empathy, is it possible to have too much? can empathy be pathological?
keep that question in mind as you read about CHEYA, a pit bull/lab mix available for adoption in FABBtown.
Lab/Pit Bull mix. Very possessive. Finally have her so she will not take off after other animals IF they are leashed. But she will take off after any unleashed animal. I have been drug through parking lots, down stairs, into doors and rockeries. I can not trust her enough to walk her without hurting me. So she lives her life in a small basement apartment and it is not fair to her or me. She needs someone with more time to work with her or land where she can roam and keep others out. This animal was dumped on me several years ago now. At one time a previous owner wanted her back but after three weeks, it was obvious the dog was not happy there. Cheya had ate their carpet and urinated on all furniture. I don't have that problem, but if she can get to furniture stuffing, she will pull it out and eat it. I need to leave for an extended time in August and NO one is willing to dog sit her so I really need her gone before then.
seriously. can empathy be a handicap? do you think it is possible to have too much empathy? or maybe distorted empathy? can an individual have so much empathy that it impairs logic and reason? i don't know but i have been thinking about this question a lot lately. the no kill kooks at the lexus project who file petitions for a stay of execution for a dog that KILLS a human is at the root of the puzzle. the axis 2 cluster B personality disorders are well represented among pit nutters. but i have a problem with absolutes. they can't all be empathy challenged cluster Bs. there has to be other explanations. so i am posing the question here. what do you think? can empathy be a bad thing?