Unbalanced empaths can be toxic shits too. Don't fool yourself otherwise. If an empath tries to take over someone else's pain so they dont have to feel it.. or prevent someone from facing the consequences of their actions, that's tipping into co-dependent territory, and that too is tantamount to emotional abuse!. It's not our job to stunt another person's growth. Guiding and supporting is NOT the same as rescuing and interfering. Some people are destined for rock bottom because they NEED it.