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There is debate over whether you can learn to be empathetic as many people can come across in their characters as someone who simply doesnt care.
Furthermore, displaying emotion can also be detrimental as appearing flustured or uncertain over decisions can decrease patient confidence and breaking down in front of patients can appear unprofessional.
Therefore there are two (of many) questions we can ask ourselves:
1) Do you find the difference between sympathy and empathy a difficult line to draw?
2) Do you find it difficult to not get emotionally involved in patient's cases?
The BMJ published an article on this subject. It is interesting as the author talks a lot about being able to keep emotions in check in tough situations.