The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Your Sensitive Self, Your Relationships, and the World (Hardcover)

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The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Your Sensitive Self, Your Relationships, and the World (Hardcover)

By Judith Orloff, Dalai Lama (Foreword by)


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

Empathy is no weakness―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, shares an essential new resource for cultivating empathy as a daily healing practice and a form of emotional intelligence. With The Genius of Empathy, 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.

Drawing on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and energy medicine, Dr. Orloff teaches powerful lessons, including:

• Your empathic style—tools for discovering and nurturing your unique sensitivities
• Self-care for empaths—practices to soothe your nervous system to prevent empathy overwhelm
• Setting healthy boundaries to regulate how you process the emotions of others
• How to apply empathy to ourselves to find greater self-love and healing, including from trauma
• Recognizing and protecting yourself from empathy-deficient persons such as narcissists, sociopaths, and bullies
• Using empathic listening and leadership in any situation—at work, in your relationships, and in service to the world

Each chapter is filled with Dr. Orloff’s most valuable insights and tools for living with greater connection, safety, and empowerment as your empathic abilities blossom.

The Genius of Empathy offers practical, action-driven guidance for connecting 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.”

Judith Orloff, MD, is a leading voice in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, empathy, and intuitive development. A member of the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Staff, her bestselling books include The Empath’s Survival Guide, Thriving as an Empath, Emotional Freedom, Positive Energy, Dr. Judith Orloff’s Guide to Intuitive Healing, and Second Sight. She specializes in treating empaths and sensitive people in her private practice. Find more inspiration at Dr. Orloff’s website,

Tenzin Gyatso, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle to liberate Tibet while advocating peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect. He is the author of dozens of books, including The Art of Happiness and The Universe in a Single Atom
Product Details ISBN: 9781683649717
ISBN-10: 1683649710
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: April 9th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English

“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 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. Highly recommended.” —Daniel G. Amen, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Change Your Brain Every Day

“Dr. Judith Orloff has given us a brilliant book exploring the genius and power of empathy. Only Dr. Orloff could describe the grace of empathy with such exquisite psychological precision. A stunning contribution to our collective healing.” —Caroline Myss, New York Times bestselling 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. Judith 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 bestselling author of Sensitive Is the New Strong

“This 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 Super Conference

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 bestselling author of One Day My Soul Just Opened Up

“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

“…here [Orloff] offers a beautiful prayer for the world, remarking that ‘connection is what fuels life, and empathy lets you find peace.'” The Paradigm Explorer

"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."CEOWorld Magazine

"'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

"Dr. 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." Medium

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