Compassion Fatigue: Coping with Compassion

Originally published at: https://otaku.geektherapy.com/2020/10/12/compassion-fatigue-coping-with-compassion/

Welcome to Season 2 of Otaku Ryoho! Josue starts the season by talking about how difficult 2020 has been for him, but also for so many of us. In these times, it is likely to many of us have felt overwhelmed not only by our own struggles but by vicariously witnessing the struggles of others in our communities. Josue frames the discussion around the way he experiences compassion fatigue as he watches the protagonist Subaru on the hit series Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World tolerate cyclical forms of suffering. We talk about ways that we have used our creativity as a way to deal with compassion fatigue. Gian talks about how Subaru’s suffering was relatable to his own struggles as a medical student and how his story actually felt more validating than tiring for him.

Talking Points: Compassion Fatigue, Intersectionality, Trauma, Resilience, Loneliness, Journaling, cycles of suffering

Anime Mentioned: Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World, Attack on Titan

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