Chicago Sun Times: What My Mother Taught Me


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Summary of Article

In Chicago Sun Times article, I share an excerpt from Second Sight. This is my memoir about how, as a psychiatrist and a woman, I learned to embrace my intuition and empathic sensitivities.

My mother, who was also a physician, was a powerful role model for me. However, she often fought with her intuition. She wanted to fit in with her doctor colleagues and the medical world, and didn’t want to be considered “weird.” She didn’t feel they would understand intuition so she hid her intuitive abilities and did not encourage me to embrace mine.

As I wrote in Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, raising empathic children offers great gifts to all parents. Children can bring not only emotional bonding and a sense of family but also wonder, tenderness, and fun. Fathers and mothers who are empaths experience great joy and nurturing in their roles. The guidance they provide their sons and daughters is a sacred contribution to their children’s growth.

When empaths have self-care strategies, they become incredible parents because of their compassion, intuition, and ability to support their children’s own sensitivities.


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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