Work in helping professions can lead to burnout, loss of compassion
By Tamiko Morgan, M.D.
Compassion is defined as “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it” (Merriam Dictionary). Related words include those such as kindness, empathy, mercy, understanding, and humanity. The opposite of compassion would be described as insensitivity, cold-heartedness, indifference, cruelty, and inhumanity. Please note, weakness is not the same as compassion: It takes a strong person to be able to care as much about others as themselves! In fact, one could argue that the foundation of being human is built on this sense of consideration of others. Continue Reading →
As we enter the season when folks think about peace and goodwill toward all, I am struck by the many times folks have an opportunity to make a difference to actually change things — or at least make a dent in injustice — but when they are confronted with the opportunity, they pass. Everyone on some level, I believe, knows that we live in a society and in a world that is desperately in need of change. Our society in particular is clearly in need of more love and concern and compassion. Most people want to see their neighbors do well. I think it’s safe to say that most folks think that people should be able to eat, have clean drinking water, shelter, clothing and work that provides a sufficient living as well as dignity. Continue Reading →