In this short clip produced by the RSA, Brené Brown talks about the power of empathy as fuel for connection – versus sympathy which drives disconnection.
I love Brené’s story about the dark hole. She highlights that in the face of difficult situations, we often try to make things better by ‘silver lining’ them.
But… what makes things better is connection.
Psychosynthesis and neuropsychotherapist, Dr Trisha Stratford, shows in her PhD research that ‘two people can become physiologically aligned – parts of their nervous systems beating in harmony – despite having no physical contact with each another’ – this takes place when the client experiences empathy from the therapist.
It is this empathic connection which makes depth psychotherapy so effective.
This blog is part of my Therapy Rocks! series.
Sydney counsellor, soul-centred life-coach and psychotherapist Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. She has a private counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly and Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches.