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I Am Empathic

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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

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    I don't know if I'm just an odd person,

    or if there are others out there, but.. I tend to absorb people's accents! I can't control it, I don't want to, but if you have an accent, I'll probably pick it up, start talking like you! Some people have thought I was making fun of them, but nope... And sometimes it sticks...
    Chrissiwho1989 Chrissiwho1989 26-30 7 Responses Aug 15

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    My Mom: "If you go see

    that inside out movie you might cry" Me: "Yah... but I always cry. It's kind of my thing."
    ChikoMontez ChikoMontez 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    Ok, do all of u get strong connections from

    characters on movies? The underdog. The sweet kind suffering soul who does so much for others and always gets crapped on? The misunderstood. I form such crazy attachments to certain characters on movies. I'm sure people think I'm nuts but I can't help it. I know they aren't...
    FightingForHappiness FightingForHappiness 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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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..
    Ashhcue303 Ashhcue303 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 20

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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 9 Responses Aug 23

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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 4 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    It's like I'm not even myself.

    I experience other's emotions so deeply. It is not something that I hate about myself, in fact I feel more human and connected to people. However, it causes me stress, anxiety, or depression for the person. I would like to solve all their problems. It also works inversely...
    DaffodilDeary95 DaffodilDeary95 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 26

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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 6 Responses Aug 15

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    I just found a really great e-book that's easy

    to read and straight to the point about empaths and how to deal in this world http://www.psi-zone.net/BFR%20for%20empaths%20full%20version%201.1.pdf check it out :)
    Anonymouscoast Anonymouscoast 22-25 1 Response Aug 15

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    So like.... what if you knew

    that your spouse was doing "some weird things" and your spouse thought you didn't know about these things BUT because you are so in tune with their thoughts you already knew. So you don't say anything because 1. YOU DON'T WANT THAT KIND OF CONFLICT... and 2. YOU DON'T WANT THEM...
    ChikoMontez ChikoMontez 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 25

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    Help - this gift/curse just keeps getting

    stronger or my ability to manage it is eroding. I find myself avoiding others and in process am becoming recluse. How do I make it stop I don't have any more room for anyone else's baggage I can't even process my own. I've been treading water like this for a decade. At this...
    Phxmetrogainer Phxmetrogainer 36-40, M 5 Responses Aug 2

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    So a couple of my roommates went out drinking

    last night, I wake up in the morning feeling nauseous. The thing is I can pick up other people's energy unwantingly no matter what! So frustrating. I am picking up their headache/hangover/ feeling like they want to throw up. Well here I am tuning it out with my music and...
    Anonymouscoast Anonymouscoast 22-25 2 Responses Aug 15

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    I am hurting for someone

    who is hurting. I wish so badly I could take their pain away. But, I cannot. I am one who can more easily endure my own pain, than to helplessly watch someone else suffer. But, it just doesn't work that way.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 1

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    I think I might be empathic

    and medium. Sure there are benifits.It kinda sucks that when I get home / or at someones house.I can feel tension and anger. when your around that type of energy.It rubs off on you.Another gift I have is a medium this I don't mind at all.I can feel what they are feeling what...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 8

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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

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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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    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 2 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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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 1 Response Jan 28

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    I think I'm starting to absorb everyone in my

    household stress. I have no reason to feel stressed or drained because I made my choices and I have fully accepted them. I can't pull my head together no matter how hard I try. The funny thing is I thought I had "forsaken" my gift by disrespecting the nature of an Empath...
    WarriorsHeart WarriorsHeart 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 24

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    Ever since I could remember I have been able to

    sense people's energies and be able to see auras around them. Older people used to say "she is just an old soul listen to her she has something to say." Now as an adult I am very in-tuned with my senses. My dreams tell me how, who and when, and when I walk around i feel the...
    beingmeforone beingmeforone 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 28, 2014

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    I am wondering what it is like

    for other Empaths when they are attending to those who are literally dying? I have been with many who are comatose and actively dying and I truly believe that I have helped them cross over through deep, deep prayer. I visualize their loved ones on the other side and I speak with...
    Thia999 Thia999 56-60, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    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 12 Responses Feb 12

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    Blessing Or Curse

    My earliest memories have dated back as much 18 months of age . Memory of things that weren't mine but my fathers . The knowledge that the figure of the man I could see was my grandfather after his passing , there to guard me . As an adult I can better understand that I can see...
    Blondiedlc Blondiedlc 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 9, 2013

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    As I get older, I find myself eating less

    and less meat. Not because I consciously want to become vegan, but because I just don't enjoy meat anymore and it makes me feel lethargic and slow. I'm not sure if this makes sense. As a child I loved beef, chicken, pork, turkey...all kinds of meat. Then one day I woke up and...
    Sparklyblueunicorns Sparklyblueunicorns 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 31

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    I feel like it is hard to

    even label myself as indigo because I don't wish to view myself as better or worse than anyone else. Growing up my sister would tell me I was born "better than other people" because of my ability to empathize. I reject this idea of being better while at the same time...
    kayleesiemens kayleesiemens 22-25, F 2 Responses May 26

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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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    Do you believe people are born empathetic

    or formed into it based on circumstances and how they were treated as a child?... Personally I'm just not sure. I had a horrible childhood where my parents physically abused me and made sure every day to make me feel unloved and u wanted. So I LIVE to make sure no one I know...
    FightingForHappiness FightingForHappiness 31-35, F 7 Responses Jun 29

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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...
    RMDk RMDk 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 17

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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

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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 12 Responses Apr 3

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    my dog can always tell

    when I'm emotional. whenever I even feel like I'm about to cry she comes running to me and lays at my feet until I pick her up and start to cry. she then licks my face and makes me smile, then goes on her way.
    ShysietheVampiric ShysietheVampiric 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 30

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    it's so hard to just

    even scroll thru my exp proj feed bc there are so many sad posts on the depression group i follow and i just feel so sad for them but theres nothing i can do i cant save them all i cant really save anyone they have to save themselves ya know? sometimes i just get to thinking...
    supmuhj00ps supmuhj00ps 16-17 Aug 13

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    Skin is not a barrier

    for empaths. We pick up on everything. We're conduits. I remember once getting a myofascial release massage. As she worked on my arms, she started hopping around. Then she asked me if I'm on the computer a lot. I said, "Yes." She then told me that the release of this...
    cjkenton cjkenton 36-40 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I think it might be an empath thing to be

    absolutely in love with music. I definitely feel like I love it more and consider it more important than most people. I have a pretty specific & distinct taste but it branches out into different sub genres based on my mood. Music tells a story and has an incredibly HIGH amount...
    Sparklyblueunicorns Sparklyblueunicorns 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 19

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    How do I cope at work?

    ?!! HELP!?!? Just now learning more about how I identify with such and it explains so much!!
    LwrenSD LwrenSD 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 18

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    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...
    loveandlight29 loveandlight29 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    I thought I was crazy,

    but now I view myself as weird. I begged through out my life to just be "normal" but I am not. I was lucky to find someone who helped me accept myself and embrace what I have. Now that I know what myself to possess I'm able to control it and become stronger with it.
    for3v3r7 for3v3r7 26-30, F 2 Responses May 28

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    Hi there! I am totally an empath.

    I've known this to the core of my being since I was born. It's hard and confusing. I just recently saw a genuinely gifted psychic/ medium and she told me that I am also extremely sensitive and confirmed everything I've already known but wanted to stuff away deep down so nobody...
    Anonymouscoast Anonymouscoast 22-25 4 Responses Jul 19

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    I felt so much pain when others are hurting.

    I want to mend broken souls...but I felt all my efforts are wasted. I couldn't change how they feel.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 26

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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

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    How can you be an empathic

    and be a cheater or cheater. A true empath would have a problem with the pain that causes right?
    LovelyBlkQueen LovelyBlkQueen 26-30, F 8 Responses Jul 13

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    Nowadays I feel like I can't

    even express how I'm feeling in words (like its happening right now). Talking about how I feel is really really weird for me because I'm not used to it-no one asks me anyways! I feel alone because no one understands, and when I try to explain or express myself, all of what I'm...
    urigagarin urigagarin 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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    I'm so out of control at this point.

    It's getting so strong that it almost feels like mind reading. Even if I shield myself I can still hear other people's thoughts. I don't even know if that's normal. Hugging people and shaking hands is like my kryptonite. The minute I touch a person, it's like a flood of pictures...
    Sparklyblueunicorns Sparklyblueunicorns 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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    At 60, I've finally put a name to what I've

    lived with so long. The older I get the more I'm emotionally tied to those around me or those I love/know. Not only do I experience the anxiety of humans but animals, especially cats as well. I've never felt like I "fit" with anyone I've been in a relationship with or work with...
    mraeman mraeman 56-60, F 2 Responses Aug 18

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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