Savior Complex

Many of us in the helping professions

Thrive on the feeling of being needed by others.

It allows us to feel important and significant

And that our lives will have counted for something.

It is also a great reservoir for a self-inflated view of ourselves to fester.

Having spent so much time helping others

It becomes increasingly tempting to resist seeking help for ourselves when we need it.

It’s part of the reason why many clergymen silently wrestle with their own sins, ashamed of the weakness of their own humanity,

Or why doctors often make such terrible patients, or ignore their own ailments, finding it difficult to receive the very help they always give.

It’s important to remember that while the work of many of us does literally save lives we are not immune from needing help and come to terms with the fact that we too need saving ourselves.

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