Monday, January 17, 2011

“Judith Jordan’s concept of self-empathy is pertinent here. She has written about how a person can develop empathy for her own experience--see it and understand it more fully and truthfully and compassionately. She can ‘feel with it’ for what it has been and what has brought it about rather than in the critical and self-disparaging ways that she may have learned to feel about it. This empathy for our experience or for our past evolves out of engagement with another person(s) who is empathic about our experience--initially, more empathic than we ourselves can be. The empathy of others can lead us to more empathic understanding of ourselves.”

excerpt from The Healing Connection by Jean Baker Miller and Irene Pierce Stiver

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