is a Chartered
Counseling Psychologist. Previously he completed a PhD using a
hermeneutic phenomenological approach, examining 'Decision Making in
Mental Healthcare'. He recently wrote a paper titled, 'Empathy
in phenomenological research: Employing Edith Stein's account of empathy
as a practical and ethical guide'. In this dialogue we talk about his
paper, Edith Stein's definition
and view of empathy and the definition of empathy.
"Stein's account of empathy is built on an understanding
of people in community with each other. Empathy in this understanding is a
purposeful perceptive ability that we employ as we navigate our way into
the future in cooperation with each other. Emotions are not viewed as
static states, contained within an individual."