Author: Fred Bemak, Peter R. Breggin
Publisher: Springer Publishing Co., Inc.; 1 edition (Nov. 30 2001)
Empathy is rarely taught in graduate and professional schools. Perhaps it is assumed that aspiring therapists and human service providers will absorb empathy from modeling their professors and supervisors. Needless to say, this is too often not the case. Instead, empathy may be discouraged and even stifled during the educational and professional experience.
Empathy is often learned outside of formal training. It may be experienced with loving family members, significant mentors, teachers, spiritual leaders, and other role models in their lives. Sometimes the responses of patients and clients alert young professionals to their lack of empathy or to the value of the empathy that they do express. Based on our belief that empathy is essential to good professional practice, we have chosen to explore and present empathy from a variety of perspectives. We have brought together an interdisciplinary mix of the authors as professors, practitioners, center directors, and clinicians, some of whom are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields.
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