You’re driving on the highway and notice a car pass you on the left. They’re clearly going over the speed limit, but not extraordinarily so. A short while later, they are pulled over by the police. As you drive by, you have the choice to think one of the following types of reactions to yourself:
Judgmental: Serves them right for speeding!
Sympathetic: Gah, that sucks. I feel sorry for them.
Compassionate: I would feel so embarrassed and worried if I were pulled over. I hope the police treat them fairly. Maybe I should pull over and take a video just in case.
Empathetic: I wonder why they were speeding in the first place. Were they late to pick their children up from school? Did they wake up late and have an important meeting?