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How to be a cool headed clinician

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 08 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3980

Re: How to be a cool headed clinician

Other responders have pointed out the most basic error in Sokol's article---that he does not know what empathy is. I have two points to add.

1. Empathy is an essential quality in the practice of Cognitive therapy but you will not see therapists crying or otherwise emoting in session, even in the face of massive emotional outpourings by clients. Sokol might find it useful to sit in on such a session.

2. Is there no-one on the BMJ senior editorial team who knows what empathy is? It took me about 30 seconds to see that the whole premise of his piece was totally in error. Shame on you!

Yours empathetically
Declan Fox

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 June 2012
Declan P Fox
Freelance family physician/cognitive therapist
6 Ballymullarty Road, Newtownstewart, Co.Tyrone BT784NP