While this disconnected perspective initially reads as cold, readers will soon find themselves empathizing
with Taylor and cheering her on.
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.
For some individuals, empathizing
is stronger than systemizing.
If they need to think about purchases, and a client says, "I'll think it over," empathizing
hurts their ability to help the client make a decision.