English Corner

Compassion fatigue

A: I went to the hospital this morning to visit a friend, and was shocked to see how the nurse treated her.
B: Well, that nurse might be suffering from compassion fatigue.
Note: Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress (STS), is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. Sufferers can exhibit several symptoms including hopelessness, a decrease in experiences of pleasure, constant stress and anxiety, sleeplessness or nightmares, and a pervasive negative attitude. Journalism analysts argue that the media has caused widespread compassion fatigue in the society by saturating newspapers and news shows with often decontextualized images and stories of tragedy and suffering. This has caused the public to become cynical, or become resistant to helping people who are suffering.