Am I An
When in public, do you constantly feel overwhelmed
with inexplicable emotions for which you can't
determine the reason? Well you might be asking
yourself...Am I an Empath...
Example: You drop by the mall one Saturday
morning. You feel great. You get into the mall, walk past a
crowd of people, and start feeling a bit strangely. It can be
anything – you can feel very down, very angry, very sad, very
excitable – the key word here is VERY. And you won’t have any
explanation for it, you just feel it.
In other words, you’ve suddenly gone Bi-Polar
without actually having the biological deficiency that causes
it. And what’s worse, you can’t turn it off. You can carry on,
trying to ignore it, but eventually it will be overwhelming to
the point you just want to go home and be alone.
This is the reality of an
– one who hasn’t yet learned how to block other people’s
emotions out. Being around other people is such a harrowing
experience, most of them prefer to keep their own company,
living the life of a hermit. And they usually find it very much
Do you experience other people's physical
This is most common with those you have an
emotional connection, but can occur with anyone. A very good
example of this would be suddenly feeling very lethargic and
fatiqued, for no reason, and having to remain in bed for a day
or two. You’re not sick – not really. You’re not ill. Yet, you
feel that you are, profoundly. You later find out that your
“illness” coincided with a lover’s or family member’s sudden
fatigue (resulting from legitimate illness)– even though they
were in another country at the time and you had no idea until
after the fact. Symptoms can also manifest in the form of chest
pains, cramps, migraines, etc – you basically experience it
all, without contracting the actual illness.
Do you feel overwhelmed
when watching something horrible in real life or even on
This one sounds silly, but viewing the news or
depressing commercials designed to induce sympathy and open
wallets, can debilitate an Empath for several hours. While most
people get upset over homeless dogs and cats, an Empath will
often feel like their hearts have been lanced. That’s a literal
definition, by the way. It’s not something as shallow as
sympathy or even regular empathy. It’s a feeling of guilt and
moral empathy that cannot be easily assuaged. Crying is very
common – and not just during that time of month when all the
emotions are out of whack!
Do you ALWAYS know what
someone really means?
In other words, can you always, always, always
tell what it is someone meant to say to you? More importantly,
can you tell why they didn’t? If an Empath is in person with
someone and they’ve just been lied to, they will know. And they
will know why. They will know if the other person is trying to
spare feelings, they will know if malice was involved – in
other words, they will know the intent. You cannot lie in the
face of an Empath and not be caught out. While they will not
usually be able to tell the specifics of what you’re hiding,
they will know if you mean them well or not – no exceptions.
This is more than good intuition. This isn’t a hunch, this is
A true Empath cannot walk past someone
suffering and not feel a need to stop and help that person.
Homeless people can be particularly difficult, as they are
everywhere and little can be done to help them unless the
Empath has an occupation related to this. A true Empath feels
compelled to go to anyone they feel pain from, be it angst or
something physical. And a true Empath's compassion will usually
be accepted on the spot – people in pain, no matter how they
would normally react to strangers, will receive an Empath with
open arms. They know, instinctively, that their pain matters to
Do people open up to you
– even if you don’t want them to?
Some Empaths are the new-agey peace loving
types – but many just want to be alone, because they have
difficulty processing everything they absorb from other people.
(This is usually because they have yet to realize their
abilities and haven’t learned to deal with it yet.) For an
Empath, however, putting on a grumpy face doesn't keep people
they barely know drawing near and seeking compassion and
empathy from them. The ill, the suffering, the weak – they are
all drawn to the unconditional understanding and compassion an
Empath emits. And Empaths emit it whether they want to or
That’s not to say Empaths can’t be mean and
nasty people. They surely can be. But it’s usually those
Empaths with the most profound sensitivity who have simply
broken down inside and have no other way of keeping other’s
emotions at bay. Again, these are Empaths who don’t know of
Most Empaths have the ability to heal. Yes,
that means physically. This isn’t about Reiki or any other
alternative modality – though they may seem similar in concept.
An Empath heals instinctively, usually by drawing the pain or
ailment out and accepting it into their own bodies. For obvious
reasons, this is not recommended for anyone who doesn’t know
how to keep from becoming ill in the process.
An excellent program from Dr. Michael Smith on
coping and understanding empath life can be found
Written by Isabella Snow