The side effects of prolonged exposure to horrible human conditions are:
1. Your circle of friends will change.
Friendship circles change all the time – convenience plays a big part as we have jobs and kids and such so you won’t notice this right away and attribute it to your environmental factors. You may think you are simply becoming more popular and that’s why you have more people in your circle of passion.
The deal is this. You won’t have fewer friends and you won’t start to hate people -causing you to boot them from your heart and sight. You will discover you have more friends. Speaking as someone who is stuck up and hates people : I was not prepared for this. Social work didn’t transform the people in my purview into sparkling , delightful nymphs. Neither did it make me thin, rich, and someone who can tolerate loud music at a party. The change was in my tolerance for the awefullness of other people. Unconsciously, I was peeling their unappealing qualities away and appreciated who they were holistically.
Also, I found myself desiring the company of people who tried harder to benefit others rather than operate on greed. The character strength of lawyers, ministers, and charity workers are more appear companions, also they have similar stories to swap.
2. You will care more.
Bummer. There is no Soul Callous about to firm making you a tougher cookie able to be unaffected by horrors.
3. Politics will start to anger you.
The difference between what "sounds like the right thing to do" and "will help the lives of others without insult" becomes very clear.
Before I was a social worker I was a stuck up "Responsible Republican", absolutely convinces that not only was Reagan "Welfare Queen" real – she was turning my sweet country into her kingdom. I believed that USA knew best for the world, our government system was a one size fits all curative for all societies and poor people were poor because they are bad people and somehow dollars are more attracted to people who deserved them.
The ideal of an Altruistic Politician was my vampire and it burst into flames in the light of day.
4. The Princess Complex.
Classic fairy-tale endings will make you itch.
If I see one more person who is convinced that there is ‘ someone out there with a home and a.fortune just waiting to love them and shield them from the troubles of caring for themselves’, I will scream!