There’s only so much empathy to go around, but it’s possible to achieve economies of sorts.

There are some meanings for to go around:

  • visit a person/place
  • how someone behaves/dresses
  • be given/told to people
  • spend time with someone
  • be enough for everyone
  • move in a circle

I don't understand which one is better.

So, Could you explain it to me? Could you please tell me what the sentence means?

The fuller text is here:

Make it less of a sacrifice

Our mindsets can either intensify or lessen our susceptibility to empathy overload. For example, we exacerbate the zero-sum problem when we assume that our own interests and others’ are fundamentally opposed. (This often happens in deal making, when parties with different positions on an issue get stuck because they’re obsessed with the gap between them.) An adversarial mindset not only prevents us from understanding and responding to the other party but also makes us feel as though we’ve “lost” when we don’t get our way. We can avoid burnout by seeking integrative solutions that serve both sides’ interests. Take this example: A salary negotiation between a hiring manager and a promising candidate will be come a tug-of-war contest if they have different numbers in mind and fi xate on the money alone. But let’s suppose that the candidate actually cares more about job security, and the manager is keenly interested in avoiding turnover. Building security into the contract would be a win-win: an empathic act by the manager that wouldn’t drain his empathy reserves the way making a concession on salary would, because keeping new hires around is in line with his own desires. There’s only so much empathy to go around, but it’s possible to achieve economies of sorts. By asking questions instead of letting assumptions go unchecked, you can bring such solutions to the surface.

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You've actually got it spot on in one of your definitions:

be enough for everyone


There is only so much empathy for everyone to share.

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