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    Just some high thoughts:

    since I first realized I wasn't insane and that this was actually a thing, I've gotten really strong and better at using it. It's transforming really quickly too, into something really fun and amazing to use in everyday life. I think you have to get over that initial shock...
    Sparklyblueunicorns Sparklyblueunicorns 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 15, 2015

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    SereneSurvivor SereneSurvivor 31-35, F 8 Responses Dec 4, 2015

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    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 1 Response Jan 19

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    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.
    loveandlight29 loveandlight29 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 3, 2015

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    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 3 Responses Jan 21

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    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 4 Responses Jul 30, 2015

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    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

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    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 5 Responses Jan 19

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    And it hurts... A lot.

    I drove someone I loved dearly out of my life due to my empathy. I loved her so much but she was always in pain. Every time we talked there was something wrong. I tried to help the best I could and even though she was across the country I felt her pain. But she was stronger than...
    Polyurethane1 Polyurethane1 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 17, 2015

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    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

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    Thinking how after the day came to an end

    yesterday, I looked back and saw the way Your hand twisted everything to work out. Far above what I thought it would have turned out. So I give You Thanks! As I sit to think right now, how I would love for things not to pile up and then have to run to You, I begin by saying here...
    meto2015 meto2015 41-45, F Dec 16, 2015

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    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 5 Responses Aug 15, 2015

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    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

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    Father at this moment my arms are up like a

    little child reaching and pleading for You to pick me up. Father what steps I have taken are ones that I just don't feel I can take one more step. Father everything and everyone seem against me, and no matter which way I turn it seems that there are nets waiting to catch me and...
    meto2015 meto2015 41-45, F Dec 15, 2015

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    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 1 Response Jan 21

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    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

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    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 4 Responses Jan 29

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    “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

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    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 2 Responses Dec 13, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Empaths vs. Codependents The only way SLDs

    recover is to understand that they freely participate in their dysfunctional relationships with narcissists. As a reminder, SLDD is a symptom that manifests through the Human Magnet Syndrome. It is an addiction that results from one’s need or desire to detach from, numb or...
    Q2013 Q2013 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 20

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I hate how I shut down

    so quickly when people are upset. It's been so much worse lately because of stuff that's happened a couple years ago that I'm still dealing with. I just can't think quickly when stuff is happening so then I don't know what to do and I seem to make things worse. I feel so much...
    Zbeara Zbeara 22-25, M 5 Responses Sep 23, 2015

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    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

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    Sat in the veterinary waiting room with other

    feline and canine owners, clutching and consoling their pets; although it was more to console themselves. The air was thick, full of emotion and I could feel it all, old and new. Sadness and worry lingered there like cigarette smoke in a busy back alley bar, seaping into every...
    guriinii guriinii 26-30, M 4 Responses Sep 8, 2015

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    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 3 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    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 4 Responses Apr 7, 2015

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    So I was "sick" for about a day.

    Here were my symptoms: very low energy, weak, headache, nausea, feverish, shaking, joints and muscles were hurting, couldn't sleep. It felt like I had a bad flu, this was all day yesterday Today I'm feeling perfectly fine, I didn't take any medicines or anything. This happens...
    ADCue44 ADCue44 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 30

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    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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    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

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    I don't know how it works

    but I am an overly empathetic person to the point others emotions affect me greatly. I've even passed out when around people in high physical pain and bawled my eyes out when someone is emotionally in pain. It's a blessing and a curse.
    LittleAngelEl LittleAngelEl 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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    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

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    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

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    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 16 Responses Jan 23

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    I crossed paths with her at work.

    Young, exotic and beautiful . She works pushing garbage carts all day in and out of the building . I always wondered: is that her final job? Is she just transitioning ? I started conversation because I was curious about her . I realized she had quit a job at a Burger King and...
    breathingeasy breathingeasy 41-45, M 6 Responses Jan 7

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    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

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    Being an empath can be a blessing

    and a curse. When I am around people I will easily tune into their feelings and emotions. When they are happy, it lifts my mood considerably, but when they are anxious, sad or angry it will leave me susceptible to those very same emotions. If I'm already feeling less than...
    lavendersea lavendersea 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 8, 2015

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    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 6 Responses Aug 23, 2015

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    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 2 Responses Jan 21

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