More and more people are realizing that they are an empath, a person highly sensitive to energy and emotions. An empathetic person is someone who has the innate ability to feel the mental and emotional states of others. These people have a high level of social intelligence, and are very good at helping others.
Recognizing that you’re sensitive to energy is important, because we often think that what we’re feeling always originates within us. But what if some of our thoughts and emotions are coming from the people around us, or from the people we are emotionally close to?
Below are 8 common characteristics that empathetic people have:
You Feel the Emotions of Others, Even When They’re Not Around
If you are an empath, you can sense the energy of others, even when they are not physically around you. That person can be on the other side of the country, and you can still pick up their emotions.
As a person who is sensitive to energy, it’s important to ask yourself, “Are these feeling mine?” You can save yourself a lot of suffering, if you can recognize whether what you are feeling is because of someone else’s energy, or if it’s your own.
You Can Feel Overwhelmed in a Crowd
You prefer small groups, or being alone, rather than participating in large groups of people. The negativity of many others can be overwhelming to an empath.
You Are Sensitive To Light, Sound, Smell and Touch
You don’t like bright lights, and you have a sharp sense of smell, taste and touch. Being an empath means that your mind and body are more intimately connected than most, and that makes you more sensitive to all sensory stimuli, and energy in general, even electromagnetic energy.
You Intuitively Just Know Things
You just “know” things, that you have no concrete proof for. You have a very strong sense of intuition, and are able to interpret subtle information which gives you insight, that others don’t have. If you are an empath, you may be able to just look at someone, and know if they’re good or bad, and whether they should be avoided.
You’re Told That You’re Too Sensitive
Your friends and family tell you that you’re too sensitive. You feel more, think more, and experience on a deeper level than most.
You Know When People Are Lying
As an empath, you can read body language very well. You also may have mental impressions of the emotions, or psychology, of others. When people are lying to you, you notice the change in their energy, through the tone of their voice.
You Can’t Watch Violence on TV or in the Movies
As an empath, you feel uncomfortable watching violence on TV or in the movies. You put unconsciously yourself in the position of others, and feel what it would be like if you were the victim of violence.
You Instinctively Sense Energy Vampires
You sense people and relationships that suck the energy out of you. With some conscious effort, you can develop your energy field into a sort of a shield, instinctively protecting you and repeling the enrgy vampires.
Being an empath is not always easy, especially if you foster a victim mentality, putting the keys to your emotions in the hands of others. Remember, you have the power, will and choice, and don’t be afraid to use your power to take back control of your energy.
||Thich Nhat Hanh
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