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Empathy is an overrated skill when dispensing medical care – Karin Jongsma & Verena Klar | Aeon Ideas
 

Empathy is an overrated skill when dispensing medical care – Karin Jongsma & Verena Klar | Aeon Ideas

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Over the past few decades, empathy – the ability to take on the perspective, or ‘feel’ the emotions, of another person – has been touted as a key clinical skill, and a cornerstone of the doctor-patient relationship. Communication with and trust in...
 
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Precisely Kathleen Peralta. Physicians should be trained to critically reflect upon their empathy gaps rather than be told to fake it. Empathy is the capacity to step into other people's shoes, to understand their lives, and start to solve problems from their perspectives. Immersing yourself in another world not only opens you up to new creative possibilities, but it allows you to leave behind preconceived i...
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