The Genius of Empathy
Practical Skills to Heal Your Sensitive Self, Your Relationships, and the World
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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.”
“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