Ordinary Empathy- Is It Truly Ordinary?

“A person’s behavior goes right, if it doesn’t go wrong in one of the ways it can go wrong.” Peter Ossorio, Place, 1998.

Behavior going right requires no explanation. Successful behavior is ordinary. Empathy is ordinary in the same way.

Empathy is a fundamental feature of emotional competence. ……

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On Getting Unstuck: Empathy and Improvisation in Psychotherapy

Therapy can feel stuck, stymied and aimless, but fits and starts may be a necessary aspect of transformative therapeutic processes. Of course, this is because problems outside of therapy show up in the consulting room.

Therapy feels stuck when the domains of choice are too restricted or rigid, when ……

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Empathy and the Problem of Definition

In the behavioral sciences it is often very difficult to know if we are on the same page. This confusion plagues many of our discussions. How do we define our terms? How do we manage useful disagreement? Are we even talking about the same thing? These issues surfaced immediately at The Helix Center’s roundtable on empathy and altruism. We have varied and different commitments when we use these concepts.

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Introduce me to my Man & Get $10,000

Recently, I came across a post on MSN titled “Woman offers $10,000 bounty to whoever finds her future husband” describing how an anonymous supervisor at a San Francisco based advertising agency emailed friends with an interesting proposal. The proposal is a $10,000 bounty to whoever introduces her to her future husband. She agrees to give the person who introduces her to her potential husband $10,000 on their wedding day. The anonymous woman credits her behavior to be inspired by a feminist handbook called “Lean In.” …

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Empathy, Improvisation and the Growth of the Therapist

Therapists, more often than they might wish, find themselves trying to be empathetic with people they would not otherwise spend time with. This often means being open to the thoughts and experiences of very difficult people who may have been terribly damaged. This necessary attempt at an empathic engagement often evokes the therapist’s own vulnerability…Full Story @ http://read.socialjusticesolutions.org/2a

Empathy and Improvisation in Psychotherapy

Therapy can feel stuck, stymied and aimless, but fits and starts may be a necessary aspect of transformative therapeutic processes. Of course, this is because problems outside of therapy show up in the consulting room. Therapy feels stuck when the domains of choice are too restricted or rigid,…

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A Message of Wisdom

Can any of us truly define happiness and contentment? Is it easier to discuss potential and wishes? What about joy, delight or accomplishment?
As professionals and as humans, it is important to identify our deepest wishes and desires and to work from a place of compassion with our clients and…

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