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ERIC Number: ED371247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The Use of Transpersonal Empathy with Child Abuse Survivors.
Gilewski, Michael J.
Adult survivors of childhood abuse are some of the more difficult and challenging patients in psychotherapy. This paper applies a transpersonal model of empathy to therapeutic work with these individuals. The transpersonal model of empathy extends traditional humanistic models which strive towards "advanced accurate empathy" to the level at which, through intuition and personal spiritual growth, the therapist is able to create a profound unitary, healing bond with the patient. Basic and advanced levels of empathy may alleviate isolation and provide some emotional resolution for adult victims of abuse; the use of transpersonal empathy serves to undo in a present experience what the abuse served to accomplish--it helps the patient, who was disconnected as part of the abuse, re-connect to a deeper sense of self which is intimately connected with life outside itself. Several cases are presented to illustrate how the various levels of empathy interact with treatment of adult abuse victims. Two tables summarize the transpersonal model of empathy and the effects of transpersonal healing. (Author/RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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