During a conversation between friends last Thursday, Sasha Franz mistakenly claimed to know exactly how Evie Clarke feels, when Franz was mistakenly thinking about her own feelings.
“I was talking to Sasha about how my best friend and I have been getting into a lot of little arguments lately,” said Clarke. “And she immediately said she related, comparing it to a problem she’s had with her mom.”
“I have no problem talking about Sasha’s mom with her,” Clarke continued. “But it feels like she’s not really listening when she immediately couches things in terms of her own unrelated experiences with no further analysis.”
Franz, however, saw things differently.
“When Evie mentioned arguing with their best friend, I was like okay, I fully know exactly how they feel,” said Franz who has been contemplating what she feels about a personal and distinct situation with her mother.
“I recently went home, and as soon as I got there my mom and I started arguing about arbitrary things incessantly,” Franz added. “Maybe I was trying to sabotage my time there to convince myself that living far away isn’t a bad thing. Wow, that is a huge breakthrough, maybe this will help Evie with their thing,” she said, not remembering any of the specifics of Evie’s friend issue.
Sources close to the story confirm it will not help Clarke with their thing because it is very unique to Franz’s completely different situation and her feelings toward it.
“When Evie started to explain their problem it was like an ESP friendship moment,” Franz said sweetly and erroneously. “I said: Stop right there, I know exactly how you feel.”
With the two parties having such different perceptions of the same event, we asked an expert to weigh in on what, exactly, Franz and Clarke were feeling.
“Based on my third-party analysis,” said behavioral scientist Dr. Reba Jackson, “Sasha seems to be mistaking her in-depth knowledge of her own feelings for an understanding of Evie’s.”
“This is not an uncommon phenomenon of human behavior due to the fact thinking about yourself is easier than actually trying to understand another person and have genuine empathy,” Dr. Jackson continued. “God, this is exactly like that thing with my husband last night.”
No one is expected to know how anyone else is feeling any time soon.