The Empath


The Empath took the path of least resistance,

the tilted head, hand held insistence.


The Princess Di of all things forgiving,

a Mother Teresa for the miserably living,


“I know your pain” she’d caringly intone

as gracefully she glided home.


In interviews and Q & A’s

the impassioned confession, her “Worst of Days”


and then in turn she’d show her heart

upon her sleeve tattooed like art.


The empath knew just how to show

she felt the pain she couldn’t know.


The Self help Books, the Love Yourselves,

her entourage of Help-themselves


the industry of sympathy

narcissistic in simplicity.


The practiced glance that inner glow,

that all those clever empaths know.

◄ How many Monks did the Chinese get?

A Farnham Prayer ►


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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 28th Feb 2019 16:59

Indeed John.

All I could add is that empathy might not be as widespread a human quality as some might think.

There are some cultures/creeds/religions in this world which blatantly stand against it...those anti-human entities which seem to be on the rise.

I distilled this scribble down to an individual identity, but it is more than's about the disappearance of a greater humanity.


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John McDonough

Thu 28th Feb 2019 12:34

To empathise is a very human quality. To recognise, sympathise and understand another's pain or loss is compassion. Your Empath is inhuman and exploitative, praying on the vulnerable in their hour of need for their own gratification. A perverse personification of empathy or where I come from a bit of a c@n$

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 28th Feb 2019 08:16

Thanks Dorothy, Ray and Mae,

the idea of exploiting the ability of empathy is very perverse isn't it Ray. That someone with sensitive insight might utilise such a gift to manipulate others, I wonder in what type of scenario it might be highly valued.

Thinking too much again I suppose, not.


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Mae Foreman

Wed 27th Feb 2019 13:37

It reminds me of those self-appointed preachers and glad glad glad Polyanna-type humdrums that think they have found this inner high and feel the need to share it with others, and even worse force it down their throats.
"Be happy, you can!"
"Sure if you say so, you must know something more about myself than I..."
Preaching glee! It's not human. You are right David. They're either narcissists who see their lives as a live soap opera or frauds that really don't know the half of it. And waltzing around perpetually seeing things in sepia is just not normal.
Disinfectant would be nice!

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Wed 27th Feb 2019 12:49

Hi David. This has shades of Nurse Ratchet about it. Repellent, can't be sprayed away with disinfectant. You have it perfectly described, how this disassociation from true feelings manifests itself. I think there may similiarities in interrogation techniques when a soft word can follow terrible mental torture to break down a person. A scorpio can usually see beyond the apparently obvious!


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Wolfgar Miere

Wed 27th Feb 2019 09:19

Hi Kate,

thanks for checking in and sharing your experience of this type of behaviour.

I know people advise to never explain everything we write and I often feel inclined not to, the problem is I/we are so often misunderstood and it disadvantages us.

So yes, this may not be specifically about real empaths with whom I have no problem, the true empath is gifted with the ability to regulate their responses appropriately.

Rather, this is about those strange individuals who might believe themselves to be empathetic but tend more toward the sociopathic, they are in fact acting out a persona.

These types operate in an exploitative way and repel everything in me.

I think that more or less explains what I'm getting at with this. It's horrible isn't it.

I must go for some brisk and relaxing spring walks next week, get my head straight again and write something not quite so ugly.

Many thanks,


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Dorothy Webb

Wed 27th Feb 2019 08:36

So cynical, why am I reminded of politians?

I am convinced that such people have a note book filled with sympathetic phrases, having chosen the appropiate one and adjusted their face to a sincere expression, they then resume the buisiness of howling and yelling at each other.

synthetic - manufacturerd - emotions, do the really think that we believe them?

Thank you for putting it into words.

Kate G

Wed 27th Feb 2019 08:27

I'm not sure how to read this David. Would love to know the backstory to this. It reminds me of a time, last year, when my Dad was not expected to survive. They sent in a hospital counsellor and I couldn't help but find her demeanor irritating and inauthentic. I know it was her job, poor woman, but the practiced head tilt and soft, whiny voice made something rise in me. I remained composed but it was difficult... Not sure if you were getting at that, but it took me back to the moment.

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