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Appropriate Behavior Of Doctors To Patients

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Throughout professional jobs dealing with medicine or humans in general like doctors, clinical psychologists or physical therapists, the main question is how much empathy or compassion, for example a doctor should have toward his/her patients? There are a lot of speculations toward this. Some people say that there is no time for empathy and should just get down to the facts at hand. For example, general doctors that do not specify in a certain area usually see a multitude of patients in a day, so they only have a set time they can interact with their patients. As a result, some believe that set time should be used to tell the facts of test results or the outcome for why the patients came in the first place. Doctors and professional jobs dealing with humans in general should have empathy toward their patients.
There is research that supports against just talking about the facts to patients and having empathy toward them instead. According to Daniel Goleman (2013), author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, explains that doctors of medicine who get sued for misconduct in the United States “generally make no more medical errors than those who are not sued. The main difference…often comes down to the tenor of the doctor-patient relationship. Those who are sued, it turns out, have fewer signs of emotional rapport” (p. 109). This means doctors that were sued may not have listened to their patients nor had a close relationship with their patients so the patients did not feel comforted and understood but just another number in that doctor’s file. However, this should not mean that the only reason to have empathy and compassion toward your patients is to not get sued, but having empathy toward a person like a patient can have the ability to “ connect with patients-in a deep sense, to listen, to pay attention-lies at the heart of medical practice,” which in my perspective is the true goal. For example, linking this to the Ted videos I watched for my Careers in Psychology class, according to speaker Joan Halifax (2010) explains that compassion can have many faces which means many emotions comes alive with compassion. For example, when people see those ASPA commercials to help the animals, some may feel sympathy to give a helping hand and donate while others may be just feel pity for what the animals have gone through. She also says that love and compassion are necessary because it is an inborn trait, but it's all about how one uses it (Halifax, 2010). For example, if a doctor shows compassion by using nonverbal cues to a terminally ill patient then even if that individual knows that he/she is dying the individual knows based on that doctor showing compassion and love toward that patient, then that patient knows that the doctor has empathy towards the patient and understand that patient struggle. To further support this, another Ted video I watched was by speaker Jane McGonigal and her speech was about this video game she designed. The most...

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