I'm an INTJ female also. Though I believe in making the world a better place I don't believe in screwing up my face and looking all concerned and motherly at someone who's having trouble. /shudder/Ahahaha...I scored 32 which was too low to mention on the 'lowest results' table.
One empathy quotient quiz, stated I might be autistic, but I understand people's motives too much for that.
I am not psychopathic, I have strong emotions but they weaken me so I don't chose to use them.
However, I feel like this low level of compassion ostracizes me [internally] rather than feeling like I am a part of the majority. Then again I am an INTJ female....
What is so wrong with having a lack of empathy? I find it rather freeing.
To me, this article is just another ageist stab against teenagers, and a stereotype based on unreliable evidence.
But not everyone only wants advice. I don't think people want others to cry with them to make them feel miserable but to know someone else (could) also feel the same way in the same situation.I cannot grasp how that would help anything, and I can't do it. I like the way I am because I can advise my friends or listen to them vent, if needed, while keeping a level head myself.
No, I know not everyone just wants advice that's why included that sometimes I can just listen to them if they need to be listened to. Sorry if I didn't clearly express that. I see what you mean though about a different approach being perceived as apathy.But not everyone only wants advice. I don't think people want others to cry with them to make them feel miserable but to know someone else (could) also feel the same way in the same situation.
Sometimes someone just wants advice and be done with the situation, sometimes there is the need to just get it out of their heads but knowing your feelings aren't weird or not in line with what others feel is also comforting.
You made the distinction between emotions and cognitionally picking them up, maybe that is what our generation understands and others perceive as apathy while it is really just a different approach.