"Thriving as an Empath": 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff

Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People is Judith Orloff’s new book examining how empaths can live best in our modern world. She fills the work with her perspective as a fellow empath and many readers will assign additional weight to the book because she identifies with their struggles in such a complete way. The willingness to explore her own vulnerabilities is never a dominant feature of the work, but it nonetheless strengthens Orloff’s message. She brings a therapeutic dimension to the book through its use of various exercises to encourage and practice self-care.

These contributions to the text are presented with minimal fuss and never overshadow the bounty of insightful observations Orloff makes throughout the book. Thriving as an Empath is a book readers can approach from multiple angles; Orloff structures as a day by day guide to practicing self-care, but interested parties can dip into the text at any point and find useful information. Her clear and measured prose helps make this possible.

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It is far from Orloff’s first book and her sure-handed approach to construction makes this an immediately accessible work. She isn’t interested in showing off or lording her presumed knowledge over readers; if anything, she seems personally invested in our success and eager to approach her readers as equals rather than an authority. Her personality comes through during the entirety of Thriving as an Empath often in obvious and subtle ways. She has no qualms about discussing and revealing her own experiences as an empath and these revelations should bolster the confidence of anyone turning to her work searching for suggestions.

The decision to build this book on a day by day basis means that Thriving as an Empath explores the wide gamut of challenges and situations empaths can encounter. The years of work Orloff has devoted to the subject come to the fore here; she has arrived at logical and reasonable responses to a variety of issues. She offers no judgments upon the reader; for instance, when she discusses how empaths are often too critical of themselves or struggle to maintain a healthy level of self-esteem, she doesn’t wag a figurative finger reproving them for such lapses. Orloff, instead, treats readers with understanding and concentrates on offering them “a way out”.

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The exercises she adds to the text, particularly the near-mantra like “Set Your Intention” paragraphs included at the end of each section, are key factors in the book’s success. Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People isn’t just a book proposing to help empaths live a more healthy life, it also encourages their focus on maintaining a purpose and focus driven existence without sacrificing their core values.

Judith Orloff’s contributions to this subject and field of study rightly position her as one of its “leading lights” and a forward thinker who continues evolving and developing her ideas rather than allowing her work to lapse into static repetition. Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People carries on that work in a gripping and intelligent way.

Anne Hollister

Anne Hollister

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