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When it comes to psychology/ being a psychologist what is the best way to deal with other people's emotional baggage, or not letting what they tell you effect you personally

Personally I think It's harder to connect with someone without somewhat sympathizing with what they're saying; it takes a massive toll on my own emotional state and I want to get better at not letting that happen

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Debby’s Answer

Hi Sanaa ~ Clinicians must learn to recognize how they internalize the information they receive from their patients and how it affects their objectivity in treating them. Psychologists are people too and should seek therapy to help them cope with traumatic events described in sessions (when they occur) and adopt coping mechanisms to deal with such information when they arise. Also, psychologists must practice self-awareness and recognize how their biases, beliefs, and values can affect the therapeutic relationship. Regardless of the presenting mental illness or pathology, a psychologist should understand their limitations when patients present with issues they might not be equipped to deal with to maintain objectivity. Above all, practicing self-care is critical in this industry as is setting boundaries.
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Priya’s Answer

Hi Sanaa, this is a tough one. Making sure to make time for YOU, your own self-care and counseling if needed is important. As you get experience, this may get easier, but it may still be difficult. Having personal and professional boundaries can also be a big help.
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Duyum Su’s Answer

Hi Sanaa, First of all, when you study psychology, one's self-awareness and sense of empathy increase a lot. Empathy is essential for a healthy therapeutic relationship in psychotherapy. However, firstly psychologists must go through their own therapy. It is only possible for psychologists to adequately deal with the Client's emotional baggage through their own analysis. Psychologists need to be able to identify their own limitations, prejudices and weaknesses in advance. Psychologists can receive supervision during the session when they have difficulty with coping. You can determine in which subjects you are resistant or not. You need to look at the subjects you have internalized objectively. This is something that can happen over time. I hope i helped you.
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