>Today was one of the most heart tearing and yet intriguing moments in my school term so far. For our intro to counselling class, our exercise today was to demonstrate empathy through non-verbal communication. What was interesting about this case was that not only were we not allowed to look away from their faces, we were also expected to maintain eye contact and decipher their thoughts. We continually increased the amount of time spent “staring” (for lack of a better word) over a number of times. What was interesting wasn’t so much what I felt, but rather what one of my friends felt. This exercise elicited such emotion that she hit an emotional wave and her eyes were brimming with tears. I hope I’m not stepping out of bounds here(or sounding like an analytical robot with no emotion or compassion), but I found it absolutely fascinating that something as simple as looking in the eyes of peer would bring forth such a reaction. What I love about this program is that it encourages my curiosity to determine just how this would come to be. Except that tonight I must do a little reading on generalized anxiety disorder. I can’t wait to read up on this!