Scientific American: Keeping Discord off the Holiday Table


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Summary of Article

The holidays are a unique time of year when emotions flow and stressors are naturally higher. In addition to our own emotions, we also tend to see and interact more with family members. For empaths, this can be especially difficult as empaths are not only feeling their own emotions but are also absorbing the stresses and emotions of others directly into their own bodies. Today, holiday dinner conversations about politics and natural disasters are just as commonplace as talking about the weather. If people aren’t aware of being an empath, holiday interactions that others find tolerable could be causing highly sensitive people stress.

In this Scientific American article, I share advice on how simply taking a break from social media can help us maintain healthy relationships with family and friends throughout the holiday season.

Read the full article on Scientific America here.


Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her latest book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a TEDX talk. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive HealingExplore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule on

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