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I Am An Empath

Welcome to this very informal group of the wide-awake inwardly, also known as EMPATHS. 3,586 People

    Attempting To Take Control....

    I only recently learned about the traits of empathic type people and broke out into tears while reading the testimonies of many others on another website....I finally had come to an epiphany of sorts, a realization of what's been "wrong" with me my whole life.....being empathic...
    oc602 oc602 31-35, M 3 Responses Nov 15, 2013

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    Okay, so this is probably gonna be confusing

    but oh well. Alright, so as I was growing up, I always felt the need to put others before myself as if they were more important than myself. I always have felt the need to help people no matter how bad their situation is, and even if I have no way possible to help them. It...
    adamsgirl0420 adamsgirl0420 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 14

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    Okay many people probably took a quiz to "find

    out" if they are empaths or not. I took a quiz but I already "knew" I was empathic. There seem to be some people on this site (especially teens, no offense if you really are a teen empath) that have problems that they can't explain & take the quiz & all of a sudden it explains...
    Pheonixx35 Pheonixx35 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    I believe myself to have a strong empathetic

    ability. For me, it's a sense of atmosphere around the person or people I'm with. I've always believed that all people have an empathetic ability. Would anyone want to share?
    MrLexapro MrLexapro 18-21, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I recently realized I was born an Empath.

    I had no idea that there were others out there who were sensitive like myself, but it's so much more than being sensitive. I feel everything so intensely, deeply, and I can remember this as far back as I remember. I can feel when I "absorb" another's emotions, and they...
    chloef10 chloef10 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 22

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    ...and it's slowly killing me.

    Or maybe that's the just the first few whispers of madness... This is an extremely stressful and mentally/emotionally taxing trait.
    Smoray100 Smoray100 22-25, F 8 Responses Jul 2

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    This is getting ridiculous.

    .. Today we had a father come in to tell us how his son died in street racing. It got the whole crowd in tears, and I was in utter hell. There were way to many emotions in that room.... Not just about driving accidents, but everything. It was a butterfly effect, and I couldn't...
    Destinyyy Destinyyy 16-17, F 1 Response May 22

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    What Is An Empath.- Definition

    I came across this definition in my psychic ability group in yahoo defining an empath, I copied to share hoping it helps others understand "What is an Empath?"  EMPATHS  Marked by an acute sensitivity to the feeling of others, Empaths can  ...
    Mystic44 Mystic44 41-45, F 94 Responses Sep 20, 2007

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    At first I had no idea what the feelings I was

    having were. I thought maybe it was something that everyone felt. But eventually after living in the world we live in, I realized not everyone felt it. No way could someone who could hurt, murder, rape, or anything in those categories, feel the same way I felt. Being an...
    Emmylovely Emmylovely 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 30

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    Education: Grounding And Shielding

    Hello fellow empaths. Well, I am noticing a commonality amongst us lately. People seem to be very overwhelmed by incoming energies to the point of illness. We do not have to live like this. We can't survive like this. Because we are who we are and are bombarded with incoming...
    kbetweens kbetweens 26-30, F 17 Responses Dec 20, 2012

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    Have you ever had the experience of having the

    life sucked out of you by spending time with a particular person? I’m talking about feeling exhausted, bored, irritated, stressed, anxious, threatened, overwhelmed or depressed after just a few moments in that person’s company. There may have been times where you felt...
    pelgrim71 pelgrim71 41-45, M 4 Responses Jul 19

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    I am highly sensitive to all things,

    my allergy test even came back that I was allergic to saline... Go figure. It has got even more pronounced the older I have become. It is hard to learn how to control the emotions and energy that floods you when out in crowds but it can be done. Don't let it overwhelm you.
    oldempath1 oldempath1 36-40, F Jun 19

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    Now The Light Is Brighter

    I mentioned to my Dad and Stepmom in a conversation that I believed that I was a type of Empath. My Dad, never one to hold his opinion or to fluff it, jumped in and said "Yeah, you are." I was shocked because I had barely learned what an Empath was I no idea he even knew the word...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 21, 2012

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    I absolutely hate large dense crowds.

    Makes me feel like I'm drowning. But if I'm at a rock concert no problem. I'm sometimes amazed at the power of music...
    Pheonixx35 Pheonixx35 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 14

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    Do you find yourself to be drawn to sociopaths?

    I was reading about sociopaths and found an article about empath and sociopath relationships. it said that because empaths are highly sensitive to peoples feelings, which can be overwhelming after an extended period of time. they tend to be attracted to sociopaths because of...
    earthhgirl earthhgirl 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 16

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    I feel like I can just look at a person

    and tell how they feel. I didn't know if it was just me or what. But it has caused me a lot of problems. My mom uses it against me, and I hate her for it. If anyone is out there who has been through the same thing, please give me se advice or something. I need to know what to do...
    BluePaws55 BluePaws55 13-15, M 3 Responses Jun 23

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    Being a sponge of everyone's emotions is

    sometimes so debilitating. I am too easily affected by anger and hurt. I want to fly away now.
    Littlelionwoman81 Littlelionwoman81 36-40, F 9 Responses Jun 2

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    Just need guidance I am a 19 yr old male

    and want to develop my gift as empath.
    killerjrm killerjrm 18-21, M 5 Responses Jun 28

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    Soaked And Rattled

    I've lived my entire life confusing myself with overpowering emotions surging through and through. Empath is not a new word but I didn't know it was a defining statement. How do you live fighting off all the emotions, may it be from television or from a walk in the park, that...
    Bumblebeat Bumblebeat 61-65, F 3 Responses May 25, 2013

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    So Thats What You Call It

    Can't believe I'm writing this, all my life I have been able to sense the emotions of others. not just the atmosphere like when you walk into a room but the actual emotions of individuals, their happiness, sadness, fear and anxiety. sense them is the wrong word i physically...
    IF64 IF64 46-50, M 4 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    So, I know I'm an empath

    but my wife of two years doesn't believe me. She thinks that I would be "better in tuned" with her feelings and be more empathetic towards her and my other friends. I tried to explain it wasn't that easy and I feel others' feelings as if they were my own and have a really hard...
    heibel75 heibel75 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 20

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    A Long and Mostly Hidden Story

    So yes, I am an empath, but it's not something I talk about very much... the "odd looks" I get, and the effort needed to give an explanation to "remove" them just feels like too much effort, too much of the time. Even when I was a little kid, I "felt...
    Denmarkguy Denmarkguy 51-55, M 4 Responses Dec 31, 2007

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    Empathy is a lot like swimming.

    That feeling like you can't swim anymore. Everything hurts. The air in your lungs is becoming less. So what do you do? Relax, keep swimming, hope that you'll reach the shore. Or do you panic, flail your arms and legs, exert the last ounce of energy, and slowly sink. Looking up...
    kbetweens kbetweens 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 12

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    I've known forever...

    just didn't recognize it by the name because they always seemed to be such sad people. I didn't consider myself a sad person, just an emotional one, who wanted to hide away from the world most times LOL! and that's ok, sure it may drive others a little crazy because they really...
    keepers75 keepers75 36-40, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Not Sure How It Helps To Give It A Name But Yeah, I'm An Empath.

    Yes, I have looked around the web and I seem to be an empath and yes it seems to make me quite introverted around certain people, people who (I sense) wouldn't have a clue what I'm talking about if I were to try and explain my position in a crowded setting. The funny thing is, I...
    julienstaheli julienstaheli 26-30, M 3 Responses Dec 21, 2012

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    Something I Found Online 30 Traits Of An Empath

    I can relate to almost all of these, I always absorb other peoples emotions... the only thing I dont really agree with is #4 I love violence and anything that evokes emotion on tv or film because it almost feels like Catharsis purging of all the pent up emotions. 30 traits of...
    Niknak300 Niknak300 22-25, F 9 Responses Jul 27, 2013

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    Something was wrong. I could feel it.

    There are not words to describe the feeling. Indeed, it’s not accurately a ‘feeling’. It does not feel like a kiss; sorrow; a stone; heat; bliss; pain; ecstasy. It is not a physical or emotional feeling, but is more closely analogous to the sensation of understanding...
    reluctantly reluctantly 36-40 3 Responses Jul 9

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    You Ask Me Why.....

    .... because I can feel it.... you ask me why I am self-conscious.... .... because I can feel every stare, every look, every glance, every eye turned my way.... you ask me why I am a peace maker.... .... because I can feel every searing rush of anger, raw and unreasonable...
    SunshineEddy SunshineEddy 31-35, F 26 Responses Aug 15, 2009

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    Wow, It's Like Looking In A Mirror

    http://theknowing1.wordpress.com/traits-of-an-empath/ After reading this article on Empaths, I am certain I am one. There is not a doubt in my mind when I say I agree with everything said beyond the 30 traits. For I do not have all of them, not the negative ones. For I have no...
    PhilosophicalMoose PhilosophicalMoose 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 24, 2013

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    Some Tips On How To Control Empathy

    I belive that all human being, and to an extent, animals too, are more or less empathic. Feelings and emotions are something we all share. Feelings and emotions are electrical in nature. I belive that our feelings affect the electric field around our body, the way it vibrates...
    Sealotus Sealotus 31-35, F 6 Responses May 5, 2012

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    Before I found this site I took the standard

    empath quiz & when asked about needing to be around water I initially said no. Now that I think on it though, I've always lived by the river, & when I wasn't I was miserable. Right this moment it is storming & I am outside drinking in the rain.
    Pheonixx35 Pheonixx35 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 16

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    I do not think that empathy,

    in its truest sense, could be considered a mental power, like its more popular cousin, telepathy. This sensing of different peoples moods around them is personally cued, and because of this, I would promote that it is more an ability to read the minute details in body language...
    GwydionFrost GwydionFrost 46-50, M 5 Responses Jul 8

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    I'm neither an introvert

    nor an extrovert, but I'm strongly influenced by the energies of people around me. Sometimes it gets me so exhausted and so sad. Occasionally it's a positive, like feeling good energies at a concert, but for the most part it's a struggle. I have a hard time communicating with...
    amethyst19 amethyst19 22-25, F 3 Responses May 30

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    This is a subject I normally avoid with people,

    out of fear of being judged or mocked, however, it is something that I feel compelled to talk about. All my life, I have always had a very keen sense of how others around me truly are feeling. I'm not saying I can read minds, what I'm saying is that I can sense other's emotions...
    Indigolesbian70 Indigolesbian70 41-45, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I am an empath. An extremely highly empathic

    individual. Like an intensely absorbent sponge. It hurts to be this way. I feel everything. All of it. From everyone around me. All the time. And it never stops. It never stops.
    AlleywayGospel AlleywayGospel 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 17

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    Here are 30 of the most common traits of an

    Empath: WHICH IS CORRECT FOR ME AND DESCRIBES ME 99.999%  1. Knowing: Empaths just know stuff, without being told. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing. The more attuned they are the...
    WorthWonder WorthWonder 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 16, 2013

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    The Selfish Conflict

    Empaths are often portrayed like cliches - all caring, giving and unselfish. Well, I'm an empath who struggles with the caring, the giving and am quite selfish. Every empathic encounter takes from you, which is generally fine because empaths seem to have swollen emotional...
    narrator narrator 51-55, M 11 Responses Jan 26, 2012

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    My Story

    When I was younger, I thought I had the power to always know what to say. I would always know how to influence people to my own end. I would use this to manipulate my friends and to emotionally torture those whom I hated. I grew an immense god complex that made me think that I...
    SethWatring SethWatring 18-21, M 3 Responses Jun 10, 2013

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    I feel like I'm drowning in negativity

    and I don't even know if it's all my own. Every day I cleanse and shield and it seems to do nothing.
    amethyst19 amethyst19 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 17

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    Empaths Need Skills, Not Just Talent

    Until I understood what it means to be an empath, I thought I was a hopeless mess. If you have learned about being a highly sensitive person, it is a similar kind of understanding in some ways. Out of 20 people, 5 are highly sensitive. We notice and react to things that other...
    Roserosetree Roserosetree 56-60, F 32 Responses Sep 17, 2007

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    I hear your talk ~ When I was just a child,

    I thought I was crazy. So aware of other's feelings and thoughts even beyond their actual words and actions. It was only around some, others I saw, felt... something dark and hollow..... yes, hollow. Some I just could hear their words.. their mouths was moving ..but not saying...
    MorningBreeze MorningBreeze 56-60, F 4 Responses Jan 3

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    Ever since I was very young,

    I can remember feeling other people's energies and emotions, sometimes being affected by them... This still happens today... Probably why sometimes I'm very antisocial.
    MystaPhreaky69 MystaPhreaky69 41-45, M Jul 7

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    Okay so, I haven't really had anywhere to talk

    about this because if I did I would be teased. Every since I was little I could tell if someone was lying. Even the simplest stuff, I would not dare say that I knew they were lying for the fear of hurting them. But also not only could I tell when someone was lying I could tell...
    PacifisticThoughts PacifisticThoughts 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 25

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    I just figured out what being an empath is at 29

    after struggling with intense emotions my entire life. I feel overwhelmed by anxiety much of the time going in to large gatherings. I never quite knew why but I suppose it is the uncertainty of what people will have for me to absorb. Trouble is... I'm getting married Saturday in...
    katieembee katieembee 26-30, F 3 Responses May 25

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    I Want To Learn.

    I've reccently found out, what being an Empath is. For the past few years I've noticed occasionally that I could feel others emotions instead of my own. About all of the last 2 years I went antisocial and apathetic trying to drown it all out. It stopped when I made a friend who...
    Lurchabilly Lurchabilly 16-17, M 2 Responses May 2, 2013

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    I Am Just Realizing My "Gift"

    I have always wondered why i felt sad or embarassed for people. Or why i feel angry for no reason at all. At first i thought i was Bi-Polar lol until one day i shook a womans hand who had cancer and i was so grief sticken i excused myself from the room and cried in the bathroom...
    CCPhilosophy CCPhilosophy 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 12, 2013

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    Like the title says..

    . To sum it all up, I am an energy sponge. The closer I get to a group of energies, particularly negative or excited, the more I take on and the worse my anxiety gets. I've traded emotions with people unintentionally. Like, if they were sad and I wasn't, if I think too much about...
    WildFlowerChild19 WildFlowerChild19 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 30

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    I am an Empath and all of my friends always

    seem sad even though they're laughing and having a good time. Is it just me? Or is they're something wrong with them?
    Cassandra13Park Cassandra13Park 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 hr ago

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    I was told once, by a medium friend of mine,

    that I am an empath. This was way back when I was just out of high school. We were messing with a spirit board and she told me this as a warning in a way, because she said I could get caught up in the spirits emotions as well. I brushed it off as interesting nonsense at the time...
    Pheonixx35 Pheonixx35 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 12

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    I Never Tell People Because I Am Embarressed

    my mother says it runs in the family. i didnt grow up with my mother for six years of my childhood so i know i didnt pick it up in as a way of mannorism. originally i was an empath with animals mostly. because i didnt have family members of my own. i could tell at age 6 or 7 that...
    weareallhuman weareallhuman 31-35 12 Responses May 17, 2008

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    I recently found out

    that I am an empath. It's been both clarifying and confusing. I'm sure there's more than a few of you who can relate. I found solace before in Elaine Aron's books on Highly Sensitive people. Right now I'm reading the Highly Sensitive Person in love, and it has shed a lot of...
    dasMeer dasMeer 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 12

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    I feel like I've actually lost touch with my

    gift. The person I've been with is very draining and I feel almost.. human? Like my spirit has been caged without my knowing. It's such a sad feeling, like my sense of touch was numbed and my vision went fuzzy. But things are looking up, I've begun to dream again. I was never...
    Annapie Annapie 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    Sensing Energy In Others

    It's pretty hard to have a positive or healing connection with others if you see yourself as wrong or lacking. If you are feeling bad about a relationship, say to yourself, "I am perfect as I am." Then go deeper into yourself. Monitor your energy when you are speaking to that...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F 6 Responses Feb 21, 2013

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