher assessment
  • Key vocabulary

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