1959 Kohut


Heinz Kohut
1913-1981 (American)

Clinical psychologist - Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis 
Main person to Introduce empathy in psychoanalysis. He considered empathy as a form of internal scientific inquiry.

  • the ability to respond to another’s experience helps us to more effectively and meaningfully interact in social situations
Kohut, H. (1959). Introspection, empathy and psychoanalysis. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 7, 459–483.




Empathy: Abstract & Operational
Video: Heinz Kohut - Reflections on Empathy
Another reason to go back to empathy
I have a responsibility about the abuse of this concept.
Other's claim that empathy cures, I don't believe that at all.

Introspection and empathy as an informer of appropriate action.
Empathy can be used for kindness or hostility.
Absences of the mother, leads to emptiness, Analysis cures and empathy plays a role.

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