Reflections: On Empathy – Carl Rogers

“When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified: Or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance . . . provides illumination and healing. In such situations, deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift, one can give to another.”

Carl Rogers

“The way of being with another person which is termed empathic means temporarily living in their life, moving abut in it delicately without making judgment; to be with another in this way means that for the time being you lay aside the views and values you hold for yourself in order to enter the other’s world without prejudice (…) a complex, demanding, strong yet subtle and gentle way of being.”

Carl Rogers

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