Psychological Studies

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 336–347 | Cite as

Some Aspects of Empathy in the Process of Psychotherapy: Learning from Indian Tradition

  • Raghubir Singh PirtaEmail author
Review Article


This article focuses on some practices in Indian tradition as interventions for enhancing empathy among aspiring psychotherapists. In this venture, author after briefly looking into the evolution of pro-social behavior, it defines basic nature of bond formation between therapist and client, and then summarizes findings of studies on Eastern meditational practices in the context of empathy. Since there is not much convincing evidence that meditational practices enhanced empathy in psychotherapists, the suggestion is to explore other processes in the Indian tradition. Intuition (pratibha) and holistic learning (vyutpatti) are among those processes, respectively, for journeys into the inner world and interventions at community level. They are pragmatic ways to sensitize the aspiring psychotherapists.


Altruism Affection Intuition Empathy Meditation Mental health 


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyHimachal Pradesh UniversityShimlaIndia

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