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Life, Death & The Space Between

Aug 25, 2022




“If you are empathic, you must develop skills to not take on the suffering of the world.” – psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff



Episode Summary:  


Are the woes of the world weighing especially heavily on you lately? Are you feeling burned out? Is it all just too much?


If so… you may be an empath.


Psychiatrist Judith Orloff, MD asserts that we are the keepers of an innate intuitive and empathic intelligence so perceptive that it can help us heal — and prevent illness. These qualities are too often disenfranchised from conventional health care. Dr. Orloff is a New York Times bestselling author and is on the UCLA psychiatric clinical faculty.  Her mission is proving the links between physical, emotional, and spiritual health.


She has written 8 books. Her newest, “Affirmations for Empaths” is a weekly journal helping sensitive, caring, empathic people reflect and flourish.


Listen in to hear how Dr. Orloff bridges psychiatry and spirituality.   


Topics We Discuss:


  • [3:18] How Dr. Orloff’s combines traditional medical skills with her empathic gifts and intuition.  Her new workbook, and how she intends you to use it to expand into more natural ways of you being you.


  • [10:02] Dr. Orloff’s working definition of “empath”. Her first book has a 20 question self-assessment to determine if you are an empath.


  • [12:15] Empaths feel overwhelm from large crowds and from not being understood. Most empath are introverts, but empaths can also be extroverts.


  • [16:40] Affirmations are a useful tool for establishing new neural pathways, for soaking the subconscious with new ideas.  This is not spiritual bypassing.


  • [21:08]  Dr Orloff asserts, and Dr. Robbins agrees, you may never get over the fears, the anxiety, and the negative messages. Rather, you learn how to tame them and learn skills to manage them.


  • [22:26] The importance of meditation as a spiritual practice.


  • [23:37]  How Dr Orloff incorporates intuition in her psychiatry work.  She listens with her linear mind, while listening with her intuition and empathy.







Find Dr. Orloff at her website.


Her latest book, “Affirmations for Empaths” is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.





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