Judith Orloff on Thriving as an Empath

April 22, 2020

“A little self-care goes a long way. Honoring your sensitivities is an act of self-love.”

Today it’s so great to have Dr. Judith Orloff on the podcast. Dr. Orloff is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her new book Thriving as an Empath, along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal, offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people  Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has also spoken at Google-LA and has a TEDX talk.

  • The gift of being different
  • How empaths are “emotional sponges”
  • How empaths can be misdiagnosed
  • The importance of being aware of the “phases of nature” and the “cycles of light”
  • Treasure your sensitivity
  • Identify the signs of being overwhelmed with stimulation
  • You are allowed to have peace
  • The new paradigm of being a man
  • The sacredness of commitment
  • Why the past doesn’t control you
  • The importance of setting boundaries
  • The joy of not overthinking
  • How to hold space for someone without having to fix them
  • Getting in touch with the “magical part of your being”
  • Being willing to feel loss in order to move on
  • Go where the light is
  • How to shield yourself from toxic people
  • How to stop caring about other people’s opinions of us

3 Responses to “Judith Orloff on Thriving as an Empath”

  1. Shawn OBrien says:

    Um, I still love Scott, but….

    • Ezra Bertuccelli says:

      One of the things Scott is great at is asking for usable data or deeper conceptual analysis and charitably continuing on regardless of how much of that his guests provide. Dr Orloff said she didn’t have psychometric validation, etc. to back up her empath scale, but the absence of data doesn’t mean there isn’t something of value there.

      A lot of what Dr Orloff was describing resonates with me, but my inner skeptic also wants a scientific reality check. Scott’s idea of using her scale in his own research seems like a good step towards resolving that inner tension 🙂

  2. Brie Roche says:

    Hey, there!
    I was listening to the podcast and as Judith described empaths, it reminded me of some research about Sexual Blueprints I stumbled upon a year ago. Have you noticed a correlation between empathic people and people who are the “energetic”(sensitive to sound, touch, taste, and smell) sexual blueprint?

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