Talk:Compassion fatigue

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Hello everyone working on this page. Would it be alright for me to make some additions possibly. I am new to Wikipedia and am a student. I am working on a class project, and wanted to check in before changing or adding things. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SJP-Chaudhary (talkcontribs) 04:49, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for asking, but you don't have to. Go ahead, and be bold! --Robert Daoust (talk) 15:47, 28 November 2011 (UTC)


What's an animal giver? It's is listed in the professionals at risk section at the end of the article. Jane Bond (talk) 22:28, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

An animal giver is someone that works in an animal shelter,rescue ect (Dirrtypittie (talk) 02:49, 27 July 2008 (UTC))

It should be "animal care" workers. Also, all links to the PDF from St. Petersburg Bar Association Magazine. Retrieved 2007-02, are no longer working. They point to a scammy website. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:03, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

The defintion of compassion fatigue is inconsistent with the literature. Wikipedia defined burnout rather than compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is very similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) except the recipient experienced the trauma indirectly (e.g., after hearing about somebody else's traumatic experience) instead of directly. (talk) 17:45, 23 June 2009 (UTC) D.L. Messervey, PhD

Missing citations[edit]

Is this needed? All of the facts I have stated here I know to be true and did not need any research. Or would are citations needed to provide evidence to to others?

Country Captain Chicken 15:46, 23 May 2006 (UTC)

I've done a little trimming: I think that this article needs a lot of work before it meets WP:VERIFY and WP:NPOV. -- The Anome 16:21, 23 May 2006 (UTC)
Yes, citations/references are needed. -- backburner001 16:32, 23 May 2006 (UTC)

That seems to have got the ball rolling: thank you, fellow contributors! Now, this article needs a thorough rewrite, and supporting refs for all the assertions, and soon we may have a good start for a proper article on this subject. -- The Anome 12:53, 24 May 2006 (UTC)

Parts of this article seem to have been copied word for word from the website article "Compassion Fatigue: An Introduction" by Charles R. Figley so it will need to be rewritten. BoundaryRider (talk) 00:59, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Some copy editing, but a lot needs to be done.[edit]

This article is interesting. I've done some copy editing, basically reducing the number of categories and sub-categories, a number of which were unwarranted.

Clearly, someone who has a systematic break-down of this problem ought to be doing some work on it. As it stands, the article, factually speaking, is floating on nothing but air. More hard facts and systematic analysis are needed.

Good luck. Cheers, --MILH 01:39, 25 May 2006 (UTC)

Why the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake reference?[edit]

Why are we refering to the 2004 earthquake when the term and the phenomenon clearly predate this? Either the second paragraph should be excised or it should follow the third paragraph on usuage of the term in the 90's. Maybe something like:

  • "Compassion fatigue" was first used in the early 90's by news media in the United States to describe the public's lack of patience (cite BTW). Later it was used to describe international response to large scale disasters or conflicts like (oh, I seem to recall it in reference to Somalia and the Congo in the 90's, 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, etc)."

As it stands, the earthquake references appear out of place. And of course, everything is uncited. -- KarlHallowell 20:04, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

I think it should be deleted - the term has been in popular usage before this - e.g. it appears in the lyrics to Midnight Oil's "Say Your Prayers", which was released in 2000. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:27, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

Differentiating between burnout and cynicism[edit]

I think there needs to be some differentiation between the media/public usage(s) of the concept of compassion fatigue (vs. the individual ones); it sounds more like cynicism, rather than depression/hopelessness/etc. Historian932 (talk) 07:03, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Compassion fatigue in charitable giving[edit]

The current article section seems to take into account only domestic donating (mainly inside the U.S.), while the term actually seems to apply a lot more to donations to be used in other countries. When there's no simple overall narrative (i.e. single natural disaster or comprehensible catastrophe) to explain a humanitarian situation, and people instead perceive that the situation was created by convoluted politics between many opposing groups -- or when people don't have a feeling that their donations will help in restoring the situation to some kind of relative normality, but instead will be used for long-term subsistence maintenance of those displaced or impoverished by ongoing political disputes -- then donations for relief in foreign countries often fall off... AnonMoos (talk) 22:30, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

3 wrong links[edit]

Please, check these advertises links Number 1, 2 and 10 with former links inscriptions. Seems to be commercial malevolence... --Schnäggli (talk) 09:54, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Disaster pornography?[edit]

Redirects to this page, but "disaster pornography" isn't mentioned in the article or the talk page. So, what's the connection? MonoTrouble (talk) 21:48, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

You are quite right, and I changed the redirect. Lova Falk talk 09:01, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

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New neuroscientist research suggests another look onto it[edit]

Recent neuroscientific studies suggest that it is empathy that leads to fatigue and not compassion. Contrary, compassion can prevent fatigue and burnout. I amended the article accordingly. For academic sources see:

1) Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World, author= M. Ricard, chapter IV, chapter-url:, pages=56–64, year=2015, publisher: Brown and Company, isbn: 978-0316208246 and here:
2) Differential pattern of functional brain plasticity after compassion and empathy training, Olga M. Klimecki, Susanne Leiberg, Matthieu Ricard, and Tania Singer, Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Kt66 (talk) 15:31, 31 August 2016 (UTC)

Compassion minus Empathy = Sympathy = Passive Compassion. 👌 Good link. (talk) 13:43, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

Planned Additions to This Article[edit]

Hello! I am a nursing student looking to add to/edit an article on Wikipedia based on current evidence based practice. This is my current plan:

-There are many direct quotes, some even paragraphs long, that I will edit and condense to make it more encyclopedic

-Some statements are not cited that need to be so I will look for citations/put in "citation needed".

-Addition of research regarding resiliency training for nurses to prevent compassion fatigue and help combat current fatigue. My source: Potter, P., Pion, S., & Gentry, J. E. (2015). Compassion fatigue resiliency training: The experience of facilitators. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 46(2), 83-88. doi: This trains nurses to adopt self-regulation, intentionality, perceptual maturation, connection, and self-care.

-Defining some of the consequences of compassion fatigue in the health care setting, including an inability to engage in an empathetic relationship, which impedes the health care professional from establishing a trusting relationship, along with the physical and psychological effects. My source: Sorenson, Claire, PhD,R.N.C.-N.I.C., C.C.R.N., Bolick, Beth, DNP, ARNP, PPCNP-BC,C.P.N.P.-A.C., F.A.A.N., Wright, Karen,PhD., N.N.P.-B.C., & Hamilton, Rebekah, PhD, RN,C.N.L., F.A.A.N. (2017). An evolutionary concept analysis of compassion fatigue. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 49(5), 557-563. doi: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Williann1 (talkcontribs) 16:52, 2 December 2017 (UTC)

Underrepresentation of other occupations[edit]

I noticed in reading this article that the section on how different healthcare professionals experience compassion fatigue is quite lengthy. This is great, but the section on lawyers is so much shorter it seems like underrepresentation. I would also like to suggest that other occupations be discussed as well such as law enforcement or social workers. Fallingskies17 (talk) 01:52, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

Compassion fatigue and Vicarious traumatization[edit]

I cannot distinguish Vicarious traumatization from Compassion fatigue, in a sense where they would be 2 naturally distinct phenomena. Rather, I tend to think that researchers of 2 domains identified more or less the same phenomenon, let us call it Helper Traumatism, which led two 2 different names.

Would it be possible to regroup those 2 articles into a single one with an appropriate name? (Helper Traumatism would be my initial choice.) With appropriate redirects. And with, if needed, specialised article sections to present the studies and results made under the 2 names. (I posted this question in the talk pages of both present articles.) denis 'spir' (talk) 08:16, 16 February 2018 (UTC)