Do you feel overwhelmed in the crowd? Do people’s emotional or physical conditions drive your moods? Are you often described as hypersensitive? Do you struggle to fit in?
If you answered yes to most of the questions, you may belong to the rare group of souls comprising 1 to 2 percent of the population on Earth, referred to as the Empaths.
What is an Empath?
An empath is an individual deeply attuned with their surroundings, to the point of feeling those emotions themselves.
The term Empath has gained popularity in recent times as more and more people awaken and step into their powers. This term is often used to define someone with a great deal or higher than the average level of empathy, to the extent of being an emotional sponge.
Remember, being empathetic and an empath isn’t the same thing.
When you are empathetic, you relate to other’s situations and put yourself in their shoes to drive a heartfelt dialogue. Being an empath, you feel their emotions and physical symptoms in your body.
Their senses are so keen that Empaths feel everything to an extreme from emotions, physical ailments, shifting energies to nuances surrounding them and have a profound connection with people, places, animals and nature. Often to the extent of taking on pain of others at their own cost.
Sadly, it’s challenging to follow this idea in our 3D view of life;
How people can just pick up on other’s thoughts and emotions, be it by the vibes they give off that tingles our spidey senses called intuition or our heightened awareness that enables us to read the micro-expressions and interpret them accurately.
Being an Empath is a life long learning affair. An empowered Empath can positively impact the world with their profound compassion and resonance, help many in need and drive the path to heal and empower.
While an unawakened Empath can suffer from severe stress, anxiety, depression or addictions like food, alcohol, drugs etc. to numb their feelings, unaware of their gifts and feeling misaligned & misfit in society.
Hence, it’s vital to attain a certain level of self-awareness and understanding, what it means to be an Empath and how to ground yourself, finding the balance between the intake of emotions from the world and releasing those.
If not managed carefully, this high degree of compassion could cause burnout. You can’t help others unless you help yourself.
So, how do you know if you are an Empath? Here, you go.
11 Traits Of An Empath
1. Empaths Have High Intuition and Acute Senses
One of the distinct qualities of an Empath is the ability to pick on subtle cues much faster than most people. Ever had this odd feeling, things are little off? You can’t really explain, but just know if an idea is worth pursuing or not. An empath’s nerves can get tattered by noise, smells, or excessive talking.
2. Empaths Need Alone Time to Recharge
While you genuinely care for the people around, taking on their emotions could be taxing. Unlike Extroverts who derive their energy from social interactions; Solitude is essential for Empaths. To ground, release and connect to their true self.
3. Empaths Feel Agitated in Crowded Places
Empaths don’t come with instruction booklets; they are high-strung and absorb both positive and negative emotions without a filter.
Better at 1-0-1 conversations; when it gets to public gatherings, they are struck by sudden overwhelming feelings from nowhere, challenging to manage.
4. Empaths are Walking Talking Lie Detectors
This gift is a blessing and a curse. Empaths can see through someone when rather be in the dark. This can be a useful skill but a disturbing one to have. It could be painful to have an internal radar to spot deception, especially if it’s your loved ones.
5. Empaths Have a Hard Time Saying, “No”
Empaths feel the urge to make others happy, no matter what. Saying “No” is a task for them (they are not good at) and take it as their mission is to help others’ at the expense of their own well-being. Naturally giving and deeply invested in their relations, they tend to tune out of their individual needs.
6. Empaths May Draw Narcissists and Energy Vampires
Empaths have a great understanding and compassion to offer; they love unconditionally and on a profound level. The toxic ones, like narcissists or energy vampires (they lack empathy and are self-serving), can make Empaths feel unworthy and unlovable, draining their life force to cater to their own needs. Other vampires include The Victim, The Chronic Talker, The Drama Queen and more.
7. Empaths May Struggle with Anxiety or Depression
Empaths are so sensitive to feelings, including their own, they may deal with a lot of self-doubt, stress, and anxiety. Soaking anger or frustrations from others is similar to getting punched in the gut without warning.
Also, many empaths live in seclusion, dodging emotionally tricky situations, which could lead to heightened anxieties.
8. Empaths Fear Intimacy in Relationships
Empaths need enough freedom to recharge their batteries. Connections asking too much togetherness can be complicated for an empath, so they may avoid close ties. Deep down, Empaths are scared of being immersed in relation and losing themselves. They are exposed to emotional illness and continuously battle to set boundaries.
9. Empaths Can Be Overwhelmed by Media
Empaths are sensitive to violence, tragedies and harsh situations. While TV can serve as a mode of entertainment to unwind and disconnect, this is unbearable for an empath. A three-hour drama or a murder-mystery is out of the question.
10. Empaths are Often Misunderstood
Sometimes, it’s hard for non-empaths to see and understand their struggles. Often, judged & misunderstood by people, Empaths say nothing in an attempt to fit in and accommodate others’ views.
11. Empaths Find it Challenging to Hold a Job
Corporate high-intensity routine isn’t suitable for all, especially for an Empath. They feel as though they are living a lie. Because of this trait, empaths often lax at their duties. They will shine if they enjoy what they do, but the moment stuff gets boring or dull, empaths run for the door.
Empaths, which of these dilemmas resonate with you? What would you add to this list? Let me know in the remarks below.