Exploring the Superpower of Empathy with Judith Orloff, M.D.

Are we born with empathy or is it a skill that can be taught? Dr. Orloff tells us that choosing empathy can transform some of our most difficult interactions. Also, studies have shown that an act of empathy can have a positive effect on our immune response. Orloff suggests that empathy is a bedrock of healing in difficult situations and needs to be a daily priority to become a habit, not just a fleeting desire. She also has cautions and advice for us, including can we have too much empathy and how to work with those who, on the empathy spectrum, have an empathy deficient disorder such as narcissists. Empathy will lead us in expressing our most authentic, fierce, and compassionate self and she says “we must have empathy for our survival personally, and our happiness, and our intimacy, and our connections to others, and also for the earth and the world. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Judith Orloff, M.D. is a member of the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Staff and specializes in treating empaths and sensitive people in her private practice. She offers Empathy Training Programs to businesses and organizations and teaches empathic tools to doctors, corporate teams, leaders, managers, customer service and trainers, as well as individuals. She’s been called the “godmother of the empath movement” and has written several books about intuition, life strategies for sensitive people, and empathy.

She’s the author of:

  • The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life (Harmony books 2014)
  • Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life (Harmony Books 2009)
  • Second Sight: An Intuitive Psychiatrist Tells Her Extraordinary Story and Shows You How To Tap Your Own Inner Wisdom (Warner Books 2010)
  • The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People (Sounds True 2017)
  • The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Your Sensitive Self, Your Relationships & the World (Sounds True 2024)

To learn more about the work of Judith Orloff go to: www.drjudithorloff.com

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