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 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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