The Genius of Empathy Description


The Genius of Empathy

Practical Skills to Heal Your Sensitive Self, Your Relationships, and the World

Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Dr Orloff is a winner of the 2024 Most Inspiring Author Award at San Diego Writers Festival

The Genius of Empathy is named “a top soulful book for leaders” by CEOWorld and as “a top new leadership book” by LeadershipNow

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Book Description

Ignite empathy as a superpower for transformative personal healing, deeper relationships, and more potent work in the world.

Empathy is so much more than feeling deeply–it holds transformative power to heal ourselves, strengthen our relationships, and amplify our purpose. Dr. Judith Orloff, known for landmark works like The Empath’s Survival Guide, introduces empathy as a daily healing practice and form of emotional intelligence. It is not only for highly sensitive people but for all deep feelers and those who want to develop empathy as a new skill.

Drawing on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and energy medicine, Dr. Orloff shows us how to access our sensitivities, soothe our nervous system, and stop absorbing the emotions of others. She begins with the magic of empathy to find greater self-love and healing–including from trauma. Subsequent chapters apply empathy to our relationships, communities, and the world. Exploring each chapter’s practices, you’ll learn the art of empathic listening, how to stop overthinking, and the importance of setting healthy boundaries and loving detachment to prevent overwhelm, burnout, and more.

Through inspiring real-life stories and relatable examples, the book illustrates the life-changing potential of empathy, showing readers how it can create a positive ripple effect in their lives and communities.

This practical, action-driven guide helps us connect our minds and hearts to embody our most authentic, fierce, and compassionate selves. “Cultivating empathy is a kind of peaceful warrior training,” says Dr. Orloff. “You will learn to be both strong and loving, neither a pushover nor rigid. Wherever you are in your life, this book can meet you there and lift you higher.”

Praise for “The Genius of Empathy”

In “The Genius of Empathy,” Judith Orloff offers practical advice on how to cultivate and enhance empathy. which I believe readers will find of great value.”
    —His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from the foreword to The Genius of Empathy

“The book is a warm hug for the soul!”
    ——Goodreads review

“Healthy empathy is not about giving endless love to everyone you meet,” Orloff notes. It involves discernment, checking in with your intuition and energy level and self-protection.” “Empathy is the best of what it means to be human” Orloff writes.”
    —Spirituality and Health Magazine review

“The Genius of Empathy” by psychiatrist Judith Orloff is needed now more than ever–our world’s empathy deficit has robbed so many people of their health and happiness. This book is an uplifting guide to help heal our minds, soothe our nervous systems, and reconnect us to each other. I highly recommend it.”
    —Daniel G. Amen, MD, New York Times best-selling author of “Change Your Brain Every Day”

“Dr. Judith Orloff has given us a brilliant book which explores the genius and power of empathy. Only Judith could describe the grace of empathy with such exquisite psychological precision. A stunning contribution to our collective healing.”
    —Caroline Myss, New York Times best-selling author of “Anatomy of the Spirit”

“The Genius of Empathy” is a profound healing approach that takes you on an insightful journey to discover ways to show empathy to yourself and others. Utilizing Dr. Orloff’s exercises, you’ll learn to navigate both adversity and happiness with compassion. You’ll strengthen all your relationships and your connection to the world around you. A must read for empaths and sensitive souls among us.”
    —Anita Moorjani, New York Times best-selling author of “Sensitive is the New Strong”

“The Genius of Empathy” will immediately improve your life by helping you to be kinder to yourself and stop overthinking or taking on other’s stress. This book will also enhance your communication skills, especially with difficult personalities. So many people are craving the kind of healing that Dr. Orloff’s caring book offers. Strongly recommended.”
    —Iyanla Vanzant, New York Times best-selling author of “One Day My Soul Just Opened Up”

Sharing years of personal insight and wisdom, Dr. Orloff provides her readers with practical advice on how to cultivate a deeper and more sustainable sense of empathy in their lives.”
    —Sharon Salzberg, author of “Lovingkindness” and “Real Life”

“The Genius of Empathy” is a powerful and relatable book to help you unlock your true empathic potential. Dr. Orloff brings her invaluable years of medical training and clinical expertise to this hugely important topic. She guides you step by step along the journey to awaken the genius of your empathy.”
    —Alex Howard, author of “It’s not Your Fault” and host of The Trauma Superconference

Dr. Orloff presents a potent guide not only for highly sensitive people but for anyone with the desire to develop the gifts of empathy that we all possess.”
    —Aspire Magazine

In “The Genius of Empathy” with foreword by the Dalai Lama, Dr. Judith Orloff applies her expertise as a mental health clinician and a professor of psychiatry to draw on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and energy medicine as she introduces ways to develop empathy as a new and compelling leadership skill.”
    —CEO World

Judith Orloff, M.D. is one of those people you instantly feel you’re in good hands with. She brings a distinctive bedside manner to her writing, putting the reader at ease both because of her ability to make things clear and concise, and because of her clearly credentialed, reasoned, logical perspective…Dr. Orloff herself describes the titular concept of Empathy as a critical, healing change agent she has observed help numerous patients. It’s something that she doesn’t swear by just as a practitioner in medicine, but from an unapologetically personally informed view to boot.”
    —Colin Jorden, Medium


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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