VIDEO: Is Empathy Sin? | Dr. Steve Johnson & Dr. Seth Scott Sep 12, 2021 20min
Moderated by David Croteau - Columbia International University
Dr. Steve Johnson Professor of Counseling - President at Albert Ellis Institute
Dr. Seth Scott Professor of Counseling Elder at Radius Church
A dialogue about the concept of empathy is sin.
Steve Johnson starts off
we have so much scientific research and meta studies that shows the value of empathy in making change
agree, there is so much is the counseling literature that shows empathy is effective.
being with the client, showing you understand their perspective, you see them
seems that a lot of what is going on is the definitions. What are some definitional terms?
broader perspective - there's a category of attitudes with emotions from, pity to sympathy, empathy all the way up to compassion
these are umbrella terms and abstracts, what are the components
pity - experiencing distress because the other is experiencing distress'
sympathy - a bit more emotional distance in that process not the full kind of sharing in the perspective or not sharing in the the emotional response
with empathy you can't totally feel what the person is feeling... it's not going to happen. it is the attempt to try to get close to grasp that.
it's called enmeshment or fusion, where we lose our identity. we would say it is not healthy to lose yourself. or codependence.
without empathy come across as hardened, detached.
a councilors were are called to walk with someone. and bringing a aspect of god perspective.
Jesus has empathy
is sympathy more object that empathy. absolutely not
with empathy it allows an objective response.
the mirror neurons light up.
with psychopaths', their mirror neurons don't light up
empathy joins in with the person. to have a relationship. gives a deeper insight and connection.
the empathy is sin people, they are pointing out a danger. . how would you word that.?
is it a legitimate danger?
they are concerned that in the culture we affirm everything some is experiencing and that we can not interject a perspective.
existential humanism - affirms everything someone says.
with empathy you have rational detachment and perspective as well.