Empathy

Sometimes it sucks being empathetic in my line of work. I’m sitting here stressed about someone who’s not my “client” but have been helping as well due to my knowledge from my previous job. She had a crisis last night and it’ll continue all weekend as she can’t get answers until Monday. I know i have to compartmentalize. I know i shouldn’t get invested in people’s lives that i am paid to help. The whole system is fucked up. Ethics pays a big role but where is caring and doing the right thing in ethics? As long as you — do no harm — it doesn’t want me to quit this field as i know I’m really good at it and it is fulfilling now that I’m out in the field full time. Yet to sit here trying to think of ways to help or fix or hell even make slightly better is not always good for me either.

3 thoughts on “Empathy

  1. The system is definitely fucked, but without limits on how invested you get, you (or anyone else) would burn out in a heartbeat. I think being effective as a helper can only happen if the problems aren’t fully taken on as your own.

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