Writing a fictional story, I have this little beat:
She found her talent there for presenting herself as sympathetic, even though it was completely uncalculated and she wasn’t consciously aware of the effect …
The term in question is ‘sympathetic’. I’m not looking for a synonym. ‘Sympathetic’, referring to a person, typically means ‘one who is compassionate to the feelings of others’. That’s not what I’m trying to say.
What I am trying to say by ‘presenting herself as sympathetic’ is ‘presenting herself as someone who would likely draw sympathy’, not speaking about her capacity to express it.
So it’s the wrong word. I’m stumped. Prof. Google is, too. Can you think of a word? Or a better way to say this?