Is the clinical importance of empathy overrated?

Is the clinical importance of empathy overrated?

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Many good things have been ascribed to the possession of empathy – that intangible trait so often defined as the capacity to feel, and thus understand, the emotions of others. It has even been likened to an art, but is it really a key clinical skill?
23 Jan 2017 - General
I think some degree of empathy must be present since we are treating human beings and not merely objects. To remove empathy from the clinical equation would be to dehumanize the patient as well as yourself. However, there should be some limits of course, as in the mentioned cases of surgery where too much empathy can be debilitating. A health care professional should start with empathy as the motivating factor then proceed with emotional willpower to do what is necessary to treat the patient, ev...
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