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Empathy beyond the conceptual level core nonspecific factors of psychotherapy

Jean-Luc Mommaerts, Liesbet Goubert UGent and Dirk Devroey (2012) PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE. 55(2). p.175-182
abstract
The human mind contains much more than concepts. By only taking into account the conceptual level, a cared-for person may feel utterly lonely and abandoned, not deeply in contact with the caregiver, not deeply understood for who he or she really is. A chronic pain patient, for instance, may react to a purely conceptual-level communication, with its lack of deeper contact, by an increasing sense of loneliness. This in itself may substantially contribute to the suffering of chronic functional pain or even functional disorders in general. In dealing with chronic pain patients, as with any patients, it is therefore very important to develop a sense of empathy that goes beyond this, towards deeply understanding the patient as complete person. This sheds a profound light on the all-important nonspecific factors of psychotherapy, which according to many researchers form the only profoundly active principle in psychotherapy.
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keyword
ALTRUISM HYPOTHESIS, CHRONIC PAIN COUPLES
journal title
PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Perspect. Biol. Med.
volume
55
issue
2
pages
175 - 182
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000303843500002
JCR category
HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
0.865 (2012)
JCR rank
13/58 (2012)
JCR quartile
1 (2012)
ISSN
0031-5982
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2152160
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2152160
date created
2012-06-13 18:04:58
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2012-06-14 12:50:54
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  abstract     = {The human mind contains much more than concepts. By only taking into account the conceptual level, a cared-for person may feel utterly lonely and abandoned, not deeply in contact with the caregiver, not deeply understood for who he or she really is. A chronic pain patient, for instance, may react to a purely conceptual-level communication, with its lack of deeper contact, by an increasing sense of loneliness. This in itself may substantially contribute to the suffering of chronic functional pain or even functional disorders in general. In dealing with chronic pain patients, as with any patients, it is therefore very important to develop a sense of empathy that goes beyond this, towards deeply understanding the patient as complete person. This sheds a profound light on the all-important nonspecific factors of psychotherapy, which according to many researchers form the only profoundly active principle in psychotherapy.},
  author       = {Mommaerts, Jean-Luc and Goubert, Liesbet and Devroey, Dirk},
  issn         = {0031-5982},
  journal      = {PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE},
  keyword      = {ALTRUISM HYPOTHESIS,CHRONIC PAIN COUPLES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {175--182},
  title        = {Empathy beyond the conceptual level core nonspecific factors of psychotherapy},
  volume       = {55},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Mommaerts, Jean-Luc, Liesbet Goubert, and Dirk Devroey. 2012. “Empathy Beyond the Conceptual Level Core Nonspecific Factors of Psychotherapy.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 55 (2): 175–182.
APA
Mommaerts, J.-L., Goubert, L., & Devroey, D. (2012). Empathy beyond the conceptual level core nonspecific factors of psychotherapy. PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, 55(2), 175–182.
Vancouver
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Mommaerts J-L, Goubert L, Devroey D. Empathy beyond the conceptual level core nonspecific factors of psychotherapy. PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE. 2012;55(2):175–82.
MLA
Mommaerts, Jean-Luc, Liesbet Goubert, and Dirk Devroey. “Empathy Beyond the Conceptual Level Core Nonspecific Factors of Psychotherapy.” PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE 55.2 (2012): 175–182. Print.