Yorba Linda Counseling, Irvine Psychologist, Anaheim Therapist in Yorba Linda, CA, California - Dr. Sherrie Campbell, Ph.D.
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The Beauty of Empathy

Empathy is being able to step into another person’s shoes and see how they feel. When we love ourselves and we have had life’s pain, this gives us the capacity for empathy. Sympathy is different than empathy. Sympathy is feeling bad for what someone is going through but we can’t really understand because we haven’t been through whatever it is they are going through ourselves. Empathy is what makes us good people. It is the quality that says to another “Lean on me, I am here to support you. You are not alone.” It is what makes us sensitive to others because we would never want someone else to hurt they way we have hurt. When we have empathy for someone we hurt when they hurt and this allows us to love and understand them more fully. Compassion is empathy in action. This is when we express our empathy to those who need us. We do whatever we can to support and assist them when they are down. If we do not love ourselves, we are not capable of either of these qualities that make us so beautifully human. If we do not love ourselves then we really cannot help others. In fact, if we do not love ourselves we often do much harm to others without much care, and we end up repelling others and being manipulative. We all need each other and we need to support people to love themselves so they can be there for others. Loving ourselves is where all other loving relationships are born from. This week let it be our goal to love ourselves, to have empathy for others and to put that into action through compassion. When we love ourselves we make the world a better place.

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Dr. Sherrie Campbell is a licensed counselor, psychologist, and marriage and family therapist in Yorba Linda, CA,
providing counseling and psychotherapy services to residents of Yorba Linda, Irvine, Anaheim, Fullerton and Brea, California.

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