Journalist’s Lack of Compassion Due to Second-Hand Shock

An NYU professor came under intense criticism for tweeting rude comments about the female journalist who was sexually assaulted in Egypt. He is probably suffering from Second-Hand Shock. As a result of this trauma, he responded in an insensitive and inhumane manner and seriously crossed boundaries as he published his thoughts for thousands to read. This professor of journalism has ironically spent many years covering stories about the plight of many women in the Middle East. Second-Hand Shock is the trauma reaction we can experience when we repeatedly hear trauma content while having to control our empathic response. Journalists suffer from this. Some of its many symptoms include desensitization, lack of compassion, numbness, and difficulty in negotiating professional boundaries. I hope this gentleman gets some counsel for this. In a convoluted way, he is crying for help.

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