The phases and focus of empathy.

  title={The phases and focus of empathy.},
  author={G T Barrett-Lennard},
  journal={The British journal of medical psychology},
  volume={66 ( Pt 1)},
Interpersonal empathy is a subtle and multisided phenomenon which can, nevertheless, lend itself to systematic portrayal and investigation. This paper further refines the author's account of empathy as involving a sequence of distinct steps or phases. Freshly introduced here is the idea of empathic response not only to self-experience but also towards relationships conceived as emergent living wholes with their own felt presence and individuality. Given described preconditions for empathy… CONTINUE READING