Do Therapists Live Vicariously Through Their Clients?

Via Scoop.itHealthcare Continuing Education

Essentially, empathy, compassion, and understanding are learned behaviors. Sure, we may be pre-programmed to respond to others with concern–its propensity residing deep in our genes. But what serves to activate such solicitude, mature it, even “complexify” it, is our environment. And the profession of psychotherapy is optimally suited to help therapists develop levels of fellow-feeling considerably higher than what might be the norm.