THE EMPATH is a recurring character in Star Trek, usually a woman, who has the ability to read the emotions of others, sometimes at great distance. Empath Deanna Troi, for example, is seen as having the seemingly futuristic and alien talent to feel what others feel.
What is truly sci-fi is that almost all humans possess this apparently fantastical ability. Empathy is a true human superpower. Most of us are empaths. Most of us feel for strangers, can read other people’s emotions and can feel other people’s pain. By Albert Nerenberg – See on www.montrealgazette.com