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The Radical Leap of True Empathy

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Empathic capacity is widely considered to be a primary ingredient of intimacy. In the couple case described here, the partners had revealed considerable competence in empathic attunement to one another when the issues were somewhat removed from their own deepest sensitivities. A critical incident had occurred a number of years prior to therapy that was processed by the couple in two sessions which are described in this article. These sessions reveal the complexities and significance of the empathic leap when one's own emotions are intensely involved. I asked the couple to read this article and to include their perceptions of the sessions described.

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