3 Ways Empathy Can Be Dangerous

By Jonice Webb 


Study after study has shown its surprising power. Empathy can motivate a wife to protect her husband, spur a man to care for his elderly mother, and even reduce the pain of an electric shock. Therapists know that when they can feel a patient’s feelings, it is a healing force for positive change.

Most people would never think of it, but empathy can sometimes go haywire. This best part of the human spirit can turn against us and, unchecked, it can damage both the empathizer and the recipient. Being aware of the risks of empathy-gone-bad is both incredibly important and vastly helpful.

Three Ways Empathy Can Be Dangerous:

  • By being excessive:…
  • By being misdirected….
  • By being too indiscriminate: …