I have a character who is extremely empathetic but I myself have never been able to empathize and had to be taught how to read body language from a very young age. I find trying to derive peoples emotional states by watching their motions about as about as exhausting and emotionally engaging as deriving equations and proofs in calculus. I normally stick to unempathetic archetypes, but because I apparently like to cause myself mental pain and anguish, I decided, f*ck it, I'm writing a normal person. And not just any normal person, no. The most normal person. The most stereotypically feminine normal person who cares about what people are thinking, who thinks about what people are thinking and tries to make them think only nice, sweet happy things. Someone who tries their darnedest to make people happy even if those people are jerks because... I dunno. That's what people do? It makes they happy or not depressed or something like that? I've asked people and they all describe some kind of emotional journey type thing and all I can think is it all sound like a very bad trip or a drug addiction. Anyway. I wanted to challenge myself and understand most people better or something so I'm actually going to try and do a good job and research the topic fully so I can describe it realistically. So if you have empathy could you please describe how it effects your decision making process, how you form options and descriptions of other people (for reference I tend to stick to an agnostic approach, deductive if I'm actually trying) what empathy even feels like, what motivates you to engage it, how it changes your motives/world view and can someone just generally tell me how the heck you realistically write a character with an excess of it? From first person present tense specifically because that's how the rest of the book is written.