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sympathy (Gestalt)

For Perls, sympathy is distinct from empathy and apathy. Sympathy presupposes the therapist's authentic involvement in the 'I/thou' person-to-person relationship, without hiding behind a role.


Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.