Compartmentalised empathy - how to support others without losing yourself
I have suffered from mental health issues since the age of 13, and it has therefore been an ever present companion throughout my career. One of the things I have always struggled with is feeling too deeply, and trying to help others to the detriment of myself. As I took on more leadership roles, I realised that what I had once considered a superpower was no longer sustainable. So I started practising a CBT technique taught to me by my therapist. I christened this technique “compartmentalised empathy”, and I use it to help my colleagues and mentees improve themselves within their careers, whilst still maintaining my own mental wellbeing.