How can I be less empathetic?
April 11, 2006 5:10 PM Subscribe
How do I become LESS empathetic?
posted by 235w103 to human relations (36 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a problem with being overly empathetic. It's very difficult for me to watch films or read books in which awkward situations are portrayed, to the point where I've been unable to finish several such pieces. On the subway, if I am within earshot of people arguing, or even talking loudly, I become extremely stressed. When talking to others, I constantly second-guess what I'm saying, and often fear I have offended someone only to find that they a) didn't even notice what I thought was offensive, and b) didn't find it offensive even when I told them.
How can I be more relaxed about such encounters?