Personal Reflection Paper

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Invidious comparison and vicarious traumatization are two things that most people will experience in their lifetime. I know for I personally have experienced both during my 28 years of life. Invidious comparison and vicarious traumatization can both be damaging to yourself and other people involved. That is why I'd like to take the time to explain a few important topics on invidious comparison and vicarious traumatization, such as; how to stop invidious comparison, identify strategies that I currently use to avoid vicarious traumatization in my personal life, how those strategies will help me avoid vicarious traumatization as a human service worker and what strategies I could develop to avoid it as well.

I myself have compared myself
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Differences and diversity is a beautiful thing and should never be looked at as something negative no matter how different you are.

There was a time in my life when I experienced vicarious traumatization. I got a job at an adult foster care facility and there was and elderly woman that had dementia that I connected with. She could remember things from her past, but nothing from the present. Before she moved into the nursing facility she had recently lost her husband that she had for 50+ year and with her dementia it was very hard for her to remember that he was gone. I worked the night shift and she was wake up multiple times a night crying for him and asking for him and it was absolutely heart wrenching. Her health began to drop, she didn't sleep or eat much because of how devastated she was each time we told her that her husband was gone. I read to her a lot, played games with her, talked to her about her life before moving into the facility (what she could remember) and we connected on a much deeper level than I did with the other individuals that were living there. I began worrying at home about growing old, losing my memory, losing my loved ones, and suffering for the rest of my days. I saw what she was going through and how badly it affected her life. It got me thinking too much about the future and how I was going to deal with all the things she was going through.

In order to avoid vicarious traumatization in the

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