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Empath: A highly sensitive individual, who has a keen ability to sense what people around them are thinking and feeling.
The trademark of an empath is that they feel and absorb other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. They filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings.
10 Traits of an Empath according to Judith Orloff, M. D.
- Empaths are highly sensitive.
Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually open, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, world class nurturers. But they can easily have their feelings hurt. Empaths are often told that the are “too sensitive” and need to toughen up.
- Empaths absorb other people’s emotions.
Empaths are highly attuned to other people’s moods, good and bad. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme. They take on negativity such as anger or anxiety which i s exhausting. If they are around peace and love, their bodies take these on and flourish.
- Many empaths are introverted
Empaths become overwhelmed in crowds, which can amplify their empathy. They tend to be introverted and prefer one to one contact or small groups. Even if an empath is more extoverted they prefer limiting how much time they can be in a crowd or at a party.
- Empaths are highly intuitive
Empaths experience the world through their intuition. It is important for them to develop their intuition and listen to their gut feelings about people. This will help empaths find positive relationships and avoid energy vampires.
- Empaths need alone time.
As super-responders, being around people can drain an empath so they periodically need alone time to recharge their batteries. Even a brief escape prevents emotionally overload. Empaths like to take their own cars when they go places, so they can leave hen they please.
- Empaths can become overwhelmed in intimate relationships.
Too much togetherness can be difficult for an empath so they may avoid intimate relationships. Deep down they are afraid of being engulfed and losing their identity. For empaths to be at ease in a relationship, the traditional paradigm for being a couple must be redefined.
- Empaths are targets for energy vampires.
An empath’s sensitivity makes them particularly easy marks for energy vampires, whose fear or rangee can sap their energy and peace of mind. Vampires do more than drain an empath’s physical energy. The especially dangerous ones such as narcissists (they lack empathy and are only concerned with themselves) can make them believe they’re unworthy and unlovable. Other vampires include The Victim, The Chronic Talker, The Drama Queen, etc.
- Empaths become replenished in nature.
The busyness of everyday life can be too much for an empath. The natural world nourishes the restores them. It helps them to release their burdens and they take refuge in the presence of green wild things, the ocean or other bodies of water.
- Empaths have highly tuned senses.
An empath’s nerves can get frayed by noise, smells or excessive talking.
Empaths have huge hearts but sometimes give too much.
- Empaths are big-hearted people and try to relieve the pain of others.
A homeless person holding a cardboard sign, “I’m hungry” at a busy intersection, a hurt child, a distraught friend. It’s natural to want to reach out to them, ease their pain. But empaths don’t stop there. Instead, they take it on. Suddenly they’re the one feeling drained or upset when they felt fine before.