I put my laughing aside for a moment and look at “how it appears”. I don’t actually “feel” all the feels I’m supposed to feel, but I intellectually understand part of where they’re coming from.
I think you know how already, it’s just putting it into more practice.
Usually if someone isn’t empathizing, they’re either mocking or being Super Rational.
” I had no idea what to say so I just stood there and took it” – that’s exactly the right response.
Pat on the back, wait ’til they’re done, then ask if you want to do something together. That’s about all you can do
Correlation isn’t (always) causation but from 14 to 42 chapters since Trump’s inauguration, while gun sales overall dropped, means there’s “something different” that caused the rise in chapters.