Dr Bach called them ‘buttonholers’ because they latch onto people, all the time talking at exhaustive length about their problems, great and small, until people begin actively to avoid them. Thus the thing Heather people fear – loneliness – is brought about because of their behaviour.
The heather remedy helps us see our own concerns in the context of other people’s. Having suffered ourselves from the need to talk, we become good listeners.
As a result, people seek us out for our compassion rather than avoiding us because of our self-centredness.
Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter whom it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time.
– The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies