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?