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Empathy, Sympathy, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Compassion, Pity and Mirror Synaesthesia

Empathy, sympathy, compassion, pity and now: mirror synaesthesia. I’m confused. As healthcare professionals, we are told the gold standard is empathy when it comes to understanding those in our care, yet what does this really mean? And, is it actually a genuine emotion or an aspiration? Or, perhaps even a convenient fiction? How do I know if I’m being empathetic and not simply deluding myself and doing nothing more than projecting my own emotions and assumptions onto my patients? And then there is the new kid on the block, mirror synaesthesia, which is akin to empathy on steroids, and might just be pseudoscience… How do you feel about this? Me? I’m really confused. So, in this episode, we’re going to explore the underlying assumptions that inform these concepts and separate what’s grounded in evidence, and what’s based in wishful thinking.

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Duration: 32 mintues

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(2016) Episode 1: Let’s Talk About (Your Favourite) Drugs
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(2016) Episode 2: The Sorrow and Woes of Night Duty
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(2016) Episode 3: The Nurses’ Health Study
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(2016) Episode 4: Tales of the Guinea Pig Club
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(2016) Episode 5: What Happens When the Wolf Comes Home With You?
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(2016) Episode 6: Why do Incompetent Staff Always Get Promoted?
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(2016) Episode 7: How Hard is it to Get Onto a Graduate Nurse Program?
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(2016) Episode 8: How to Make the Nursing Profession Disappear
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(2016) Episode 9: Doctor Google has Arrived: What does this Mean for the Nursing Profession?
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(2016) Episode 10: My Extraordinary Life: In the Deep End With Graduate Nurses
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(2016) Episode 11: How Much is a Nurse Worth?
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(2016) Episode 12: Why I Think Nursing is the Most Unreasonable Job… Ever!
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(2016) Episode 14: Are You Prepared to End Someone’s Life?
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(2016) Episode 16: Ten Ordinary Nurses Who Were Simply… Extraordinary!
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(2017) Episode 17: The Killer Beside Me
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Empathy, Sympathy, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Compassion, Pity and Mirror Synaesthesia
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