The Empathy Exams
by Leslie Jamison
How can one feel another person’s pain, when the idea of pain itself is so subjective that it can be assumed, distorted, or even performed? How can you, in your own life, simply feel more for someone or something? As Leslie Jamison lays out in her book, The Empathy Exams, feeling more is process of understanding yourself, your own emotions, and the emotions elicited by the suffering or joyousness or others. She provides the reader with key concepts that delve into the meaning of feeling and the reactions it produces within ourselves. In order to feel more and to be more empathetic towards one another, we must first understand the nature of emotion itself, as Jamison explains. She makes it easy to get in touch with the sensitive side of oneself. Within no time at all, you will feel like you have a better cognizance of the emotions that others are experiencing, and you will have learned the proper responses to the multitude of varying emotions.
"As a (pseudo) psychologist, it's my job to feel sympathy and to exhibit empathy when my patients tell me about the tragedies going on in their lives. And Leslie Jaimson's book, The Empathy Exams, helped me in innumerable ways to feel more connected to my patients and to better understand their issues and work through them."
-Dr. Phil McGraw, TV personality and psychologist