I just don't want to talk about it. Or acknowledge it so..... it might be a lot harder to show men empathy well? In a way we're comfortable with.
And I think one of the biggest problems comes from most people confusing empathy with sympathy. And most people aren't really good at showing empathy- it comes across as sympathy. Or worse, pity.
And that a giant hell no.
But do I want people to understand my sometimes ridiculous, crazy seeming behaviour comes from ptsd? yes. Do I appreciate when people are able to put themselves in my shoes and see world and situation for a moment from my perspective? yes.
I think from your examples @Never_falter2 there's a difference between empathy and sympathy... and then outright pity.
Which would make sense if one is welcome (empathy), one perhaps conditionally like from loved people (sympathy) and one is hell no, annoying (pity, even worse from strangers - like for being HoH.)
I think you have the same word for different concepts in mind ;)
I think, sometimes, they just want the comfort, of someone, who loves them, close by, maybe a hug, maybe an ear that just listens and nods and hears and cares.