I'm looking for a good way to describe a particular personality trait. The subject in question is a very caring and nurturing person, the kind that seems to always know what you need to hear, good or bad. For current purposes, let's call her Susan.
The normal rules for pr/swr questions at ELU.SE is to provide an example sentence, but I'm not sure how that works here since my intended use is simply:
I would describe Susan as ________.
So instead, I will provide some alternatives that should give potential answer-ers a starting point to provide even better alternatives.
I would describe Susan as a person who takes inspiration and motivation from her own emotions, the emotions of others, and especially her ability to recognize and empathize with the emotions of others.
This says everything and lays it out well, but is a tad verbose. There is nothing inherently wrong with the above version, but I'd like to pare it down a bit if possible.
I would describe Susan as emotional.
Technically, this is a correct usage of the word emotional, but in context it is usually interpreted different. If you say "that was an emotional moment for me" or "I really enjoyed the emotional scenes in the play" then this is what the word emotional means. But when describing a person, most people take it as having extreme and wildly vacillating emotions, which is not at all what I want to convey.
I would describe Susan as an anti-Vulcan.
This could work, and I like the humor in it. I'm not sure everyone will get it though, and whether it gives the full idea I'm going for.
I would describe Susan as perceptive.
While again true, this could also describe a person who simply has really good eyesight. It's a start, but there is more to Susan that this doesn't say.