HOW DO DOCTORS LET EMOTIONS OFF THE HOOK?
Doctors deal with life and death situations now and then. They feel with their head and not with their heart. The heart is a weakened emotional critter who will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you feel all the things. Whereas, the head is a strong-willed tough nut to crack who will help you think, work things out and help solve major issues in life by bequeathing numerous solutions to one problem at a time. So, doctors use more of their heads and less of their hearts while dealing with patients. Let us delve into their inclination towards emotions.
- MORE OF CONCEIVING, LESS OF PERCEIVING:
Doctors think more by feeling less. The more they think, the better for their patients. They disconnect themselves from the patient’s aura and they only concentrate on treating the disease at hand. Hippocratic Oath states: I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never to injury and wrongdoing. Doctors deliver their level best no matter what.
- SEARING WITH SHAME:
Emotions conquer the better of doctors explicitly when they commit errors. They feel like a showdown between the good and the evil. Their gut instinct is always to hide, but as quoted by Wilkie Collins “nothing in this world has been hidden forever”. On any occasion, the truth will unwrap, and emerge out as a weapon to burn them with shame. The very reason senior clinicians share their stories with interns to prevent them from committing the same kind of error.
- THE KNOCKS:
There are other pressures that doctors have to do with on an everyday basis, like for instance paperwork overload, the burden of time, biological clock-reversal, endurance to bear all kinds of patients and their respective relatives, finances and family pressure. All these factors make them prone to a number of emotional outbursts, stress, and depression but they put up a smiling face every time they face a new patient with a new set of symptoms. They are also liable to alcoholism, smoking and total collapse in terms of energy.
The Jungian Theory comprises of 12 archetypes, out of which one is a caregiver. The wounded healer is a caregiver. His strategy is doing things for others, and his greatest weakness is to agree in being tormented and exploited. Stating a fact, nearly 400 physicians succumb to suicide every year in the USA. Doctors are the wounded healers here and amidst worrying too much about the patients, disturbing their own health, sleep and freedom, they end up ignoring themselves. Self-care is the only solution. Doctors need to engage in meditation, yoga and a firm belief that if they take care of themselves, only then, will they be able to take care of others. They need to switch adverse into absolute, never back down, be tranquil and have an immense amount of conviction because conviction is a comical thing. It shows up when you don’t really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the flying unicorns are slightly contradictory than you imagined. And, it’s unimportant if it’s happy in the future, just that it’s happy now. Look, from time to time, people will overwhelm you and seldom, they will thrill you. Just, use your lungs to take air in and let out! Breathe…😊