Impact of Empathy on Clients (04:56)
Evidence shows positive correlation between therapist empathy, patient self-exploration, and independent patient change criteria. Carl Rogers says empathic listening dissolves alienation, shows that someone values the patient, and can reduce schizophrenic pathology.
Empathic Listening Example (02:22)
A therapist supports a client as he tries to envision caring for himself as he would a child.
Freedom from Judgment (01:28)
Rogers says the highest expression of empathy is refraining from imposing values on a client. This helps patients increase their self-acceptance.
Confirmation of Existence (02:59)
Rogers explores how therapist empathy can help patients discover their identity. When the individual feels understood, they can learn new truths about themselves and relationships to others. This leads to behavioral changes.
Empathy in an Educational Setting (02:02)
When teachers demonstrate understanding of classroom experiences for students, learning improves. Rogers links this to patients learning with empathic counselors.
Visceral Experience Flow (05:44)
Perceptive understanding helps individuals connect to a wider range of experiencing, self-understanding, and behavioral change. Rogers quotes a therapy session excerpt in which a woman explores feelings around suppressing her pain.
Therapeutic Empathy Conclusion (02:24)
When a person finds themselves sensitively and accurately understood, they develop growth-promoting attitudes toward themselves. They become more acceptant, empathic, and congruent towards themselves—effectively transforming into their own "therapists.”
Attitudinal Elements for Personal Growth (02:33)
Rogers discusses the importance of congruence in life relationships and interactions, including being honest about emotions and feelings. Caring fosters creativity. Empathy is appropriate when people are hurt, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, doubting their self-worth, or uncertain about their identity.
Credits: Carl Rogers on Empathy: Part 2 (00:40)
Credits: Carl Rogers on Empathy: Part 2
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