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After Robin Williams’ and Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s suicides, I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy. How much is too much, how much is just enough, and are people who don’t feel it happier than those who do?
We all agree, I think, that actors (and writers) couldn’t do their job without an abundance of the trait. They must put themselves in other people’s shoes constantly, and this, I believe, also accounts for the high rates of depression, drug use and addiction among these creative groups, particularly in today’s world, when we’re deluged with horror stories from dawn to dusk. Read more