Most people regard highly intelligent people as super humans who have it all figured out simply because their brains can help them in any life situation and they don’t have to struggle with the problems of the ordinary people.
I'm writing you this letter to tell you that I'm leaving you for good. I've been a good woman to you for seven years and I have nothing to show for it. These last two weeks have been hell. Your boss called to tell me that you had quit your job today and that was the last straw.
In sci-fi and fantasy realms, fictional empaths have the ability to detect the feelings of others. And often their findings are, without fail, factual. In that sense, empathy is more cut and dried. But in the real world, empathy is not a superpower.