What Is An Empath?

An empath is a person highly attuned to the feelings and emotions of those around them. Their ability to discern what others are feeling goes beyond empathy (defined simply as the ability to understand the feelings of others) and extends to actually taking those feelings on; feeling what another person is feeling at a deep emotional level. There are 11 signs of being an empath:

1. You’ve been told you’re moody.

Probably because…you are. If you’re an emotional chameleon, your colors have the capacity to change rapidly.

2. You’ve been known as the “peacemaker” among your friends and family.

Bad energy is especially draining for you, so you will do what you can to keep the peace. Plus, since you’re in tune with others’ emotions, you’re probably a pretty good mediator.

3. You’re not one for big, loud, or busy public spaces.

If you find places like malls or theme parks strangely exhausting, it might because you don’t know how to block all those mall rats’ emotions from seeping into your psyche.

4. You feel physically ill when someone yells at or gets angry with you.

For the highly sensitive, the in-your-face intensity might just be too much.

5. You find watching violence or cruelty on TV unbearable.

Yeah, if Sarah McLachlan’s gotten you to tear up and donate, you miiiiight be an empath.

6. People feel inclined to offload their problems onto you.

Probably because you’re a great, compassionate listener, and have a problem telling people “no.”

7. You have very strong intuition.

You just kinda know things without being told. So when you make decisions, you lead with your gut.

8. You feel super weird around “fake” people.

Possibly because you can tell they’re hiding something, and it makes you uncomfortable.

9. You’re drawn to holistic methods of healing.

Reiki? Acupuncture? Tapping? You’re game. Could be because you feel a metaphysical presence that you’re trying to unpack and understand.

10. You’ve felt a deep connection to nature and animals.

Many empaths relay that being outdoors or with animals is remarkably grounding—especially because there’s an absence of negative energy from toxic friends or energy vampires.

11. You need your alone time.

Whether it’s in nature or cozying up in bed with some mindless TV, you definitely need to get away from it all in order to recharge and feel like yourself again.

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