Thanks for your comments. I’m definitely not an empath. I find it (sometimes extremely) upsetting to know that people are suffering or in pain and I often imagine myself in the same circumstances but most of the time I’ve no idea what other people are feeling or thinking. So usually I’ll only know that somebody is suffering if it’s obvious or if they tell me but once I do know I’ll be likely to feel more compassion/sympathy than is actually useful. You could say I tend to feel for people rather than with them, I think.

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