It's ironic that people use the term compassion fatigue to describe the depression, sleeplessness and anxiety that may come from being immersed in other people's suffering. Compassion is the antidote to the burnout and stress caused by overuse of empathy. The Folly of Empathy Empathy is to "relate" to the events that caused else's suffering - to try them on and think about how I would respond if they were happening to me.
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There's a moment when you're holding something the other person will not want to know. As you wait for them to answer the door, or come into your office or pick up the phone it feels like you're about to hand them an exploding package. A lot of energy is about to be released, you want to be able to absorb it and take it to ground. The key to this is humility and compassion. Humility will allow you to not know what the news needs beyond the facts. Let the facts be said as g