Compassion Satisfaction/Fatigue Self Test for Helpers

Helping others puts you in direct contact with other people’s lives. As you probably have experienced, your compassion for those you help has both positive and negative aspects. This self-test helps you estimate your compassion status: How much at risk you are of burnout and compassion fatigue and also the degree of satisfaction with your helping others. Consider each of the following characteristics about you and your current situation. Write in the number that honestly reflects how frequently you experienced these characteristics in the last week. Then follow the scoring directions at the end of the self-test.


1 2 3 4 5
Never Rarely A Few Times Somewhat



Very Often

1.I am happy.
2.I find my life satisfying.
3.I have beliefs that sustain me.
4.I feel estranged from others.
5.I find that I learn new things from those I care for.
6.I force myself to avoid certain thoughts or feelings that remind me of a frightening experience.
7.I find myself avoiding certain activities or situations because they remind me of a frightening experience.
8.I have gaps in my memory about frightening events.
9.I feel connected to others.
10.I feel calm.
11.I believe that I have a good balance between my work and my free time.
12.I have difficulty falling or staying asleep.
13.I have outbursts of anger or irritability with little provocation.
14.I am the person I always wanted to be.
15.I startle easily.
16.While working with a victim, I thought about violence against the perpetrator.
17.I am a sensitive person.
18.I have flashbacks connected to those I help.
19.I have good peer support when I need to work through a highly stressful experience.
20.I have had firsthand experience with traumatic events in my adult life.
21.I have had firsthand experience with traumatic events in my childhood.
22.I think that I need to “work through” a traumatic experience in my life.
23.I think that I need more close friends.
24.I think that there is no one to talk with about highly stressful experiences.
25.I have concluded that I work too hard for my own good.
26.Working with those I help brings me a great deal of satisfaction.
27.I feel invigorated after working with those I help.
28.I am frightened of things a person I helped has said or done to me.
29.I experience troubling dreams similar to those I help.
30.I have happy thoughts about those I help and how I could help them.
31.I have experienced intrusive thoughts of times with difficult people I helped.
32.I have suddenly and involuntarily recalled a frightening experience while working with a person I helped.
33.I am preoccupied with more than one person I help.
34.I am losing sleep over a person I help with traumatic experiences.
35.I have joyful feelings about how I can help the victims I work with.
36.I think that I might have been “infected” by the traumatic stress of those I help.
37.I think that I might be positively “inoculated” by the traumatic stress of those I help.
38.I remind myself to be less concerned about the well-being of those I help.
39.I have felt trapped by my work as a helper.
40.I have a sense of hopelessness associated with working with those I help.
41.I have felt “on edge” about various things, and I attribute this to working with certain people I help.
42.I wish that I could avoid working with some people I help.
43.Some people I help are particularly enjoyable to work with.
44.I have been in danger working with people I help.
45.I feel that some people I help dislike me personally.
46.I like my work as a helper.
47.I feel like I have the tools and resources that I need to do my work as a helper.
48.I have felt weak, tired, run-down as a result of my work as a helper.
49.I have felt depressed as a result of my work as a helper.
50.I have thoughts that I am a “success” as a helper.
51.I am unsuccessful at separating helping from personal life.
52.I enjoy my coworkers.
53.I depend on my coworkers to help me when I need it.
54.My coworkers can depend on me for help when they need it.
55.I trust my coworkers.
56.I feel little compassion toward most of my coworkers.
57.I am pleased with how I am able to keep up with helping technology.
58.I feel I am working more for the money/prestige than for personal fulfillment.
59.Although I have to do paperwork that I don’t like, I still have time to work with those I help.
60.I find it difficult to separate my personal life from my helper life.
61.I am pleased with how I am able to keep up with helping techniques and protocols.
62.I have a sense of worthlessness/disillusionment/resentment associated with my role as a helper.
63.I have thoughts that I am a “failure” as a helper.
64.I have thoughts that I am not succeeding at achieving my life goals.
65.I have to deal with bureaucratic, unimportant tasks in my work as a helper.
66.I plan to be a helper for a long time

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شكرا لكم على هذا المقياس المميز والذي سيعمل على رفع درجة الوعي لدي فيما يتعلق تحديدا باجهاد التعاطف المفرط

كان كتير ملفت بالنسبة لي نتائج كل الاحتراق النفسي 25 واجهاد التعاطف المفرط 85 ,والرضا عن التعاطف 35.
فسؤالي كيف ممكن يكون الاحتراق النفسي واعراض الصدمة الثانوية لدي من خفض رغم انهم الطريق للوصول لاجهاد التعاطف المفرط.

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