As some of you may well know, I suffer from several very devastating mental illnesses. Some of which have affected my stream negatively. I am working on it. Please don't hate on people that suffer from mental illness, and lets work together to build our community here. There is a negative stigma associated with mental illness where people just cringe when they find out, and the fist go-to is "Oh man, what a psycho". This doesn't help. I too have been guilty of this from time-to-time. Making comments like "Jesus dude, take your fuckin meds" don't help either. Be constructive, because we all have issues in life. None of us are perfect. If you think you are, you're a Narcissist, which is also a form of mental illness. Also, if you feel the need to offer advice, do so with respect, and don't come across like you're self-righteous and your shit doesn't stink. My shit smells.
In recent years, “empathy” has been identified as a form of emotional engagement beneficial to patient care. Although usage varies, the term refers to sharing the feelings of another as a means of coming to a direct appreciation of the other. Defined this way, however, empathy may lead to mistaken assumptions and an absence of corrective curiosity: Once we think we understand what another is experiencing, we perceive less need to ask, listen, and learn. We propose the process of “caring” in place of “empathy” to embody the ideal emotional and behavioral approach to patient care. Caring refers to both an emotional reaction to another and the expression of that reaction in action, independent of the sharing of the other’s emotion or experience. The expression of caring in the clinical context is close observation, precise listening, and responsive questioning, in concert with committed engagement and actions directly addressing the patient’s problem, stripped of any assumptions about what the other might or might not be experiencing.
So this is what I am working on.