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 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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