Earlier today, I talked to my fiancée about some of the issues I'm currently having with other people. She listened patiently, and then said I can't assume that others are as empathic as I am. I instantly felt better.
It's always good to have such a positive quality recognised, especially by someone we love. Importantly, she not only understood the problem, but how I was affected by it and, in turn, how an aspect of my character was involved. She displayed, maybe without realising it, a great deal of empathy.