Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Learning to hold space for the uncomfortable feelings of others
When working with medical students, Registrars and colleagues, I do notice that a significant number have a real struggle around holding space for the uncomfortable feelings of others, and as a result, may have strong urges to respond to the world’s emotional pain and suffering despite being unwell themselves.
It’s a real struggle. It may be partly due to the schema of “self sacrifice” and of course, Medicine will naturally attract those.
If excessive, it can lead to significant compassion fatigue and the tendency to “over rescue” rather than coach.
It’s not easy but there is a way out…
I wonder if you can relate?