A Health Affairs post points to a study that higher levels of physician empathy predicted better outcomes for diabetes patients. A 2012 study from Italy analyzed the health outcomes of more than 20,000 patients with diabetes, who were assigned to three different groups of physicians (pre-evaluated for their levels of empathy). The physicians who demonstrated … Continue reading Empathy: The First Step To Improving Health Outcomes
Miller and Moyers make the case that low therapist empathy is toxic with a review of some research on the topic. In one study, a single in-session therapist behavior predicted 42% of the variance in clients’ 12-month drinking outcomes: the more the therapist confronted, the more the client drank (Miller, Benefield, & Tonigan, … Continue reading Is low therapist empathy toxic?
Does this speak to the power of one addict talking with another? If we're going to find our way back to each other, we have to understand and know empathy, because empathy's the antidote to shame. If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment. … Continue reading Sentences to ponder