Empathy: the neglected superpower

People can surprise us. I’d had a bad time at work, a long time ago, and was sharing my story with a male friend. We reminisced and laughed and drank a lot of red wine. “God, Laura” he said, “I feel so guilty about what’s happened to you, your story, it’s so awful” (note it wasn’t really awful, just mildly bad, the kind of boring sexism that most women experience in their working lives).