The use of empathy and listening skills sometimes fosters happy marriages, good relationships, emotional intimacy, and psychological hugs.
This website on happy marriages, good relationships, empathy, listening skills, emotional intimacy, and psychological hugs is six pages long and includes a home page titled Empathy, Listening Skills, and Relationships.
I, Lawrence J. Bookbinder, Ph.D., wrote the material for this site. My qualifications are:
I was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University in 1959, earned licenses to practice in Michigan and California, and later became a Fellow of the Division of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association. After practicing clinical psychology for over thirty years, I retired.
During my career, some of my activities were authoring/co-authoring ten articles in professional journals, supervising other psychologists and psychology interns, and chairing the Organizing Committee of Psychologists Interested in the Study of Psychoanalysis.
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During my psychotherapeutic interactions with clients ranging from mildly dysfunctional to severely disturbed, I witnessed the power of using empathy and listening skills to:
- foster good relationships with them
- calm them
- facilitate their “opening up” to me.
I have given talks and workshops on how the use of empathy and listening skills sometimes enhances happy marriages, good relationships, emotional intimacy, and psychological hugs.