MSNBC: Empathy Can Go a Long Way in the Office


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Summary of Article

With workplace engagement at an all-time low, having an empathetic workplace is now more important than ever. 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 a higher perspective rather than reacting from your ego, which is defensive and wants to lash out.

With empathy, you can have a deep respect for people and their needs as opposed to just going by the rules and not being sensitive to the needs of others. Some of us who are highly sensitive or empaths, (people who feel empathy even more intensely than others) may be prone to taking on the emotions of others directly into their own bodies. In this MSNBC article, I share how to set limits when it comes to helping those around you, without becoming overwhelmed or emotionally depleted.

Read the full article on MSNBC here.


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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