Wow, thank you for sharing this response! I’ve long suspected that some people who identify as empathic but can be kinda unintentionally hurtful have something going on similar to what you describe here! I think it can be a sensible reaction to be with emotional abuse or childhood trauma backgrounds as well…I’m so glad you reflected on where your empathy wasn’t working, and found alternative ways of relating to people and their emotions. That is badass. Learned a lot from reading this, thank you!