Roos Schlikker: Showing empathy means having guts


“Showing empathy means having guts. Guts to look beyond what you see in front of you. To be open to the vulnerabilities of each other. And your own.”

Roos Schlikker started her career in financial journalism at a time when the words “I” were taboo and writing about personal vulnerabilities was a mortal sin. After a few years, she was exhausted and started working as a freelancer. She has since become a widely known columnist, specifically because she dares to write about what hurts. In addition to writing columns, Schlikker also writes scenarios and books. Her very autobiographical book “Mother of Glass” was published last year, in which she writes very frankly about what she kept hidden for half her life: her mother’s psychiatric disorder. And how madness is often closer than you think.