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The Magic of Empathy: Theory and Practice is an innovative book that delves deep into the psyche of human communication to help people improve their interactions. Author Dr. Nicole Audet uses her experiences in family medicine to help describe a framework for good relationships—Empathy. Empathic communication means that you approach the other person quietly and objectively, building trust through respectful behavior, sincere efforts to listen, and a lack of interruptions and self-centered reactions. The first half of the book details how to begin using the Empathy practice during meetings, with family and kids, and at any time when the situation might be complicated. The second half contains examples from the author’s life of interpersonal and group communications under sometimes challenging or chaotic circumstances, giving anecdotal evidence of how this method creates real improvement.
This book is really unique and gave me a lot of inspiration. After reading I had much more clarity on what causes flaws in communication and a full toolbox of ideas for how to handle other people harmoniously. Dr. Nicole Audet’s detailed, but very clear, instructions for how to use empathic communication are written with confidence. As the author states, “Emotions are contagious,” and the core theory of Empathy is made more effective by the author’s own open-minded tone while she advises the reader how to rethink their habits. Over the course of the days after reading The Magic of Empathy: Theory and Practice, I remembered clearly the methods and examples demonstrated in the book and began to apply them to situations in my life. With each step, Dr. Audet is systematically encouraging and this makes the book highly interactive, with a real power to change lives.
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