A high IQ is important in our society, but research shows that even more than that is emotional intelligence (EQ). Empathy is found to be the most important aspect of the EQ. Learning to live with joy and success is the aim of the Empathy Game. Players will learn to recognize how others are feeling and practice being empathetic while having lots of exciting discussions.
This game encourages players to interpret nonverbal signals as they learn about the various social topics. Cards are designed to provoke discussion, and time should be made during the game to help build players' understanding and compassion. This makes for a great group activity for use in the classroom or therapy center, and even at home!
To play, each player must have a blank paper, a pen or pencil, and a set of choice cards A-D. Then, the first player draws a card from the pile. If a Value or Question Card is chosen, the player must place a choice card facedown on the table, selecting A, B, C, or D as an answer to the question. If a Talking Without Words Card is selected, the player must also act out their answer nonverbally!
After the first player has placed their card, all the other players must attempt to answer the card, placing a choice card facedown on the table. However, rather than choosing the answer they themselves would pick, they must try to see things from the first player's point of view and guess which answer they selected. Each correct match is awarded a point! The first person to get 10 points total wins the game.
Of the 40 cards included are 13 emotion cards, 13 value cards, and 14 non-verbal cards. There are also 16 choice cards lettered A, B, C, and D. This game is created for ages 8 & up with 2-4 players per game.