I Am Empathic

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 18,257 People

    I think I made a mistake.

    I was at a cocktail party and my boss followed me everwhere we had flirted and caressed each other lightly all throughout dinner until we left and I had sucked his manhood in the taxicab ride back to our respective neighborhoods. I had felt so naughty licking and suckling on...
    1layladylay 1layladylay
    18-21, F
    Jan 21

    I have always wondered

    why I feel everything so strongly. I grew up in a very dysfunctional home where I was a victim of abuse at the hands of all 3 of my immediate family members. My fathers abuse was few and far between, but very memorable. It was at the hands of my mother and older brother that I...
    mkcherryholmes mkcherryholmes
    22-25, F
    10 Responses Jan 23

    One more question, if I may: Has antidepressant

    or anti-anxiety medication negatively or positively affected your empathic experience? How so? Thanks. <3
    adianoeta adianoeta
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Jan 19

    There are people who say this

    and have no idea what it actually means or they're confusing sympathy with empathy. If you cry when those feed the children commercials come on, you're sympathizing. If you can listen to someone talk about those starving African children and know whether they're full of sh*t or...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Sep 3, 2015

    It's easy for me to imagine myself in someone

    else's position. I even do so automatically when watching a movie. I don't particularly like car chases because I always feel sorry for the owners of the fruit stands being ruined and all the cars being totaled. And when entire stores are destroyed, it's even worse. Reminding...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Nov 26, 2014

    Finally, I get it. I just wish other people

    did. Empathy are not allowed in today's work world. They are so few and far between you are the black sheep no matter where you go. It's really tough.
    QuestionMarks QuestionMarks
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Aug 15, 2015

    Ok so I am empathic and sometimes this gets me

    in so much trouble. Is it possible to have too much empathy for people that it becomes an issue in your own life?
    jdamselfly jdamselfly
    36-40, F
    10 Responses Apr 3, 2015

    I believe that I am..

    . Perhaps not to the extent of some others here... But I have always been influenced by the moods of the others I am with... I hate zoos because I can feel the desolation of the animals at being held in captivity... As I was bullied through much of my childhood, I am very...
    hippiechick333 hippiechick333
    46-50, F
    11 Responses Feb 12, 2015
    yuki25 yuki25
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 13

    One thing I struggle with being an empath

    and a lightworker is being assertive and speaking my mind when need be. It's so hard for me! I read somewhere it's not unusual for people who are (empathic and lightworkers) either. Especially at work. There are times I feel like I'm being walked all over, told what to do, and...
    xTenderHeartx xTenderHeartx
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Mar 3

    The world is a wonderful place to live,

    and part of what makes it so great is the simple fact that people are different, every person in this world is unique and each one with his own thoughts and dreams. We all see the world through unique eyes and think differently about it
    1layladylay 1layladylay
    18-21, F
    Jan 21

    “Empathy is seeing with the eyes of other,

    listening with the ears of other, and feeling with the heart of other” – Alfred Adler. Never underestimate pain. Everyone hurts, but some people just hide it better than other. I think we all have empathy, it just that we may not have enough courage to display it.
    foodloverpeople foodloverpeople
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jan 7
    SereneSurvivor SereneSurvivor
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Dec 4, 2015

    I met this lady at work.

    .she intrigues me.I felt great around her.She is of a different ethnic background.She doesn't speak to anyone but I always said hello.One day I decided to look up her name to find its meaning...creepy huh? What's worse is-when I saw her I said casually,"your name means light...
    Skyrulez Skyrulez
    36-40
    1 Response Jan 14

    I make no claims of expertise,

    only experience. I know what I think I know, I suppose. I never had a label for it, couldn't really explain it beyond, "I 'see' people." I am affected by the moods and mindsets of others. That seems like a natural human trait, presuming some of us are more in tune than others...
    adianoeta adianoeta
    26-30, F
    Jan 19

    To feel as much as I feel is sometimes a

    painful beautiful gift. I see more then most
    SimplyMe82 SimplyMe82
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 27

    When someone tells me a problem

    or a struggle they have been through I feel it as my own.I can feel myself totally in the shoes of that person.Also I can get affected by someone's way...suddenly I see myself talking ln their way,complaining in a similar way...and I am not the kind of person lacking personality...
    4biandu 4biandu
    31-35, F
    1 Response Nov 5, 2014

    Being Empathetic Is Awful Most...

    Being empathetic is awful most of the time. I feel what other people feel too much. I cannot deal with hospitals, they make me insane because I am around so much suffering. I guess that is why my job gets to me so much too though. I am around suffering all the time. My kids do...
    eyes eyes
    31-35, F
    12 Responses Nov 11, 2007

    After going through a traumatic loss a little

    more than a year ago, I began pouring over self-help books. I came across empathy while reading a book on sociopathy, and everything seemed to click. I rank so highly in empathy, that I am virtually a human playground for sociopaths and narcissists. It feels like a handicap...
    Towtalwreck Towtalwreck
    36-40, F
    1 Response Dec 19, 2015

    Having the opportunity to work in an emergency

    room makes me realize how life is a complete mystery. One day you hug your loved ones and tuck them into bed, the next day you may be sleeping beside them in a hospital cot while they are fighting their own battles. Some days you see a punk kid on the street, the next day that...
    Takenbysilence Takenbysilence
    36-40, F
    Jan 28, 2015

    Can anyone help me? I turned my ability off 2

    years ago because I was sensing residual energy from someone who I needed to let go of. I recently met and connected with a guy here and the depth of the connection that we have has reactivated my abilities. I don't want to turn them back off again, but I find myself trying to...
    LoneSouls LoneSouls
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 30

    Anyone who is empathetic randomly feel like

    your starting to get sick and then it just randomly goes away the next day? I'm feeling, very low energy, body achy, headache, today. But this was after yesterday when I had to deal with an enormous amount of negative energies, more than usual, so maybe it has something to do...
    ADCue44 ADCue44
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jan 29

    hmmm where to start. I work in long term care.

    it's a blessing and a curse. I love my people that i care for. each one holds a little piece of my heart. because of who I am, they are naturally attracted to me. they are end stage dementia and long time psychotic patients. I'm calming, comforting, safe to them. this woman...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Nov 4, 2014

    I see what you mean..

    . I understand your feelings... I get it, yes..... But have you thought of this.....?
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Apr 19, 2015

    I am thinking being empathic is not a gift,

    but a normal state for us, for everyone. ... if we let it. ever notice animals, wild or domestic. and the good natured people these animals will get closer to, and the angry people these same animals tend to stay away from, or stay farther from. I think it's more that as...
    Flear Flear
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jan 30

    I have come to believe

    that i am Emphatic recently. Does it hurt to feel hatred towards a certain person? I feel very weak when absorbing negative thoughts from the people who are in the same room i am in since i get overwhelmed and fearful because of the thoughts and the feelings i get felt instantly...
    shaymd shaymd
    22-25
    1 Response Apr 11

    Once someone's hurt you,

    it's harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn't stop you from wanting them
    1layladylay 1layladylay
    18-21, F
    Jan 21

    There are tiny little creatures called bacteria

    crawling all over your skin. Right now. At this very moment. There are colonies of bacteria living all over your body.
    1layladylay 1layladylay
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 21

    Do you people even know what being an empath is?

    ?? Some of these posts are so in the wrong category lol! Here's a little blurb so you know... "Being an empath is when you are affected by other people's energies, and have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others. Your life is unconsciously influenced by others...
    juskeepswimming juskeepswimming
    31-35, F
    10 Responses Jan 30

    some days you get insights into the divine

    that tell you what you need to know to become what you always wanted, then realized how truly great that is. our emotions tell us everything we ever need to know if we listen to them. for me, being an empath was both helping and hindering. then was slowly whispered to me...
    Flear Flear
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Mar 3

    When I was a kid, someone told me learn from

    others experiences, from then on I always try to put myself in someone shoes, in losing a love one, being a victim of a crime, struggling to achieve something, etc.it's not easy cause sometimes you too get emotionally drained - feeling elated, scared, helplessness, etc.sometimes...
    redbilly redbilly
    41-45, F
    1 Response Mar 25

    My siblings didn't even need to say

    nor do anything, I just grab them into my arms when they need a good cry. They'd lie and say 'I'm fine' but I'm not slow, I can feel it actually. Taking in people's feelings is a lot on my part. At times I wish I wasn't empathic but I know it helps someone out there and my...
    darniseg98 darniseg98
    16-17, F
    Jan 29

    I am very sensitive to peoples energies

    and vibes. A persons aura to me is always visible. More times than not I can tell the type of person you are without words. I dont allow my first instinct to dictate anything though. I always give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I am very compassionate and easy to open up to...
    dreadfulVIXEN dreadfulVIXEN
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Apr 7, 2015

    The Indigo Child has been found.

    . This has been the most unbelievable, mind numbing, overwhelming, and fascinating revelatory three days of my life that has infinitely changed. Bare with me if you will as I put it in perspective and fully embody the gravity of it's entirety. Three days ago, I relented to my...
    benefisense benefisense
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Mar 11

    my therapist told me

    that my emotion is unhealthy in so many words. I am who I am. I like that I'm empathic, even if it is challenging at times. over the years, I've hardened having seen and heard so many atrocities. I've hardened more than I'd like. To harden more would require detaching feelings...
    SocialHermit SocialHermit
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Jan 7

    I've recently read an article saying

    that empaths are more than likely to be victimized by sociopaths. I'm afraid that it could be true, has anyone experienced something like this? I'm aware that least two of my exs have used my empathy for their person benefit at my (rather painful) cost but I'm not sure if they...
    brainplague brainplague
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Aug 23, 2015

    I didn't know it until recently.

    I always knew i was sensitive but did not truly grasp it. I was getting physically sick and mentally destroyed until Pelgrim71 stepped in and took me under his wing. I've learned to shield myself a little and to understand what Im experiencing now. It is a blessing and a curse...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Apr 17, 2015

    I am having an incredibly difficult time

    controlling my emotions today. they are ruling me, though I'm fighting back. I'm not a novice. I've learned how to deal, how to cope with who I am. but today, today I feel like a storm.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Aug 3, 2015

    I just want to tell you I miss you.

    The time we had together was the best time of my life. I struggled with many strange anxieties, and I became more and more afraid; Afraid to lose you, afraid to say something wrong, afraid to be myself, afraid you would do drugs, afraid that you may not trust me, afraid I wasn...
    MetaPhysicalCreature MetaPhysicalCreature
    18-21
    2 Responses Dec 27, 2015
    notmyfaultyourenotoriginal notmyfaultyourenotoriginal
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Sep 3, 2015

    I just realized that I might be an empath.

    It makes so much sense. When I am paranoid for no reason but end up being right. When I have to discipline my children and feel so horrible for it. When my husband is depressed and it makes me physically ill. I have an intuition that just seems to always be right. I hate my...
    eriesisgod eriesisgod
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jul 30, 2015

    I believe there is no greater quality in this

    world than empathy. It's a shame that In this world such a trait needs to be tapered and protected less a person be taken advantage of. So seldom is this returned that a person risks being depleted and is rarely fed back what they give - becoming depleted.
    Eclecticelle Eclecticelle
    36-40, F
    Dec 13, 2015

    I feel such hurt when I'm around my sisters

    kids. they feel and look so unhappy. they seem so moody and find escape in shooting games on xbox. their step dad isn't connecting with them and they can't do anything right and my sister seems to be blind to it all. I don't know what to do. I want to help.
    LadyJunebug LadyJunebug
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Dec 13, 2014

    I just want to post one last time

    before I leave. I wish things were better at home and I'm in the process of trying to make things "ok" again. EP used to be my outlet but now I feel like I can't even voice my thoughts as an Empath here either anymore. I just want to say that I hope all of you reading this...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Mar 13

    being an intuitive empath is

    so dificult sometimes. i feel there feelings.the pain of others. nd it makes me tired. i want to hug the world and tel u its ok. struggle with my abilitys somtimes
    katrinab123 katrinab123
    36-40, F
    Mar 26

    These days I'm so sensitive to my needs

    and feel what others feel. I will cry about sad news on the t.v. It shows I'm empathetic but it's like here we go again. Well today on the way to dropping my son off to school ( my son was driving thank God) we were listening to a story about a lady who died of cancer. Such a...
    toniyl toniyl
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Mar 21

    A word to empaths: I am the physical type of

    empath, where I feel other's physical pain. When I used to do massages, I would pick up on their physical pain before they were on my table and told them where they hurt. The pain was always to a lesser degree though. I'm not so much the empath that pics up on the emotional...
    cjkenton cjkenton
    36-40
    1 Response Aug 15, 2015

    Anyone else who's empathetic feel like they get

    pushed around/taken advantage of easily by other people? Constantly feel like my emotions get the better of me and I always give in, people know the right things to say to say to get what they want..
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Jul 20, 2015

    A blessing and a curse.

    I'm still learning how to block negative energies, because a part of me wants to feel those too. I want to be able to feel everyone, so I can help people as best I can. But, I also know that isn't possible all of the time. I work with children and that is a good place for me...
    xTenderHeartx xTenderHeartx
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jan 27

    I've been having very deep feelings

    for the environment lately. It breaks my hear to see people not recycling paper or thinking about the thought of how much paper we waste per day. Trees are here to help us, and i feel like they have energy too and we just chop them down and use them for paper and waste it. I try...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Sep 11, 2015

    so last night I was on the verge of crying

    after hearing about a person killing themselves... I couldn't help but think about what they must've been feeling at that time and what their family is going through now... I wish them all the best.
    joker364 joker364
    26-30, M
    Apr 10

    you know, I love being an Empath.

    . But sometimes, I also hate it. Like, when my friends are upset, sad, pissed, etc... I also feel it, and their mood becomes my mood... I can't control it. It does the same thing with happiness, but the effects are not as strong as the ones I stated... I can be totally happy and...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 26, 2014

    I am so exhausted... I am welcoming the spring

    season of jovial baby showers, wedding showers and graduations. It's when people gather more and celebrate with genuine hope. The desperation of needing positive and cheerful company intensifies daily for me. The weight of others' preventable stress and sorrows smears misery on...
    trendd trendd
    31-35, F
    Mar 5

    Everything looks better today

    than it did yesterday. In the rush of finishing up yesterday, the mountains were left in a ragged condition, and some of the plains were so cluttered with rubbish and remnants that the aspects were quite distressing. Noble and beautiful works of art should not be subjected to...
    1layladylay 1layladylay
    18-21, F
    Jan 21

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