In “The Genius of Empathy,” Dr. Judith Orloff offers practical advice on how to cultivate and enhance empathy. which I believe readers will find of great value.”

—His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from the foreword to The Genius of Empathy.

The Transformative Power of Empathy: How to use empathy in supporting self-healing, the healing of relationships, and healing the world.

In our stressful world, many feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Now more than ever, the transformative practice of empathy offers a healing balm.

Empathy is a form of emotional intelligence that enables us to offer care and compassion with intention.

In Dr. Judith Orloff’s new book, Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Your Sensitive Self, Your Relationships, and the World (SoundsTrue, April 9. 2024), the bestselling author shares the magic of empathy to find greater self-love and to embody our most compassionate selves in our relationships with others and with our world.

Drawing on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and energy medicine, Dr. Orloff introduces empathy as a daily healing practice. Readers learn how to access their sensitivities, soothe their nervous system, and stop absorbing the emotions of others — a skill set that will make navigating the world feel safer. Each chapter contains real-life stories and offers actionable exercises to practice expressing empathy, especially with relationships that are difficult or draining.

In workplace settings, The Genius of Empathy provides a roadmap for how to use empathy to improve communication with coworkers who may be hard to get along with, and to model grounded ways to support kindness and innovation among teams.

Dr. Orloff includes a self-assessment test for readers to evaluate their current level of self-empathy, to learn their own “empathy style,” and to find out how their style affects their relationships.

Key Messages: Providing insights for those who want to develop empathy as a new skill, Dr. Orloff addresses:

• How to treat ourselves with more kindness and stop beating ourselves up for perceived shortcomings

• How to practice empathy with family, friends, and coworkers — even if you don’t like them

• How to set healthy boundaries and loving detachment to prevent overwhelm or burnout

• How to be an empathic caregiver while managing your own needs

• How to recognize and protect yourself from people with Empathy Deficient Disorder

• How to use empathy to change the rules of power games

Judith Orloff, MD is a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at
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