PRIMARY EMPATHY

A strategy in therapies that are client-centered in which the therapist makes a conscious effort to experience a situation in the same manner as the client and then attempts to rephrase that client's thoughts and feeling from their point of view.

PRIMARY EMPATHY: "For a counselor to show primary empathy, she must be a very good listener."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PRIMARY EMPATHY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/primary-empathy/ (accessed September 12, 2019).
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