Empathetic Boundaries

We can empathize with others without being moved to act.  Not all problems require a solution.  In fact, not all problems have a solution.  Some problems are simply problems.  Even if a solution is available, however, our intervention is not always necessary, advisable, or even desirable.  There are times when merely feeling for someone is … Continue reading Empathetic Boundaries

Respecting Our Emotional Limitations

Life is difficult enough on its own without our taking on other people’s emotional challenges as our own.  We need boundaries.  This is not easy, however, if we are naturally empathetic.  That is, if our own emotional natures tend to be porous, we will find ourselves easily influenced by feelings, both positive and negative, of … Continue reading Respecting Our Emotional Limitations