Compassion fatigue used to be a problem that was most commonly seen among health care professionals. Because their work puts them in situations where they commonly see or hear about ongoing and sometimes unspeakable suffering, it is not unusual to see some of our most skilled, caring, and compassionate "helpers" fall victim to compassion fatigue. However, in today's world, where every tragedy is instantly broadcast directly into our living rooms (TV), laps (laptop), and/or hands (smartphone), compassion fatigue is no longer unique to certain professions. As Dr. Amit Sood points out in his book, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living , "... we are inundated with graphic images of the unimaginable suffering of millions. We can fathom the suffering of a few, but a million becomes a statistic that numbs us." Signs of compassion fatigue include: Feeling burdened by the suffering of others Blaming others for their suffering Isolating yourself Loss of pleasure in life … [Read more...] about Are You Suffering from Compassion Fatigue?
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Source: Photo by Gonzalo Facello from Pexels In my previous post , I highlighted the importance of environmental factors in the development of expertise in sport. Most notably, the importance of where and when (relative to the selection year) you are born, the role of older siblings and family, the importance of street sport and being identified early and recruited into a systematic training program impact significantly on your chances of becoming an elite athlete. If nothing else in life, be born lucky. Another key ingredient in the path to success is the need to have sufficient exposure to the right amount and type of practice in the eventual target sport for expertise. While the debate continues as to the relative benefits of specializing early or late, the latter implying a more diverse sporting background is beneficial, there is no doubt that as humans we adapt to the specific stresses placed upon us during practice and competition . To this end, expertise arises … [Read more...] about How Plasticity and Adaptability Create Great Athletes
Source: George Rudy/Shutterstock Wouldn’t it be great if you could automatically read the emotions of the important people in your life? How nice to know, without their telling you, whether they’re sad or happy, scared or calm, angry or pleased. You could adjust your own reactions to their feeling state without having to exchange a word, and you would almost never have to deal with the misunderstandings that occur when people get confused about each other’s feelings. It is true that the better you know someone, the better able you are to decipher their facial cues, but this is not always a guarantee, even if you’ve lived with your partner for years. The ability to detect emotions remains one of the most fascinating areas of research on interpersonal relations. Because there is no completely direct pathway from emotions to facial cues and then to the interpretation of those cues, researchers must devise clever ways to trace these complex connections. New technologies in the lab … [Read more...] about How to Figure Out Exactly What Your Partner Is Feeling