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The Many Hats We Wear: The Ways In Which We De-Prioritize Ourselves

The Many Hats We Wear: The Ways In Which We De-Prioritize Ourselves
  As physicians, we tend to prioritize everyone else before ourselves. This is a long-standing problem that began probably even before we hit medical school. The personality type that goes into medicine is typically a caretaker. It then makes complete sense that once we get into medical school that we will fall right in line, prioritizing career, prioritizing other patients, prioritizing everything and everyone but our own well-being. It doesn’t end there, residency bring a whole other dimension of self neglect; and we think, if I can just get out of residency things will return to “normal”.  However, once you're...
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Reading the signs: What your unconscious mind is telling you that your conscious mind doesn't want to admit A Spiritual Call for Physicians

Reading the signs: What your unconscious mind is telling you that your conscious mind doesn't want to admit
A Spiritual Call for Physicians
The prime directive of the unconscious mind is to protect the body, and it will signal us when we are off track. The question is how often do we actually listen to what our bodies and our environment is telling us. As physicians we have been trained since medical school to ignore our bodies…the urge to pee, the need to sleep, the hunger to eat.  Some of us ignore when we are ill or (in my case post surgical and recommended to stay off for a week).   It is so ingrained to put patients (and everyone else) first, that listening to...
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How committed are you to your suffering?

How committed are you to your suffering?
  There's a well-known saying, "pain is in evitable, but suffering is optional". However, some people thrive inside of complain. And when presented with potential solutions to their problem, they argue every reason why the solution is invalid. Sounds familiar? You may know people who do this, and you yourself (if completely honest) may know that you were one of these people. When people complain about the same thing over and over again and never take action, I like to say that they are committed to their suffering. There can be many reasons why people are committed to there suffering,...
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