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WHEN PAIN BLOCKS OUR ABILITY TO EMPATHIZE
"A mother can't breastfeed her infant if she doesn't receive adequate nourishment herself. Likewise, if we find ourselves unable or unwilling to empathize despite our efforts, it is usually a sign that we are too starved for empathy to be able to offer it to others. Sometimes if we openly acknowledge that our own distress is preventing us from responding empathically, the other person may come through with the empathy we need." Rosenberg


"Avoidance of Pain. 
When we become more mindful of what we notice, what we pay attention to is a conscious choice. I notice many people these days say they cannot tolerate the news – too much suffering in the world. Understandable. I, too, am limiting more of my exposure to certain information lately. Some people explain their avoidance of certain situations as “compassion fatigue.” A 24/7 digital world brings pain to our doorstep within minutes with little end in sight. We feel our lack of power to affect change when we are faced with unrelenting bad news. Our internal resources feel overwhelmed."
What Blocks Our Empathy? Louise Altman


References

Marshall Rosenberg, Non-Violent Communication, Some More About Empathy
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