Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Helping our patients to hold an uncomfortable feeling with care, hope, and compassion


Being able to sense other people’s feelings or empathy is great, but at times, it can work against us too if we are not careful and aware.

Why?

Imagine if someone is angry with us. We then can sense their anger. We then hold their anger with the anger we sense. They then sense our anger, and now we may have an escalation of two angry people.

Same goes with sadness and anxiety. We may end up with two very sad or anxious people too.

So how can we mitigate this?

Consider holding other people’s anger, anxiety, or sadness with care, hope, and compassion instead. If they can then sense our care, hope, and compassion, they may then be able to use those feelings to hold/shift their own feelings.

As Family Doctors, we sometimes lead with thought, but don’t forget to lead with our feelings too.

Feelings are “contagious” and “transmitted” both ways.

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