Dokter Blog: from the desk of Rahajeng Tunjungputri

Medicine et cetera by @ajengmd

Empathy, or tea and sympathy?

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Have you ever wondered about the difference between empathy and sympathy?

Jerome Groopman, MD put it in his book, “How Doctors Think”: “Patients and their loved ones swim together with physicians in a sea of feelings. Each need to keep an eye on a neutral shore where flags are planted to warn of perilous emotional currents”. We’re human, we feel. We just need to still be able to do our job with meticulous discipline in spite of our feelings.
Would you stop yourself and think whether it’s time for you to empathise or sympathise? Would it make any difference whether you’re in one mode or the other?

Check out my new blog post on doc2doc.bmj.com, “Empathy, or tea and sympathy”, click here


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Regards,

Rahajeng



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Medicine is a growing field, and information presented here is reflective of the time of posting. Please refer to your physician for direct medical consultation. My views do not reflect those of my employers. --
Regards, Rahajeng

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