Following is a quote from Dr. Don Friedman’s outstanding article, “Physician as Wounded Healer”, with a link to the complete article.
“…So what are the wounds that can affect the wounded healer, and how can they contribute to the healing process? First of all, everyone is wounded in some way, and that includes physicians. There may be past physical or emotional traumas, illnesses that are physical or mental or both, difficult events or situations, losses of significant relationships, burdens, betrayals of trust, addictions, obstacles to overcome. Any of these wounds can be a source of great knowledge and wisdom to the person suffering them. They may also be a springboard from which that person can move on to new levels of insight and a more meaningful and vibrant life. Our wounds can teach us about ourselves and can also help us heal ourselves through self-acceptance and compassion….”