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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2001
The Power of Empathy is a marvelous and comforting book about a topic that many people experience on a day-to-day basis, yet unaware that they are doing so. In others, empathy is an aspect of human nature that actually needs to be developed, whether from scratch or through enhancement. Whichever category you belong to, Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli's book will help bring you to a point of understanding the concept of empathy, which, in turn will help you help yourself and others. I found myself constantly nodding my head as I read, reacting to stories and explanations in the book of things that I seemingly experienced in my own life in one way or another. It is fascinating to see how empathy is an ongoing part of our lives, yet most of us remain non-cognizant to it, however satisfied that a result was achieved. But it is important to comprehend the means for reaching our goals of understanding, feeling, and sympathizing. The Power of Empathy is the benchmark tool for guiding one in accomplishing this. Dr. Ciaramicoli's personal love, understanding, and empathy are poured out in these pages, as he sensitively yet passionately supplies the readers with the wisdom and knowledge needed for developing love, understanding, and empathy for ourselves and others.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2000
I have been looking for a relationship book that is easy to read with unique insights that can easily be put into practice. This book is it! Far above any other relationship book on the market. I couldn't put it down once I started reading. Dr. Ciaramicoli has a sure hit!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2000
The term empathy and its meaning are often misunderstood. Dr Ciaramicoli has written a very engaging and simple guide to relationships and human interaction. He has written a book that the average lay person can understand and relate to. The thing that clicked with me was the thought that we can all take control of our lives and destiny through the power of empathy. His process and the way he communicates it has changed my life and the way I relate to people I come in contact with daily.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2000
This book vividly explains how empathy can have a profound effect on your relationships. These can be business, personal, marriage, or any relationship. Getting to understand and appreciate the perspective and background of the "other side" can lead to a more productive means of communication. Most relationships break down because of a lack of communication. The Power of Empathy gives one a road map on how to direct your thoughts, actions, and emotions in dealing with anyone that matters. The implications of this approach are enormous. If spouses can learn to truly empathize with each other, their bond will strenghten. Business people can use empathy to learn how to better serve their clients. Politicians can use empathy to effectively provide for the needs of their constituents. Teachers can be more effective; doctors more responsive to patients needs. Even lawyers would be more in tune with their client's needs. The Power of Empathy is very readable. You don't have to have a background in psychology to understand and appreciate this book. Dr. Ciaramicoli gives examples of the uses of empathy with references to the literature. His message is documented by many authoritative sources in science and the arts. Everyone- and I mean everyone- can profit from this masterwork. It is highly recommended! The gospel of The Power of Empathy must be spread throughout the world.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Many self-help books that are offered to readers today rely on "POP" psychology theories that lack personal experience. This approach, in my opinion, lacks depth, soul, and originality which in many cases is born from painful experiences. Dr. Ciaramicoli, on the the other hand, courageously weaves his private and professional life experiences throughout the book and pierces through to the souls of all those who read it.
Reading "The Power of Empathy" reinvented the term for me and made me realize the dark side of empathy, which is often displayed when we manipulate other people for our gain.
To sum up, I applaud Dr. Ciaramicoli for his courage to share his personal story to me--the reader, regarding the struggles he endured as it gives me hope and a feeling of connectedness which, in my opinion, is the essence of empathy.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2000
Dr. Ciaramicoli has accomplished the very difficult task of sharing himself and his clinical wisdom in an extraordinarily well written and usefull book. The Power of Empathy provides clear insights into how to better understand one's self and one's relationships. I have found the book valuable to me both personally and professionally and have recommended it both to family/friends and patients. The information is so clearly stated and helpful that I hope The Power of Empathy will be read by many. It is one of the best books of its kind that I have come across.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2000
Would you like to deepen and improve your relationships with others? Are you unable to unravel important failed relationships? Do you want to understand how you can and why you should? Dr. Ciaramacoli's Power of Empathy provides these answers, in a deeply personal and straight-foward way. He cearly presents how we can all live better lives. Wisdom is presented here as it was in Tuesdays With Morrie. Great work!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2000
Absolutely wonderful book which explains how empathy can be used to improve relationships. The reader learns early on that Dr. Ciaramicoli was compelled to write this book because of his younger brother's suicide. The book contains many examples of empathy's power and each story urged me to read on. Dr. Ciaramicoli's book has allowed me to have a better understanding of my own personal relationships and I thank him for it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2000
This book vividly explains how empathy can have a profound effect on your relationships. These can be business, personal, marriage, or any relationship. Getting to understand and appreciate the perspective and background of the "other side" can lead to a more productive means of communication. Most relationships break down because of a lack of communication. The Power of Empathy gives one a road map on how to direct your thoughts, actions, and emotions in dealing with anyone that matters. The implications of this approach are enormous. If spouses can learn to truly empathize with each other, their bond will strenghten. Business people can use empathy to learn how to better serve their clients. Politicians can use empathy to effectively provide for the needs of their constituents. Teachers can be more effective; doctors more responsive to patients needs. Even lawyers would be more in tune with their client's needs. The Power of Empathy is very readable. You don't have to have a background in psychology to understand and appreciate this book. Dr. Ciaramicoli gives real life examples of the uses of empathy with references to the literature. His message is documented by many authoritative sources in science and the arts. Everyone- and I mean everyone- can profit from this masterwork. It is highly recommended! The gospel of The Power of Empathy must be spread throughout the world.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2000
This book offers, a mix of laughter and tears as the author guides the reader through human experiences both good and bad. We are exposed to the possibilities that lie within all of us through the power of empathy. I found the honesty of the author refreshing, allowing readers to see him as another human being, not just a by-line on the cover a book.
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