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Stopping Invidious comparison
Invidious comparison is comparing oneself to others by race, sex, religion, class. Not only does
it make others feel lesser of themselves it can also make you feel depressed and stressed. How
can we put a stop to this? The first step is to understand and accept differences. No too people
are alike and there will always be someone smarter, stronger, more attractive, thinner, wealthier
or less capable, weaker, less attractive, heavier, and less wealthy. We must acknowledge our
strengths and other strengths and stop dwelling on weaknesses. If you start to compare yourself
to others stop yourself in your tracks. Count what you have and not what you don’t have. Be ok
with imperfection and work on goals to improve yourself.
Strategies to avoid vicarious traumatization
There are always others suffering in the world and as a human service provider we come across this daily.
Some may be worse off than others. Vicarious trauma is the process of change that happens because you
care about other people who have been hurt, and feel committed or responsible to help them. Causes of
this are Exposure to stories of trauma, the desire to help/change survivor’s situation, feeling powerless
when a service provider does not see positive changes in the survivors situations, overly identifying with
survivors, and thinking we have the power to change the survivors situations. Over time this process can

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lead to changes in your psychological, physical, and spiritual well-being (What is Vicarious
traumatization,2012). Strategies to cope or prevent vicarious traumatization are escape, rest, and play.
Escape work; go to the movies, out to dinner with family or a friend. Getting away from it mentally and
physically while not at work is important. Rest, have no goal or timeline on days you are off of work.
Relax get a massage, take a nap, have time to do things you enjoy. Play, engage in activities that make
you happy, laugh and smile. Right now I do not work with clients or know people who are going through
or had gone through trauma. However, when I began to work in the human service field I will use these
strategies.
In my personal life I stay clear from any drama. I also leave my work life at work and home life at
home. I do not like to mix the two. When I do something after work its always with family or a
close friend, because of this I had not experienced vicarious traumatization. When drama goes on
at work, I work in a childcare facility, I try to stay out of it and the gossip that goes along with it.
It can be hard sometimes because its all around me. I work with children and if we see that they
are suffering in anyway and not receiving the proper care we alert DCF and they take it from
there. However I do strongly care about all of my children and are happy to see them every day.
To keep from becoming depressed, and stressed I use three strategies. Escape, rest, and play.
Other strategies to develop
There are many other strategies that I can develop to help deal with vicarious tramization and
preventing it. Sources of stress are lack of confidents, personal sore spots, stress built up,

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