Anchor Magazine: Why Empathy is the Medicine the World Needs


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Summary of Article

In my psychotherapy practice, more and more patients are coming to me exhausted, angry, depressed, and overwhelmed by what’s happening in this country and in the world. Having empathy means putting yourself in someone else’s shoes – even if you don’t agree with them. It is easy to become triggered by the people and situations around us, but having empathy means approaching situations from your highest self rather than reacting from your lower self, which is defensive and wants to lash out.

Empathy is the sacred medicine the world needs and empaths (highly sensitive people who can actually feel other person’s emotions in their own body) are naturally able to provide it. In this interview with Anchor Magazine, I share an excerpt from The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People and discuss how empaths can change the world once they get the tools to support themselves.


Judith Orloff, MD is a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her 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, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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