What is an Empath and Are You One?

An Empath can feel and take on other people’s (both positive and negative) emotions, energy and, or, physical symptoms, and have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others. Empaths are emotional sponges and have a higher sensitivity to outside stimuli such as sounds, crowds, and hectic environments. Empaths are gifted at reading body language and energy and have the intuitive gift of Clairempathy.

An Empath is similar to being an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), however HSPs don’t absorb the thoughts and emotions of others and don’t get the same hunches that empaths do. Most empaths fall into the category of HSP, but not all HSPs are empaths.

It can be hard to navigate as an Empath in today’s world. Many empaths may experience things like panic attacks, depression and/or chronic fatigue. If not careful, they can binge on things like food, drugs or alcohol, and more likely than not, Empaths can exhibit many other physical symptoms that defy traditional diagnosis in the field of western medicine. When I first discovered that I was an Empath, I found it challenging to find information on the topic, as well as to connect with others who could assist me.

Do you have any of these Empath traits? If so, how many?

  • You are a problem solver
  • You are drained by negative people, crowds or busy places
  • You are drawn to holistic, metaphysical or naturopathic solutions and remedies
  • You are highly creative and/or have an extremely rich imagination
  • You are more aware of suffering in the world than others
  • You can feel things before they happen
  • You can see things from many points of view
  • You can sense the “vibe” in a room or feel the “atmosphere” around you
  • You desire quiet time, peace and solitude
  • You don’t like a hectic environment or to be rushed
  • You don’t like conflict
  • You feel drawn to help others
  • You feel like you don’t fit in
  • You feel people’s energy more than listen to their words
  • You feel sick or shaky around certain people
  • You feel the emotions of others
  • You feel the illnesses, aching, pains or physical symptoms of others when you are near them
  • You feel the need to support those who you see as being intimidated, bullied or who are suffering
  • You find crowds to be overwhelming
  • You find it hard to be around clutter
  • You find it hard to watch violence or tragedy on television, in movies or on the news
  • You find strict guidelines, procedures, and regimens to be stifling
  • You find that people, even strangers, come to you to divulge their life issues and problems or ask you for advice
  • You have a calming effect on other people
  • You have a deep connection and love of animals
  • You have a hard time around inauthentic people
  • You have a hard time making eye contact with fake people
  • You have a high sensitivity to bright lights, sounds, smells, or other sensations
  • You have a keen eye for beauty where others don’t see it
  • You have experienced sudden, overwhelming emotions when you’re in public
  • You loathe dishonesty and have a deep desire for truth
  • You need time to recharge
  • You notice that weather affects your mood
  • You sense when someone is not telling the truth or when you are getting partial truth.
  • You take comfort in nature
  • You take on the energy of others
  • You tend to isolate yourself
  • Your intuition is very accurate
  • You feel a deep need to make the world a better place.

Supposedly only 1 to 2 percent of the population are Emapths and they bring a lot of heart and care to the world and feel things very deeply. It is important for an Empath to learn how to protect their own energy, how to re-charge, and how to practice self-care as they navigate in today’s world. Below are some Empath-related resources that I found to be helpful when I discovered that I was an Empath:

Judith Orloff MD – Orloff is the NY Times bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, Thriving as an Empath, and Emotional Freedom. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath and intuitive healer, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty.

By Yvonne Perry – Whose Stuff Is This?: Finding Freedom from the Negative Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those Around You

By Julie B. Rosenshein – Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child: A Guide for Parents & Caregivers of ADHD, Indigo and Highly Sensitive Children

I have a private Facebook Group that connects Empaths, and those who have family members who are Empaths. If you are looking for more resources, or to connect with more like-minded people, consider joining: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EmpathandSpiritualAwakeningSelfHelpGroup/

I also have some helpful tips on Pinterest that you can view here: https://www.pinterest.com/AmberBytner_Hogan/being-an-empath-clairempathy-traits-protection-ema/

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