For Eberstadt, who had been immersed in literature examining the social impact of day care, the spectacle of "a distressed ten-year-old, empathizing
with an even more distressed two-year-old," resulted in an epiphany: the most important problem with institutionalized "care" is that children need their parents, particularly their mothers.
, and noticing and applauding every tiny milestone that anyone reaches.
Blank, a longtime leadership consultant, has a "holistic" view of leadership, including skills like listening and empathizing
, as well as directing and inspiring.
What Neshat offers is a dual cultural view, empathizing
with the Iranian situation but privy to American perceptions (and preconceptions) as well.
The book sums up Greenfield's views about Washington, and traces her own mental development from a smug Adlai Stevenson liberal to a more mature and inquisitive person capable of empathizing
with politicians of various political stripes.