Empathy: a virtue and a curse

But there are also some kids, like me, who actually had maybe a bit too much empathy, and needed to be told their feelings were just as important as everybody else’s. Refer to my mother for early stories of my sensitivity: when Billie Piper and David Tennant got split up on Doctor Who I barely stopped crying for two whole days…

Don’t get me wrong, empathy is more than a virtue – it’s indispensable. But so is expecting that people will take responsibility for their actions. Alongside your circumstances, and beneath your mental illness or your parents’ divorce, is your character. And that character resides within the choices you make.

by Emily Bailey-Page