Surveys show that most people think that empathy is compassion. The world certainly needs more compassion, but it is not synonymous with empathy. Empathy tells you what the other person is experiencing as a vicarious experience, and not an identification; compassion (and ethics) tells you what to do about it. Empathy is oxygen for the soul. If one is feeling short of breath at the end of the school year or business cycle, it is possible that they are in need of expanded empathy.
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Review – Empathy in the Context of Philosophy by Lou Agosta Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 Review by Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray Jan 31st 2012 (Volume 16, Issue 5) With Empathy in the Context of Philosophy, Lou Agosta seeks to make a philosophical contribution to… Read More ›
Live from Division 32 (the Humanistic Psychology Conference, Chicago)! Empathy and Existential Psychotherapy
And here is the presentation delivered Sunday April 17, 2011: CHPCases20110306 Empathy is fundamental to an account of the dynamics of emotions in that empathy is responsible for a person’s emotional equilibrium, homeostasis, balance. Speaking in the first person, without… Read More ›
In this blog post (and the related article (draft)), the argument is that empathy is the matrix out of which the self emerges. In this conversation, empathy is positioned as an on-going process of distinguishing, sustaining, and strengthening the structure… Read More ›