People who help for a living often overlook potential hazards. Many of these occur from energetic information exchange that is part of the interpersonal field. For instance, just listening to someone describe a traumatic experience can generate vicarious trauma, as the listener imagines too deeply what that experience would actually be like. If they have unhealed similar trauma of their own, they can have an unconscious attractor or opening for this information to take root. This is indicative of a lack of energetic boundaries, something that can be installed with proper assistance. Helping doesn’t have to be depleting or traumatizing, even if it is burning off old karma.
Posted by Howard Brockman, LCSW
March 12, 2012