Therapists may have strong feelings about a conflict, but they can work with people affected by either side.
‘Compassion fatigue’ may act as a coping mechanism to being exposed to the suffering of others.
It’s important that employers and employees understand sympathy, empathy and compassion, and consider these emotions’ roles in both job performance and employee relations.
Burnout and ‘compassion fatigue’ can compromise patient safety and signal health worker exhaustion. And they are a ticking time bomb for health care.
Preventing teacher burnout is a community responsibility we can address. If those who have become first responders in schools withdraw we will also see adverse effects on students.
Health professionals need a dose of drama in their training to build clinical and interpersonal skills.
The myth of compassion fatigue suggests that compassion is a finite resource. The reality is that health-care providers are over-worked and need better institutional support.
Research shows empathy itself does not have any limits. If it appears limited, it is because of people’s goals, values and choices.