A User's Guide To Compassionate Empathy
Sharing our deep feelings is the way out of the isolation of loneliness. It creates a doorway into the practice of what we call compassionat eempathy.
Compassionate empathy is the key to getting out of an irrelationship.
While empathy can be all-absorbing[consuming] and leave one totally empty and burned-out, to the point that one loses a sense of one’s own boundaries, compassionate empathy allows behaviors that allow profound feelings of connection to another person, without danger to one’s own emotional balance because the compassion applies to oneself and others.
Empathy alone, on the other hand, can become very lopsided when compulsive caregiving is involved. Compassionate empathy is built on the skill of sharing honestly with another person. It makes isolation difficult to maintain because it undermines self-obsession. Compassion is the antidote to compulsion.
Via Edwin Rutsch