Dr. Tim VanDuivendyk spoke to us about the effects of others’ emotions when we are interpreting in difficult encounters. When we are privy to other peoples’ pain, suffering, and trauma, we are affected. Everyone is affected differently, but we are affected nonetheless.

One strategy for coping with these so-called “emotional germs” is to find an unbiased, non-judgemental listening partner. It is important that this listening partner just let us vent, and will not tell us that he or she understands what we are going through, or offer advice.

It is a cathartic and therapeutic release to simply talk through an emotion.