4. The Blessing and the Curse of Empathy (1989)

  1. Brian Thorne

Published Online: 27 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118329214.ch4

Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment: Bridging Faith and Person-Centred Therapy

Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment: Bridging Faith and Person-Centred Therapy

How to Cite

Thorne, B. (2012) The Blessing and the Curse of Empathy (1989), in Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment: Bridging Faith and Person-Centred Therapy, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118329214.ch4

Author Information

  1. The Norwich Centre for Personal, Professional and Spiritual Development, USA

  1. From On Becoming a Psychotherapist, 1989, edited by W. Dryden and L. Spurling, Tavistock/Routledge, London with permission. Chapter 1 in the original publication.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 19 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119950820

Online ISBN: 9781118329214

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Keywords:

  • the blessing and the curse of empathy (1989);
  • Jung's The Undiscovered Self, and wonder of the human psyche;
  • critical stance, adapted to everything, integrating training into life;
  • Jung's writings, referred to in struggles of feelings of despair;
  • people, as mostly not expecting to be understood, the empathic unexpressed;
  • internalising God's love and forgiveness, in Christian parlance;
  • Carl Jung, and acknowledging the spiritual dimension in the human;
  • therapeutic relationship, of living in as integrated a way as possible

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why Did I Become a Psychotherapist?

  • How Did I Become a Psychotherapist?

  • When Did I Become a Psychotherapist?

  • What Sustains Me as a Psychotherapist?

  • Implications for Other Therapists

  • References