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Empathy, Sympathy Or Directive When Supporting You Choose


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#31 brobbitt

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 02:04 PM

Well then the empathy is in just noticing the person is in the hole and letting them know you notice...sometimes the greatest empathy is in this..those who attend therapy will know of the silences, the moments when nothing is said and this is a great example for the quote below...

And if you dont feel strong enough then that is OK for you are only human, it will have to wait until you do feel strong again...

Thank you for the question, it drew a small tear from me, I dont know why, but it did?

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QUOTE(hanna-catherine @ May 21 2006, 10:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
what when you see that one in the hole and this brings you so down that you totally don't know what to say. And you really can't help, because the hole is so deep and it is depressing to see that again someone is in there? That you see that one in the whole but that makes you so sad that you are not able to be of help and that you can't help makes you even more sad? Because you feel you actually should help, but you feel not strong enough.


#32 hanna-catherine

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 04:38 PM

yes, but as long as one isn't strong enough the person remains in the hole until one is strong enough or someone else comes for empathy.
It is just this helplessness. sorry to hear it made you shed some tear.

#33 brobbitt

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 04:44 PM

The tear was about how you affirmed my faith in humanity, that you could feel so low yet still be considerate of others...I thought that lovely...

Thankfully there are many here and so someone invariably comes along to help..

Thanks

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QUOTE(hanna-catherine @ May 21 2006, 10:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yes, but as long as one isn't strong enough the person remains in the hole until one is strong enough or someone else comes for empathy.
It is just this helplessness. sorry to hear it made you shed some tear.


#34 hanna-catherine

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 04:54 PM

strange. just thought it rather doesn't affirm faith in humanity at all. because of the separateness. or what if one just would go away and not want to help, because it is just too much? when one hasn't any empathy at all? Because all the feelings are dead?

#35 brobbitt

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 05:31 PM

It struck me that you wanted to help, but found you couldn't...the faith comes from knowing that you wanted to?

I'm in the feelings business and whilst I believe fully that they can be hidden from us (usually to keep us safe), I have great faith that they can never be taken away completely..

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QUOTE(hanna-catherine @ May 21 2006, 10:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
strange. just thought it rather doesn't affirm faith in humanity at all. because of the separateness. or what if one just would go away and not want to help, because it is just too much? when one hasn't any empathy at all? Because all the feelings are dead?


#36 hanna-catherine

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 12:14 AM

I understand - that knowing the person in the hole needs help is the start for everything else.

how can you be so sure that those feelings cannot be taken away?

#37 brobbitt

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 05:35 PM

I can be sure because our feelings are our life spark, the thing that makes us human and different than any other species on the planet... even if you feel numb of feelings at this very moment, the numbness is in itself a feeling, the emptiness is a feeling, they are feelings that mask the ones hidden deep within...



QUOTE(hanna-catherine @ May 22 2006, 06:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I understand - that knowing the person in the hole needs help is the start for everything else.

how can you be so sure that those feelings cannot be taken away?


#38 hanna-catherine

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Posted 26 May 2006 - 10:22 AM

thanks brobbitt.
Maybe I need to remind me of this - that feelings don't get lost.

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 04:25 AM

You all make some interesting points here. The person in the hole has to want your help first. This is what I have learnt. You can reach out your hand as much as you want, but they have to grab it. They have to tell you they are in the hole in the first place otherwise you will never know they are there

This is my thoughts.

#40 brobbitt

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 05:55 AM

Yes, empathy is mostly a response that reflects the situation of the other. One can still look into the hole and empathise with the situation of the person in there though...for this is only human. I guess just by being here we kinda know that people are in the hole...

Brian



QUOTE(whitedove @ Jun 24 2006, 10:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You all make some interesting points here. The person in the hole has to want your help first. This is what I have learnt. You can reach out your hand as much as you want, but they have to grab it. They have to tell you they are in the hole in the first place otherwise you will never know they are there

This is my thoughts.


#41 WindSong

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 08:05 PM

I'm thinking that in a survivors life all 3 can be helpful in guiding you to the point you need to be.

As for me personally being the type "I Can Do It Myself", the empathetic person would be the most helpful. I do not like sympathy so that wouldn't help. Have dealt with directive type people and they only made me "shut down" for some reason?

Definately a thought provoking thread!

#42 whitedove

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 05:41 PM

From my own experience, regarding the hole, some people do not realise they are in the hole in the first place. It is difficult for some who have spent so long in denial about the problem to even recognise the extent of the hole they are in. When they realise the deepness of the hole, it can be frighening and so push others away from helping.

The hole is made deeper, because at times they reach out to others, and then get pushed away in different forms, violently, or silently. Sometimes continuously. Though they keep trying and trying, at times it just becomes like a bottomless pit where the next person that helps them will hurt them anyway - why reach for the hand in the first place if that is the hand that is going to let them fall???

Myself, I have tried to reach for the hand many many times. At times I have received all three responses in different formats. So I keep wondering just when is there going to be someone to help me. I don't know. I think I just need a lot of help because the pit becomes too deep and has gotten a lot lot lot lot deeper this week - so deep I cannot even see the bottom and the bottom truly scares me. The bottom is a nightmare.

My thoughts - probably not the question but how I am honestly feeling today.

Edited by whitedove, 26 June 2006 - 06:00 PM.


#43 brobbitt

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 04:56 AM

"From my own experience, regarding the hole, some people do not realise they are in the hole in the first place. It is difficult for some who have spent so long in denial about the problem to even recognise the extent of the hole they are in. When they realise the deepness of the hole, it can be frighening and so push others away from helping."

How very human :o( For all the hole can be a horrible place to be in, and for all of the pain that results from being within it, sometimes it can feel like a place of safety protecting the inhabitant from the outside world
:o( on this basis why wouldn't one push others away from helping....

"The hole is made deeper, because at times they reach out to others, and then get pushed away in different forms, violently, or silently. Sometimes continuously. Though they keep trying and trying, at times it just becomes like a bottomless pit where the next person that helps them will hurt them anyway - why reach for the hand in the first place if that is the hand that is going to let them fall???"

Its about making the right choices then, trusting that the hand offered is a safe and experienced one and being ready, feeling strong enough, and wanting to take the hand when it is offered... Only the person in the hole can determine if they are ready, anything else is rescueing...

"Myself, I have tried to reach for the hand many many times. At times I have received all three responses in different formats. So I keep wondering just when is there going to be someone to help me."

Maybe actively seeking out that help would make a difference? You may have already done this though and I understand that...

I don't know. I think I just need a lot of help because the pit becomes too deep and has gotten a lot lot lot lot deeper this week - so deep I cannot even see the bottom and the bottom truly scares me. The bottom is a nightmare."

How utterly terrible for you, as I read I felt completely emerged in this dark and scarey place !!

"My thoughts - probably not the question but how I am honestly feeling today."

And in this you are true to your feelings, you do them justice and are true to yourself...it may not feel like it, but there is a great deal of heling in this..

Brian

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 07:14 AM

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I can be sure because our feelings are our life spark, the thing that makes us human and different than any other species on the planet... even if you feel numb of feelings at this very moment, the numbness is in itself a feeling, the emptiness is a feeling, they are feelings that mask the ones hidden deep within...


thanks for that, i think i sometimes forget that numbness and emptiness is in itself a feeling and that they mask the deeper feelings.... i kind of get so absorbed in my immediate feelings that i can't see deeper and i don't know what they mean to me.

Dawn

#45 brobbitt

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 08:05 AM

Hi Dawn,

Hope your well today....

And its ok to feel these things right now, its ok to be yourself in the moment (more than OK),because the numbness sort of and to the most part (I hope) safe, until you are ready to move forward and progress further....

Brian

thanks for that, i think i sometimes forget that numbness and emptiness is in itself a feeling and that they mask the deeper feelings.... i kind of get so absorbed in my immediate feelings that i can't see deeper and i don't know what they mean to me.

Dawn
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