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