Episode 41 – All About Empathy

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Have you ever been told that you’re an empath? Or maybe that you lack empathy? Are you looking for a way to develop this type of connection?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their observations and experiences with empathy (or lack thereof) as therapists.

In This Episode


  • What is empathy
  • Why is it important
  • How to improve your ability to empathize

What is empathy

  • The ability to emotionally understand what other people feel, see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place
  • Putting yourself in someone else’s position and feeling what they must be feeling.
  • When we can see someone’s side of the story or experience, it is powerful that the person feels connected to us

Why is it important

  • We feel connected to people, both emotionally and intellectually, when we empathize
  • It’s the oil that keeps the engine of a relationship strong!
  • Helps us respond appropriately to situations

How to improve your ability to empathize

  • Undertake challenging experiences which push you outside your comfort zone
  • Travel, especially to new places and cultures. It gives you a better appreciation for others.
  • Talk to others about what it is like to walk in their shoes

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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