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The Power of Empathy: A Practical Guide to Creating Intimacy, Self-Understanding,and Lasting Love

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Empathy, an innate human capacity that gives us the ability to understand the unique experiences of another person, is the most overlooked component of relationships. By allowing us to connect with one another on a meaningful and fulfilling level, it "can help and heal us all. This excellent book shows you how" (Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Connect). Using a practical ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Plume (first published April 1st 2000)
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Marika Alexander
I enjoyed reading this book and think it's a good overview on what empathy is, and how it is the best bridge between people to strengthen relationships and create lasting intimacy. As I finished it, however, I realized that I had been hoping for more practical instructions on how to start practicing empathic responses. I feel like I understand a lot more than I did before I read this book, but I need more information on how to apply these ideas into my daily interactions with other people.
May 06, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
There's a lot of wisdom in this book. I read it in a rather fragmented manner, during a period of time when I was having lots of medical appointments, and it helped keep my attention on things other than myself and how I was feeling. Unfortunately you can't "get" empathy from just reading a book, but this has lots of good information, inspiration, and suggestions on how to do the hard work. I liked this book so much that I'll return this copy to the friend who lent it to me and buy a copy for my ...more
Jun 29, 2009 Shane rated it liked it

Very good and comprehensive overview of empathy in all aspects of our lives. There were some parts that confused me a bit (how everyone had failed saving the brother from suicide, yet the author goes on and on about how empathic their dad is - but doesn't explain the contradiction there; also a few short examples were thrown in here and there without seeming to be relevant to the point being made). It also seemed as though empathy was used to cover/substitute for every other emotion out there (l
Jan 24, 2011 Tesha rated it it was ok
so far i am really having trouble getting into the book it is good its just not keeping my attition like i hoped it would.... I made it to the second paet of the book and it is somewhat better it shows you more on how to put more Empathy in you life. I think the reason I'm not as into it as I thought I would be is because I did't know when I first picked it up I would be reading more about him and his clients and family then how to try and put Empathy in everyday works but then again from readin ...more
Robert Hudder
Oct 23, 2013 Robert Hudder rated it it was ok
Was looking for something to help me with figuring out when to be empathetic and when not to. Hey, I have attachment issues and part of my issue is knowing when is it okay to share and when is it okay to ask, etc.

So, this did posit a framework and a rationale. The question is whether that is enough to give me more than just pause for thought. I think that this coupled with a bunch of other stuff I am doing may help. Once again, it is just another tool to have in the tool box.
Legacy Dad
Jan 28, 2008 Legacy Dad rated it really liked it
This book is great for anyone looking to have deeper relationships. From married couple to leaders. A great book on setting your personal interests aside and focusing on the feelings and needs of others.
Oct 05, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
As someone who is not naturally inclined to empathy, this book helped to expand my mind to those around me and offered practical daily tips for increasing my connection to those around me.
Faizal Mohamad
Nov 20, 2007 Faizal Mohamad rated it really liked it
It's important to understand people better and not making snap judgement.
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Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 30 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Currently in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, lecturer for the American Cancer Society, Chief Psy ...more
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