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Empathy - Gateway to Creativity

Developing an empathic way of being.

Many people still believe empathy is only for maintaining well-being, healing personal problems and for conflict mediation. While it is great at that, many do not realize empathy is a primary source for creativity, innovation and action. In order to creatively solve problems and innovate together, we need to connect deeply with the feelings and needs of others. From deep connection with our common humanity, profound creativity, innovation and actions can arise that addresses and solves foundational problems, not just surface, superficial ones.

Creative artists know that empathy is also fun and makes for wonderful creative dance, theater, music, etc. As the actor Meryl Streep (follow this link for videos and transcripts of Ms. Streep speaking on empathy and creativity), who was nominated for 19 Academy Awards says,

“I’ve thought a lot about the power of empathy. In my work, it’s the

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #1: The Art Therapist’s Third Hand

Cool Art Therapy Intervention #1 is not a technique or method, but the essence of what makes art therapists different from other professionals who use art in counseling, therapy and medicine. It’s called the “third hand” and it’s really art therapy’s v…

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