Ok, let’s see....
why would an HPS character not empathise well with a character in a timelock crunch?
Let’s break it down.
Those who can but don’t:
Immaturity. Age. Lack of experience. Lack of effort. Laziness. Too self-absorbed. Too arrogant. Controlling. Hypocrit. Nag. Attention-seeker. Take your pick. Great versatile bunch for comedy, drama, thriller, action.
Then you get the ones who can’t empathise: the narcissitic psycho. Great for horror genre.
The ones who pretend to empathise: Manipulative purposes which is great for a psycho-thriller.
ooh, then you get the ones who refuse and just won’t: usually motivated by revenge, bitterness or resentment. Long suffering partner. Great drama.
Then you have the bunch who don’t have the capacity because they’re plate is all filled-up...illness, mental or physical conditions, over-burdened. Family drama is good here.
The list can go on....but I’ll stop there.
I don’t know if I am answering anything for you, but I hope so