I Haven't Gotten There (Yet)


Dinah reflects on the story of a colleague who looks back on his career with empathy toward previous patients.

This post originally appeared on Shrink Rap.

A psychiatrist I know is going through a phase-of-life change. It's one you only get to once. He's made the comment that in looking back, he made some mistakes and said some things he shouldn't have to patients who were going through this same phase-of-life change, long before he did. The event of it has made him more empathic to what his patients were feeling, something he didn't comprehend until he was in the same shoes.

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