Joseph Burgo & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Therapy

Joseph Burgo has practiced psychotherapy for more than 30 years, holding licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist.


The empathic person is a bit like a sponge, absorbing a part of the other person’s emotional experience and feeling it inside.


The opposite would be indifference and self-absorption because they make it impossible to absorb the feelings of another person. I suppose the metaphor would be narcissus and his reflection in the mirror.