I don't know what it is, and I'm slightly worried that it will affect my abilities as a teacher negatively, but I really don't feel that emotionally involved in my job. I compare myself to other teachers at my school, and they all seem very caring, empathetic, mainly the types to cry and hug students when they graduate. I just feel very business like. I don't know what it is, if it's some form of sociopathy or what, but I just don't really feel deep emotional connections to my students, and it just feels to me like a rewarding job. I am always very positive and happy, I don't get involved in the staff quarrels, I stay away from teachers who speak very negatively about the students as a whole, but sometimes when I'm talking to other teachers about a student who I'm having problems with and all they seem to see is a wonderful human being with a halo floating over their heads it frustrates me and makes me feel guilty that I'm not able to see the same student. Anyway, the end of the year arrived, and the teacher across the hall was visited by all of the students, they all hugged her, they all cried, so did the teacher. By comparison, yes it was my first year, but I probably had one or two students drop by and say any meaningful goodbyes. Even last year when I was only teaching for half the year, the students said much more meaningful things to me and wrote notes to me thanking me, but this year there was very little of that. All that was written on my board was "_____ was here." etc. I don't know. I guess I was a little depressed that they were going, but also happy, and a little proud, but nowhere near emotional. I was more concerned with getting my classroom cleaned up. Is this type of attitude a problem? Should I work on being more empathetic? (when people are sad or feeling emotional around me, I have a REALLY hard time sympathizing) Is it a problem that I like my job, but it really is just a job to me and not like a life mission?