27-02-2019 10:25 AM
Last night we had a Topic Tuesday event around exploring compassion fatgiue - check it out here.
We discussed what compassion fatigue was, how it differed from burn out - the different signs to look out for when considering if it's burn out or compassion fatigue and then also looked at tips and strategies to look after ourselves through this. I thought the conversation could continue here and I'll tag those that were involved in the event (no pressure to get involved here though!) and perhaps you can share one thing that you learnt from the event that you could share to others that weren't there last night?
What interested you from the knowledge shared? If you had a friend struggling with potential burn out of compassion fatigue, what from last nights event would you want to share with them to help for instance?
If you weren't there - what do you know about this topic, have you had any experiences of compassion fatigue that you know of?
27-02-2019 06:20 PM
Compassion fatigue signs:
27-02-2019 09:13 PM
On the point of reduced feelings of sympathy or empathy with compassion fatigue, are there any thoughts on the opposite of this. Over emphasizing with unrelated people or events, often for relatively 'minor' events while struggling with sympathy and empathy for those closest, paticually loved ones we are supporting?
28-02-2019 01:04 PM
Thats a really interesting question @Determined !
So, when you feel high levels of empathy for a stranger on the news for instance yet feeling a bit disengaged from your loved ones and empathy with them? Is that right?
Have others felt this or had this kind of experience?
02-03-2019 11:15 AM
Sorry for the late reply @Lauz have been super busy.
I think my question was more around the over emphasizing with strangers but there can definatly be reduced empathy for loved ones.
It is a bit hard to explain the feelings of empathy for loved one because they fluctuate so widely (not sure if this is part if the compassion fatigue or not) I can go from uneffected emotionally to something 'big' (not that I dont care just there is no emotion) to overreacting in my response to a relatively small problem. Always afterwards there are feelings of guilt around the lack of emotion.
07-03-2019 12:13 PM
Those feelings of guilt must be hard? What have you done in the past to help manage that? It seems like compassion can be something that really fluctuates. Has anyone else in this thread so far found similar feelings?
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