08 February 2012

Why Must I Be So Empathetic?

I'm starting to realize I am just way too empathetic.  I'm one of those people that reads about an abused puppy and can't get over being upset for days.  Why?  I had to quit reading too much news a couple years ago because it was all just too violent, too depressing.  I take the weight of these things when I don't need to.  The other day my mother in law called me to tell me a story that was on Dr.Phil about a child who had been locked in a closet for 8 years.  I could go on about it but I won't traumatize you with the details.  I've now thought about this periodically every day since I heard about it three days ago!  This empathy issue with me is something I'm realizing I need to get in check, fast!  I'm going to school to be a therapist for abused and traumatized children.  I won't make it very far if I can't learn not to take on everyone's emotions.  But how can I not feel gut wrenching empathy when I hear of a child locked in a closet for 8 years and had to endure horrible and unspeakable things.  I keep telling myself: sympathy good, empathy bad.  Anyone else have this problem?

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