What if I told you that empathy could cause horrible – even unspeakable – physical and emotional pain?
“But Kim, isn’t empathy the glue that holds relationships together and creates a positive environment for communication?”
Yes, but not all empathy is equal.
In fact, the narcissist uses a very specific kind of empathy as a vessel to get into your head, manipulate your thoughts, and abuse you.
Here’s how it works and why the “narcissist lack of empathy” concept is a farce.
The Different Types of Empathy
Empathy itself can be good or bad – it depends on how the person experiences, interprets, and reacts.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the term as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.”