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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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