Japanese Journal of Qualitative Psychology
Online ISSN : 2435-7065
The Horizon of "Being with Another Person" that Supports "Empathy"
Through Description and Analysis of Author’s Own Life-World Experiences
Maki Fujii
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2012 Volume 11 Issue 1 Pages 63-80


We generally understand that the ability to appreciate feelings of another person through a subjective identification with them as "empathy." However, the concept of empathy is not what we actually experience as we’re deeply committed to others. Based on this recognition as one living person, this study inductively aims to grasp the actual feelings developed among people as "being with another person," referring to the author’s own life-world experiences in details and to analyze the actualities of "being with another person." As a result, the following two experiential aspects have been clarified: for "being with another person," 1) we can live in the inter-subjective world based on a perceptual body and 2) we can be in an inter-subjective relationship, overcoming being a private entity. These considerations lead to the findings that superficially understanding another person in the scene of psychological support is inadequate and that we really need to share deeply connected relationships one another.

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