Pathologically Helpful

I am reading Malcolm Gladwell‘s The Tipping Point. I read that line when Malcolm was talking about Mark Alpert.  He described him on pg. 66.  The line after says – He can’t help himself.  “A Maven is someone who solves his own problems – his own emotional needs – by solving other people’s problems.”

What an interesting identity to take on – the pathologically helpful.

pathological [ˌpæθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl] less commonly, pathologic adj

3. (Psychiatry) Informal compulsively motivated a pathological liar

pathologically adv
help·ful // <![CDATA[// (hlpfl) adj.

Providing assistance; useful.

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