- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Dutton; 1 edition (March 17 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525945113
- ISBN-13: 978-0525945116
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #756,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Power Of Empathy Hardcover – Apr 6 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
In an engaging work that is part guidebook and part heartfelt meditation, Ciaramicoli, a practicing psychologist who rejects the pervasive medical practice of labeling and medicating human anguish, contends that it is empathy--not fear, not sympathy, not drugs--that holds the key to mental health. Arguing that the "capacity to understand and respond to the unique experiences of another" is not only ubiquitous in relationships but is actually "an innate force, part of our biological inheritance" that is necessary for survival, he ponders empathy's many faces (including its "dark side") in the first half of the book. In the second half, he describes, and coaches readers on practicing the eight expressions of empathy: honesty, humility, acceptance, tolerance, gratitude, faith, hope and forgiveness. Inspired, in part, by his brother's suicide 26 years ago (which he believes was caused partly by a failure of empathy), Ciaramicoli vigorously examines empathy's place in an astonishing array of everyday situations--in sexual intimacy and friendly banter, in the natural world and the arena of sales and advertising--as a force of evil and a force of good. In the end, Ciaramicoli's meticulous exploration of the "invisible connections" of true empathy illuminates how the reader can use this long-misunderstood social skill to live a more safe and fulfilled life. Agent, Jane Dystel. 10-city author tour. (Apr.)
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"The Power of Empathy can help you understand the nature of human behavior and assist you in developing a second nature if you desire to." -- Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles and Prescriptions for Loving
"The Power of Empathy explores the remarkable power of one human being to know and help another human being simply through understanding. One of the most useful, yet misunderstood faculties, empathy can help and heal us all. This excellent book shows you how." -- Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Connect and Driven to Distraction
"The Power of Empathy is a clear, fluent, and helpful guide to some of the most confounding questions of life. Building from both personal experience and professional expertise, the authors offer us a promising path through the thickets of relationships, and the mysteries of our own souls." -- Rabbi David Wolpe, Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and author of Making Loss Matter
"The Power of Empathy truly makes me see that empathy is one of the blessings of being human. The theme is threaded beautifully throughout, like shot silk. A flawless blend of the intuitive and the scientific, of paradise lost and rediscovered right here in the middle of our muddled world." -- Perle Besserman, author of Owning It: Zen and the Art of Facing Life
"This is a terrific book. Empathy is an underrated factor in our lives, and Dr. Ciaramicoli reveals its power and complexity with penetrating insight. The Power of Empathy is lucid, wise, and compassionate. Highly recommended!" -- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words
"This is a wonderful book. Once I began reading it I couldn't put it down until I finished. Dr. Ciaramicoli is a very wise man who comes across as a real human being. I can't imagine a simpler, more beautiful, or more powerful guide to relationships and to navigating the complex world of human interaction. Every reader should find this book deeply meaningful." -- Mira Kirshenbaum, author of The Gift of a Year and Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay
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by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Katherine Ketcham
This particular book does given my lots of understandings of it while i am using the simply powerful of the Empathy that we are facing or using while in this world that is full of things that happenning towards our life..!!
As this book can let me know what is an Introductions of it while carefully explaining waht is Empathy ? and What is the Bright or dark side of it? While also let us know what is happenning towards of society of life in this world by giving us some life sample within this book by making us to be more convinced that what is the Power of Empahty.
From the first few chapters i still do remember that Childrens do also know how to used the Power of Empathy to please the parents especially a daddy while after his working day...by trying the power of empathy to make the daddy to bring her out of the house..!! goodness, this is a real factual one that i had used once when i was a kid.
Well, this book is well written and as a layman people we shall be easily understand caused we are actually know what is the real feelings of the Empathy...while i do strongly believed that all of us here does have the abilities of Giving or recieving Love here...while we are reading this book...searching what is the Power of Empathy....!!
Before i got this book i have not feel the real power or real understanding of being Empathy. As after sucessufully reading the whole book while during the last few chapters they do teach use how to be..step by step teaching us how to overcomes those setbacks...teaching us how to determine a person behaviours, how to know he is making used of us by using the power of Empathy that shall be given them a lots of advantages.
While I do also learn what is the real power of it while you must read it with a learning mode.....while try to understand what is the book teaching here....read it with a slow motions..while this book i will surely will be using as a reference book for a methodologhyy to teach myself to be fully understand what is the real power of Being empathy so it will effects the real life of me especially i am a not a fully awared of it of being empathy ....to forgive people..understand people feelings...to see what people thinking...and so on...!!
I will not say to much here...the rest is up to you to read on...while i am just wamt to add on before i will stop here....!! This book is a good book for layman as me, i can easily understand what is all about being Empathy, the plus and negative side....while also the true stories to convinced you to believed it while this world is full of factual one...and off-course those stories does gave me a real teaching for me..while i do understand what is the real effect of being one of the good societies that practised the power of the Empathy at the good side...!!
So I do also would like to introduced to all of those people whom does not fully why he or she can't easily forgive or understands people feelings...!! A marvelloues book that shall be keep for the next generations...!!
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