Very interesting topic, Big Bend. I have empathy also, consider it a positive, but it is not unfettered. I involve when it's a genuine soul, but smell bullcrap a mile away. Keeps me from wasting time or worse, being drug into a dark cave. What you didn't mention is what impact you've had on those damaged souls you've attracted? Did you help to improve their lot in some way? Reading your post I would deduce that the toll on you far exceeds the reward. Regardless, that is how I look at things. I give everybody an opportunity, the first interview. Only the genuine get further.