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Christel’s Top Empathy Book List

Two decades ago the literature on empathy was far and few between which would be the driving force to what initially inspired me to begin researching and writing about empathy.  I brought the only 2 books that I could find; The Power of Empathy and The Empowered Empath, a stark contrast from the other.  Times have certainly changed with many diverse books on empathy available, however one must understand that all are pertinent as Empathy plays the single most pivotal role in every relationship that we have and will ever have, the more we learn, the better. I have compiled Christel’s Top Empathy Book List and will soon be providing a review on each and every book that makes it on this page.  Please note, that if you click on any of the links to purchase a book, this will take you to Amazon, (world leading online store) to which I am an affiliate and receive a small % from each sale that helps to cover the cost of maintaining my website – I am very grateful and appreciate your support 🙂

The Power of Empathy

A Practical Guide to Creating Intimacy, Self-understanding, and Lasting Love in Your Life.  Empathy, an innate human capacity that gives us the ability to understand the unique experiences of another person, is the most overlooked component of relationships. By allowing us to connect with one another on a meaningful and fulfilling level, it “can help and heal us all. This excellent book shows you how” (Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Connect). Using a practical and inspiring plan for making empathy a vital part of your everyday life, discover:

The Empowered Empath

If you were born an empath, you weren’t just born as a Highly Sensitive Person. Every empath is a highly, highly sensitive person. This can be great, a huge advantage for success and relationships. BUT first, skills! Stop feeling like a victim or fearing energy vampires. Start knowing who you are as a person. Stop worrying about your emotional and mental health. Start living with more emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Stop putting others first. Start putting yourself first, in a healthy and appropriate way.


Danish Way of Parenting:

Discover the parenting secrets of the happiest people in the world. What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world–and how do Danish parents raise happy, confident, successful kids, year after year? This upbeat and practical guide reveals the habits of the happiest families on earth. With illuminating examples and simple yet powerful advice, the authors present six essential principles, which spell out P-A-R-E-N-T. A revealing and fresh take on cross-cultural parenting advice…

Roots of Empathy

Changing the World Child by Child.  Roots of empathy―an evidence-based program developed in 1996 by longtime educator and social entrepreneur Mary Gordon―has already reached more than 270,000 children in Canada, the U.S., Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. Now, as The New York Times reports that “empathy lessons are spreading everywhere amid concerns over the pressure on students from high-stakes tests and a race to college that starts in kindergarten,” Mary Gordon explains the value of and how best to nurture empathy and social and emotional literacy in all children…


Highly Sensitive Person

Are you a highly sensitive person?  Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Are you “too shy” or “too sensitive” according to others? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Most of us feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for the Highly Sensitive Person, it’s a way of life. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Elaine Aron, shows you how to identify this trait in yourself and make the most of it in everyday situations.  Drawing on her many years of research and hundreds of interviews…

The Spiritual Power

Develop Your Intuitive Gifts for Compassionate Connection.  Discover your innate empathic abilities with popular author Cyndi Dale as your guide. With this hands-on training course, you’ll learn how to comfortably use empathy for better relationships and healing the self and others. The Spiritual Power of Empathy presents this often-unrecognized ability in accessible ways, allowing you to discover an expanded awareness of what empathy is, how it works, and the myriad ways it manifests. Develop deeper connections with your loved ones, use specialized techniques for screening and filtering information, and gain insights…

The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person? If so, this workbook is for you. Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? Do you have a rich inner life and intense dreams? Did parents or teachers call you “too shy” or “too sensitive”? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). High sensitivity is a trait shared by 20 percent of the population, according to Dr. Elaine Aron, a clinical psychologist and workshop leader and the bestselling author of The Highly Sensitive Person.

The Emotion Code

In The Emotion Code, renowned holistic physician and lecturer Dr. Bradley Nelson skillfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of “trapped emotions”; emotional energies that literally inhabit your body. Dr. Nelson explains clearly and concisely how trapped emotions can create pain, malfunction and eventual disease.  In addition, trapped emotions can exert a dramatic effect on how you think, the choices…



“E-Motion will have a very positive impact on the evolution of human consciousness.” Imagine a world where everyone is manifesting from their heart the perfect creation that’s inside each of us. Imagine a world where abundance, inner peace, longevity and loving relationships abound. Imagine E-motion Experts from around the world sharing their wisdom and negative emotion clearing techniques to light a new pathway for humanity. Imagine we are sacred, spiritual beings here for a much larger reason…

The Stress Solution:

The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience. Therapeutic tools for fighting the anxiety, fear, and depression caused by stress.  “We work too much, sleep too little, love with half a heart, and wonder why we are unhappy and unhealthy,” writes clinical psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli. In The Stress Solution, Ciaramicoli provides readers with simple, realistic, powerful techniques for using empathy and cognitive behavioral therapy to perceive situations accurately…

Mirroring People:

Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others. What accounts for our remarkable ability to get inside another person’s head–to know what he or she is thinking and feeling? Marco Iacoboni, a leading neuroscientist, explains the groundbreaking research into mirror neurons, the “smart cells” in our brain that allow us to understand others. From imitation to morality, from political affiliations to consumer choices, mirror neurons are relevant to myriad aspects of social cognition.


The Art of Empathy

A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill.  What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve your relationships and your emotional life? Empathy, teaches Karla McLaren, is that skill. With The Art of Empathy, she teaches us how to perceive and feel the experiences of others with clarity and authenticity—to connect with them more deeply and effectively.  Informed by current insights from neuroscience, social psychology, and healing traditions, this book explores…


Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives.  Empathy has for a long time, at least since the eighteenth century, been seen as centrally important in relation to our capacity to gain a grasp of the content of other people’s minds, and predict and explain what they will think, feel, and do; and in relation to our capacity to respond to others ethically. In addition, empathy is seen as having a central role in aesthetics, in the understanding of our engagement with works of art and with fictional characters.

Highly Intuitive People:

Do you struggle with small talk and prefer deep conversation? Are you extremely sensitive to other people’s moods? Do people describe you as highly perceptive? Are you exhausted after being in busy places? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, you may be a Highly Intuitive Person: someone who is especially sensitive to the energy of others. Highly Intuitive People, also known as Intuitive-Sensitives, are a refined group of sensitive people who are said to make up 15-20 per cent of the population.


Empathy: Why It Matters

Discover the Six Habits of Highly Empathic People.  A popular speaker and co-founder of The School of Life, Roman Krznaric has traveled the world researching and lecturing on the subject of empathy. In this lively and engaging book, he argues that our brains are wired for social connection. Empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are. By looking outward and attempting to identify with the experiences of others, Krznaric argues, we can become not only a more equal society…

Selfie Syndrome Undermining Our Kids

Is the Selfie Syndrome Undermining Our Kids’ Future? Teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a lack of empathy—which goes hand-in-hand with the self-absorption epidemic Dr. Michele Borba calls the Selfie Syndrome—so dangerous? First, it hurts kids’ academic performance and leads to bullying behaviors. Also, it correlates with more cheating and less resilience. And once children grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve—all must-have skills for the global economy.

The Power (The Secret)

The Secret revealed the law of attraction. Now Rhonda Byrne reveals the greatest power in the universe — the power to have anything you want.  In this book you will come to understand that all it takes is just one thing to change your relationships, money, health, happiness, career, and your entire life.  Every discovery, invention, and human creation comes from The Power. Perfect health, incredible relationships, a career you love, a life filled with happiness, and the money you need to be, do, and have everything you want, all come from The Power.


Become The Most Important Person

Ever worry that your sensitivity is a curse? Get skills with the system of Empath Empowerment (TM). Then you can enjoy your life as never before. This book gives you an easy 30-day plan. Read one short chapter, then spend just 10 minutes a day practicing. But those 10 short minutes will add up to something big. Wherever you go, and regardless of whom you’re with, you can become The Most Important Person in the Room. People will respect you more. (And you can actually help them more too, if you wish.)


The Empathy Factor

Your Competitive Advantage for Personal, Team, and Business Success.  Building on the latest research in brain science, emotional intelligence, and organizational theory, an award-winning communication and organizational strategist answers questions about the true definition of empathy. This groundbreaking exploration into business productivity and office management offers both real-world insights and practical ways to build transformative empathy skills organization-wide. It shows how learning about and teaching empathy in the workplace can improve productivity, innovation, and profitability.

The Age of Empathy

Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society.  “An important and timely message about the biological roots of human kindness.” —Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape. Are we our brothers’ keepers? Do we have an instinct for compassion? Or are we, as is often assumed, only on earth to serve our own survival and interests? In this thought-provoking book, the acclaimed author of Our Inner Ape examines how empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans. Through a better understanding of empathy’s survival value in evolution, de Waal suggests, we can work together toward a more just society based…

Self-Care for the Self-Aware:

Self-Care for the Self-Aware: A Guide for Highly Sensitive People, Empaths, Intuitives, and Healers.  Are you frustrated because you haven’t yet healed? If your symptoms of physical, emotional, or energetic pains and illness keep reoccurring no matter what you’ve done, this book is for you!  If you are overweight, or are inexplicably lethargic, unfocused, or feeling lost, there is a reason. If you are anxious, depressed, or have digestion/elimination difficulties, your energetic sensitivities likely have caused you to take on the pain, unhappiness, and other dis-ease of the people around you.


Think and Grow Rich!

Think and Grow Rich: The Original Classic by Napoleon Hill.  The greatest motivational book of all time! Napoleon Hill’s thirteen step programme will set you on the path to wealth and success. Think and Grow Rich reveals the money-making secrets of hundreds of America’s most affluent people. By thinking like them, you can become like them. This powerful 1937 classic, with analysis from self-development authority Tom Butler-Bowdon, will continue to be read through the decades of economic boom and bust, proving that the magic formula for making money never changes.  The Greatest Motivational Book of All Time “Think and Grow Rich” reveals the money-making secrets of hundreds of America’s most affluent people.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you’ll need to accomplish what Covey calls a “paradigm shift”–a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works.

Born for Love:

Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential–and Endangered.  Born for Love is the definitive book on empathy. Renowned psychiatrist Bruce Perry has appeared on Oprah, CNN, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and other programs as an expert in this hot area of neuroscience, and has been cited as such in Newsweek, the New York Times, and The New Yorker (in a story written by Malcolm Gladwell). He and co-writer Maia Szalavitz explore empathy’s startling importance in human evolution and its significance for our children and our society. The authors of The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog present a powerful case that love is essential…and endangered.


This list may be updated/added too in the near future.

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