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I Am An Empath

Welcome to this very informal group of the wide-awake inwardly, also known as EMPATHS. 4,115 People

    I read that an empath's brain

    and nervous system function differently. Most of us have heard that we have a highly sensitive nervous system that allows us to pick up on things. What they are also discovering is that our neurons mirror other people's neurons. So in a way, we are literally in their head...
    sartur sartur 36-40, F 9 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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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.
    Femmeheartsoul Femmeheartsoul 36-40, F 6 Responses Jun 2, 2014

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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 27 Responses Aug 15, 2009

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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 31 Responses Sep 17, 2007

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    I'm still developing my abilities.

    I can tap into people's thoughts, emotions and mindsets. If I see a picture of someone I don't really know I can say a lot about them. I'm not a mind reader or a psychic, just an empath. It can be exhausting. I've learned barrier protection methods to prevent myself from...
    XxWolverinexX XxWolverinexX 18-21 4 Responses Mar 28

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    I am so often misunderstoodI am a misfit,

     so what?I don't belong, anywhere, but everywhereI look observe all that is around meand feel more than you can imaginebecause if you didyou'd feel the pain around youtrying to get inside youand if you are weak, which I'm notyou are sucked in deep...deepin a vortex you may...
    bemyvalentine bemyvalentine 56-60, F 4 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    I am slowly starting to become more

    and more intune with my empathic abilities. I grew up meditating my whole life and as a result have found that I have matured and am what feels like much wiser beyond my years and I have always had people tell me these things. I have also grown up with a strong calling to...
    svpaneva svpaneva 18-21, F 5 Responses May 9

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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 14 Responses Dec 20, 2012

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    Because I believe too much in unkind people.

    I love the unlovable. Trust the ill intentioned. I catch the lies but believe them anyway- because behind every lie there's some truth... Some desire, and that desire burns so deep in me that I can feel it in my veins, corrupting my blood and infecting my heart. To care this...
    Mrs1105 Mrs1105 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 29

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    Lately instead of picking up people emotions.

    I absorb there physical pain/ ailments. I cant always tell that its not my pain, which makes it very confusing. Sometimes its as simple as an ear ache that goes away once i find out whos ear ache it is. Other times... I had weeks of heart palpitations and pain, I felt like i was...
    snow33 snow33 26-30, F 5 Responses Apr 7

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    If you want to truly connect with another

    person... You have to connect with yourself first. Have empathy for yourself Forgive yourself Love yourself It's amazing how many of us walk around unconnected... Searching for something to fill the void. The only place you needed to search was inside yourself. Then everything...
    sartur sartur 36-40, F 7 Responses Jan 19

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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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    Empathy... If the lack of it is the root of

    all evil.. What is an over abundance of it?
    sartur sartur 36-40, F 21 Responses Jan 15

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    Empath and empathy -

    as believed are two different spheres - Empathy is believed in some cases to have pity etc for others --- pity is a common trait that is humans, that goes along with compassion and sorrow etc and is not empathy all described . Empathy again is being able to assimilate other...
    Stephenrko Stephenrko 31-35, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    As usual, I feel alone.

    Alone with my thoughts and thoughts as you may know can ease you, or they can be deadly. But I am one to say readily how I feel without holding back anything. Today I felt - I can leave the earth and not come back. I feel I have done all that I can as a person here. No, I'm not...
    bemyvalentine bemyvalentine 56-60, F 16 Responses Feb 7

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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 1 Response Feb 12, 2014

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    There are many who abuse my empathy,

    and thus, what should be a gift becomes a curse. On some social, instinctual level they know they can reach me through emotion. The leeches know only of their success in achieving what they seek, and continue to use me up until I have no choice but to isolate myself. They remain...
    Isolating Isolating 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 20

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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 5 Responses May 25, 2013

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    A lot has changes since my last post.

    I've since closed my restaurant due to financial problems. My sister has pushed me away, which solves several problems but hurts very badly. The empath I spoke of last time, who's name is Tara, and I have started dating. It's very interesting and different because I've never...
    littlechef77 littlechef77 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    ......was just at the dollar store today.

    ...I asked the cashier how she was....it took her about 5 minutes to tell me all about it. She was a young woman, and a friend about her age had just passed away suddenly. As and empath, I was happy to "carry her things" for a few minutes.
    beesknees12 beesknees12 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 11

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    I've known for a long time

    that I was empathic. It's been a part of my life for as long as I can remember! I've heard some study say that in a scientific sense, this "hyper emotional awareness" stems from having a passive aggressive, or just flat out aggressive, parent. The child has to tube in to the...
    Oaktreeacorn Oaktreeacorn 22-25, F 6 Responses Oct 28, 2014

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    This past week I've been feeling ill due to

    digestive issues and abdominal pain. I haven't been feeling normal at all. I've lost interest in people, feeling like I don't fit in, or just indifferent. I feel more connected to nature and I'm more sensitive around negative auras that I must stay away. I'm able to tap into...
    XxWolverinexX XxWolverinexX 18-21 4 Responses Apr 4

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    I thought I'd share a story.

    So every week I volunteer at this place where kids with all kinds of disabilities receive therapy through horse-back riding. So every time I go I work with the same girl, and she is just a great kid who I've really grown to care about. Well of course sometimes she gets...
    Silverwings125 Silverwings125 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    So, I have known for a very long time

    that others emotions have and effect on my own. My bf is in the military and we live on the base. I moved in with him a year and a half ago. Let me tell you, a military base is a bad place for an empath. There's a lot of rage and depression here. I pick up on PTSD a lot. I've...
    ctscissorhands ctscissorhands 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 23

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    I've been able to sense things

    before they are going to happen. When my ex moved away I could sense when he was sad and that same night I'd get a message from him
    tcross71 tcross71 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 19

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    To me, it had been a nightmare throughout all

    my life, until I realized of a few things! Normally, being an empath is also followed by being clairsentient, clairaudient, clairvoyant and medium or psychic... It's just that depending on how hard it's been your childhood, you just simply try to avoid a part of the "full...
    eachlone eachlone 31-35, F 2 Responses May 3

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    I'm in need of some advice please.

    First some background info. I am a young restaurant owner. I was recently diagnosed with depression and still have a strange blood pressure problem. After the diagnoses I did some research and found to word empath and it all clicked into place. I've always been sensitive to...
    littlechef77 littlechef77 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    *Sigh* Depression... Seems that's all I've been

    able to feel for a long while. It's been blocking everything else out, but I can still sorta feel those other emotions like an animal scratching at the door wanting in, but it seems those walls I built worked a bit too well...
    Quinn1313 Quinn1313 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    beesknees12 beesknees12 41-45, F Mar 16

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    I've always been able to naturally absorb

    people's emotions and feelings. I never knew what it was and I thought I was just overly sensitive up until recently when I learned that there's a name for that; an empath. I can't even begin to tell you how exhausting it has been to feel anyone and everyone's feelings around...
    thisgirl92 thisgirl92 22-25, F 7 Responses Mar 26

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    I can see through people in a way

    that I cant explain. In the past 8 months Ive been really trying to find myself & Ive realized the more I am in tune with my SELF the more people's intentions are more transparent. I can look at them & just get this vibe. I know that sounds very cliche but it feels so real. I...
    mzsimone52 mzsimone52 18-21, F 6 Responses Apr 6

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    So, yeah I'm an empath Have been all my life

    and i can feel others emotions and recently some weird things have been happening One day i couldn't feel my boyfriends emotions, its been like this for a while now but when i look at my own emotions his are there and its just weird
    FayeAndMerlin FayeAndMerlin 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 19

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    Another repeated group.

    So many repeats.
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Mar 22

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    I'm just curious.. As I feel my energy go from

    crap to brilliant while the toxic energy is away.. It makes me wonder... Is toxic the same for everyone? If a person has a energy draining vampiric like effect on you.. Would they have the same effect on another person in your place? Or could they be sunshine and butterflies to...
    sartur sartur 36-40, F 15 Responses Feb 4

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    I dont understand why people dont do anything

    abt the negative feelings they have in themselves and keep neglecting it by thinkin that someone elses feeling have intruded their inner space. Certainly if u have compassion for others, its a spiritual gift but if u start identifying with their negative feelings (insecurity...
    om2013 om2013 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 14

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    I took this pic a few years ago.

    I call it the hand of Godor whoever your higher being you believe. Just look at thecloud... a giant hand holding... holding you, holding me up.What a sight it was to capture... still brings tears to my eyes.I wanted to share with you and tell you how much youmean to me.I work in...
    bemyvalentine bemyvalentine 56-60, F 3 Responses Apr 19

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    I'm currently going through a spiritual

    ascension/awakening and I'm experiencing certain symptoms that are out of my control. So last week I had digestive issues, which I took care of and I'm better now. I'm losing interest in certain people, even my best friend. I've been reflecting on how this year its been hard...
    XxWolverinexX XxWolverinexX 18-21 1 Response Apr 9

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    I was always called "sensitive"

    or "you have such a vivid imagination. I could always feel energy, but didn't know what it was. I'm 38 and just now learning I am an empath because of a new person that came into my life, probably on purpose. I've read about it, I've been skeptical and never talked about it...
    sartur sartur 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 1, 2014

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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 12 Responses Jan 26, 2012

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    In a lot of ways, empaths are basically people

    with a strong intuition. I am realizing I am an empath, but haven't really developed my abilities yet. I do feel strong emotions and reads on people right away. Sometimes I think I'm crazy because it seems like their emotions are overwhelming to me, but to everyone else, these...
    ERMAHGERD1 ERMAHGERD1 22-25, F 9 Responses Mar 7

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    Anyone else unable to watch the news?

    If I do, it immediately sets my emotions on high. Agitated and restless. And it will bug me for the rest of the night. Too much negativity and bad news. I try to avoid it but my husband turns it on sometimes and I have to leave the room. I wish he understood.
    angelcards911 angelcards911 36-40, F 6 Responses Mar 17

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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 95 Responses Sep 20, 2007

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    It seems like only yesterday

    that I was adamantly denying the fact that I am transitioning. Now it's becoming quite obvious that "transitioning" does require a penile inversion, or any other outward physical change for that matter. It is now undeniable that something within me has changed, some type of...
    JessicaDale JessicaDale 51-55 4 Responses Apr 25

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    This is an open love letter to the people

    who care too much. First experience post, btw! I generally love people and feel that I would do anything to help someone if it's within my power. It took me a long time to realize why other people aren't that way and I often took it very personally and judged them as being...
    nymadisonavenue nymadisonavenue 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 13, 2014

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    It's hard for me to be in a room with a lot of

    angry people. Even if they aren't yelling at me in particular. I think I just feel too much. It just makes me want to curl into a ball.
    SKDel SKDel 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    What is the alternative to sensitive?

    Insensitive? Yes, I understand. We feel energy that others don't. We see the writing on the wall, ALWAYS. Never fails. I could hate my situation too, but it's NOT a burden. It's a gift. We just have to find a way to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. I don't want to avoid...
    ToriMick ToriMick 36-40, F 5 Responses May 6

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