If you believe you have to Like someone in order to empathise, your version of “empathy”, of recognising others, comes from your sense of whether you like And Value them. That’s a Status judgement. Part of you considers whether someone is worthy of your respect. Worthwhile Empathy. You will have difficulty with interpersonal relationships and your own relationship with yourself.
I just watched the Harry and Meghan documentary. Even though I do not have any interest in the royals, or the couple, my feelings for them were strong. Many of us struggle to cope with the situation. One We get a lot of negative comments on social media and from our families! Harry and Meghan are very visible examples of society’s discomfort with family separation and boundaries. The royals, like many families, are rigid and operate on the basis of tradition and status.
Many families behave dysfunctionally and believe it’s for the good of “everyone”. To be clear, it isn’t. Sure, Certain people benefit, i.e. The with higher status