I have always 'felt' other people; some more than others. Sometimes my understanding is so strong that I don't realize that they aren't speaking out loud. My kids are used to it - strangers are definitely not! For example, while living at my mom's house, I would answer my mother's questions but she never spoke aloud. I didn't even know what had happened, but a friend was with me and described it. Most of the time, I know when people are not telling the truth.
I guess the bottom lines is that I didn't entirely realize what I was doing/feeling or that the total barrage (sp) of emotions wasn't what other people felt. I have learned to protect myself somewhat, but occasionally get slammed by unexpected/negative emotions.
I decided to acknowlege & learn more about this phenomena after what happend last weekend. I paid a surprise visit to an old friend that I hadn't seen for years. Her best friend and I set this up and everyone knew except her. When she opened the door and saw me (with her best friend), she was not pleased. Surprised the crap out of me and her resentment/jealousy was so strong that I actually took a step back.
Since then, I have been doing some research and a LOT of thinking. I googled 'empath' and, after some trial and error, found this site.
So, is there anybody out there?