The Most Powerful Type Of Empath – Are You A Heyoka?

Empaths are individuals who are physically sensitive to other’s feelings and often more spiritual than the rest. These people have a gift to “read the mind” of people.

More precisely, empaths can feel what people are feeling and thinking, thus often, their lives are under the influence of other people’s intentions and moods.

But being an empath is not something you could easily learn. Even if one wants to be an empath, they might not succeed no matter how hard they try. Being an empath is something you take with you from birth.

Being an empath can have its own consequences, though. Many people born with this trait experience the feelings and thoughts of the people around them.

At times, they can even feel the physical symptoms of an illness or anxiety. As a consequence, they are often misdiagnosed as hypochondriacs.

Many people misunderstand empaths and fail to relate to everything they’re experiencing. And the empaths themselves know that because they can read the emotions of others.

Empaths are affected by other’s energies and their life is influenced by their environment unconsciously. Thus, when they’re anxious or sad, those emotions might be just a reflection of someone else’s feelings.

The Most Powerful Type of Empath

Some empaths manage to block out emotions and may even appear ignorant. However, there is one type of empathy that is most powerful – Heyoka.

The most important trait of Heyoka empaths is their ability to show the negative traits of the others. As the term (which means “sacred clown”) reveals, these individuals act as expressive reflectors to people in their environment.

The traits of a Heyoka empath may even include dyslexia or young appearance. In addition, they are born with the ability to help the people who express their negative traits.

Sometimes, their intentions may be misinterpreted and they may be accused of being intrusive or irritating. But being irritated or anxious after a conversation with Heyoka empath might mean that they were only mirroring the emotions you are releasing to the world.

Similarly, if you feel happy and confident afterwards, it might be that they have tried to show you how important it is to feel that way.

Many people would leave and not think about this experience. It is easy not to accept your flaws and always blame the others for your misfortunes. Or you could learn from a Heyoka and let them help you.

You could be open minded and share the experience with the Heyoka. It’s good to accept your negative traits and try to improve instead of running away from them.

Because there will be time when you will realize that you could’ve improved many things and you could’ve influenced other lives with your positive example.

The Heyoka empath will help you overcome everything and you will learn from them to be satisfied with yourself. They are wise and they have practiced their gift since they were born.

They will be your support when you need it and they will give you the best advice you could ask for when you find yourself in the middle of a crossroad.

By Elizabeth via curious mind mag

The signs you might be an ’empath’

Empathy is the ability most humans have to understand the way someone else is feeling. Unless you are a psychopath, narcissist, or sociopath, you will have the ability to feel empathy for others on some level.

How much empathy we feel is on a scale, and some people feel it more intensely than others. People very high up on the scale are known as empaths, and they take it to the next level.

“An empath is an emotional sponge,” Judith Orloff, psychiatrist and author of The Empath’s Survival Guide, told Business Insider. “[They are] somebody who absorbs the stress and also the positive emotions into their own bodies from other people.”

They don’t have the filters other people do

Being an empath doesn’t just mean having a lot of compassion. In many ways, empaths don’t have the normal filters other people do. They take in a lot of what’s going on around them, and are very sensitive to noise, smell, and excessive talking. This means they are easily overwhelmed in crowds, and can be exhausted after just short periods of time in social situations.

“They have gifts of intuition, of depth, of really caring for others, and having deep compassion,” Orloff explained, who is an empath herself. “They often give too much. They sometimes take on their loved ones’ pain in their bodies, so they actually feel it.”

They need time alone

To unwind, empaths often need time alone. Sometimes they need to sleep alone, which can be a tricky conversation to have with a partner. Things you expect in a relationship like being close can be draining to an empath, even if their partner’s intentions are good.

“I’ve known empaths who like sleeping alone, but they can’t tell their partner that. They just can’t go to sleep easily with someone in the bed,” Orloff said. “They toss and turn, or get in uncomfortable positions. One of my patients called it the ‘snuggle hold,’ where their partner liked to snuggle, and she felt she was trapped.”

It may be hard for some people to comprehend the idea of needing alone time in a happy relationship. This is one of the reasons empaths are often misdiagnosed as having depression or anxiety. They might be anxious and depressed, but this could be a result of the way they are being forced to live their lives.

After years of being told they are “over-sensitive,” many empaths grow up thinking there is something wrong with them, when really they have a gift, Orloff said. If empaths aren’t aware of who they are, everyday interactions that others find normal could be causing them damage.

Setting boundaries can be difficult

Boundaries are a real struggle for empaths, one reason being because they always want to please others, and not disappoint anyone.

Unfortunately, this means they can be taken advantage of by manipulative people. Narcissists and empaths attract each other, as narcissists see someone they can use, and the empaths see someone they can help and fix. Orloff helps her clients out with learning to stand up for themselves, and realising what is best for them.

“What I always tell them is ‘no’ is a complete sentence,” Orloff said. “Learn how to say ‘no,’ but don’t get into a big discussion about it. Just say ‘no, I’m sorry I can’t do this tonight, I’d rather stay home.’”

Orloff has self-assessment test at the beginning of her book where empaths can diagnose themselves. Once they have the answers, she says, they can start trying out some of the techniques, such as meditation.

“Empaths need to know that what they have is beautiful and much needed in our world today,” Orloff said. “And so my job as a psychiatrist is to help them with the challenges so that they can embrace and enjoy their gift.”


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5 Ways To Become A Healer And Not Just A Pain Absorbing Empath


Empaths are special beings with the ability to detect and absorb energy from the people they come in contact with. Not only can they simply understand others, they can also detect problems and heal them.

While empaths have a tendency to get caught up in chaos due to absorbing far too many energies, there is a way to channelize this endless energy flow and put it to good use. There are ways to direct one’s healing potential as an empath and use it for the betterment of the people around us. Here are 5 ways one can become a healer and nor just a pain absorbing empath.


Be confident

Acclaimed author and trance channel Barbara Marciniak once said, “Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence.”


To achieve this you must be confident and believe in yourself, and you will have the power to write your own destiny.


Be optimistic

When others are negative or undergo negative emotions, empaths tend to feel it and absorb it all. Instead of absorbing the pain you must understand it and channelize it in a positive direction. There may be an alternative way of looking at things. Find that way. Being optimistic and finding positivity will not only make you feel good, it will also help you heal the other.


Let go of insecurity

In life, you can’t make everyone happy. The sooner you learn this the better. Insecurity can prevent you from becoming a healer and you must let go of it to truly embrace your healing side.

Stay calm

Maintain a composed stance no matter how tough a situation gets. Just remember that the moment you get rid of tensions and stress, you immediately unlock your potential to be a healer. Don’t let negativity overcome you by becoming anxious or troubled.

Help others find their positive side

You should not only love yourself, you must also inspire others to love themselves as well. Show people their positive side, inspire them, and make them feel good about themselves. When you radiate positive energy onto someone you’re already on a journey towards healing them.

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Empath subcategory type 1: Indigos – Liz Schau

Indigos are a specific class of empaths. While “empath” is the general term for people who are highly sensitive, pick up on the energy and feelings of others, Indigos are like empaths on steroids. They are very mission- and goal-oriented and expect nothing but the best. They see through every facade, and hate them all. They are warriors at their core and to an Indigo, the average empath may come off as weak. Indigos know they are here to fight for the truth, to fight the good fight, to change this place once and for all. It is not enough to feel, they also have to do . Please know, one is not better than the other, but you can think of Indigos like a royal bloodline — they think, no know, they are special and have a reason for being here. They don’t think they are better than anyone else, but they feel they are worthy in their own right because of who they are. And they want change. It’s hard to determine if you are in fact an Indigo, but there are many factors that can lead you to believe this. First, your aura color will tell you if you are an Indigo and which hue. The Indigo spectrum ranges from blues to maroon to violet. You can visit a real intuitive or healer to determine your aura color. Additionally, you may feel drawn to the color purple — crave it in fact (much like the way an anemic craves iron), be mesmerized by higher spiritual information, and feel you are on a quest towards enlightenment. Generic and basic living bores the hell out of an Indigo and so you are always seeking and questioning. You will not accept anything at face value and until it feels true in your soul, you will not believe it. It is said that many Indigos have had past lives as Native Americans and so, past life recall may also help you determine if you are in fact Indigo. This could also explain the warrior spirit. Touchy-feely happy spirituality doesn’t interest an Indigo because they know they are participating in a war between good and evil; feeling good does nothing for an Indigo; creating good is what drives them. Many mystics believe the first great wave of Indigos were born in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s but to be honest, your birth year doesn’t matter so much here. Indigos have been with us for all time, but have recently incarnated in larger groups to help earth ascend. You can also do a self-assessment to see if the below traits have always described your personality. I will say, there are thousands upon thousands of videos and articles on the internet about Indigos. Many people think they are when they are not. Indigos make up only a small percentage of the empath community. You only know another Indigo when you feel it on them. It is like you have found a long lost friend in a stranger. They have pure hearts but they also don’t put up with bullshit. It may take them decades to get to the place where they begin acting out their true nature but they eventually will — if they don’t, they will become very sick and disconnected. How to tell if you are in Indigo: You know you have a specific purpose You may not know what this purpose is but you know you have one. You feel odd or different at times, knowing something inside of you is different compared to others. You may go out of your way to hide this feeling which can leave you sick and stressed. You feel some higher calling is part of your plan here. Part of the ego unraveling process will lead you to your ultimate purpose. Until you do so, you will feel like a wanderer in a strange place. After you shed your ego, you will make peace with your oddness. Others may take this internal confidence as cockiness or narcissism. They won’t understand why you are so different and accept this. You have very high expectations and standards You expect nothing but the very best out of yourself and others. While you hold others to a high standard in relationships, you also demand this of yourself. You can become perfectionist and disillusioned if you are not careful, and you will want to develop a sense of grace and forgiveness for those who are not as spiritually inclined as you. Expecting ethical interactions is not a negative but realistically, no one but you can live up to these standards. You should also work hard to not be your own worst enemy or only find fault with yourself when you cannot be perfect. You are highly intuitive and perceptive Indigo people see the world differently. You have an innate sixth sense that has called to you your entire life. You can read people’s energy (though perhaps you have never been aware of it), understand other’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions, and are at risk of internalizing all of it. You may posses a range of psychic abilities. Because of these things, you have an inherent self assurance, and you may not understand why others cannot develop these abilities in order to see the truth. It may also rub people the wrong way that you can see through them. You have problems with authority You don’t hate authority for no reason — you hate authority that serves no good purpose, or despise it when those in authority do not act in ethical ways. You have likely questioned authority your entire life, including laws, the way society has built-in checks and balances, why bosses and teachers treat subordinates in a certain way, and more. You know your soul is old and you know you posses an internal wisdom that deserves to be respected, no matter your age, income level, education level, sex, and more. This is completely contradictory to the 3D system. You are creative You could be a writer, artist, musician, etc. You find unconventional ways to express your subconscious mind and emotions because you have not felt safe expressing these things outright. Because you see the world in a different way, you naturally want to communicate these things to others through artistic mediums so they can grow. Even if you have never pursued the arts, you may feel like you would one day like to. You want to be a change-maker You easily see the failings of society and how things can be improved. Solutions abound for an Indigo, while others see only dead ends. You can’t believe so many societal, environmental, and health problems have not yet been eradicated when there are numerous genius solutions to these issues. Eventually in life, Indigos will come to a point where they can no longer sit by and wait for someone else to remedy the problems. You will begin to take a stand and take charge. You feel out of place To an Indigo, it feels like Earth is not your real home. It feels odd at times to live in a place so full of hatred, evil, and pain. When you see others having a great time here, you can’t wrap your head around it and feel you are the only one who truly feels how you do. You may have loner or rebel tendencies. You have a strong work ethic You feel very driven in life and let nothing stop you. You may have temporary setbacks but you always pick yourself up and keep going. You may have laser vision and really hone your talents and focus on your goals. Sometimes, Indigos can be prone to laziness because of the demands of the external world and how they pick up on others’ energy, but you will also feel guilty for taking a break so you get back on your mission. Once you understand your life path, you will begin to understand why you are so driven and will not give up. You are prone to existential crises Your soul is naturally restless and lives for change. You like changes of scenery, and new activities. Because of this, you can become easily frustrated with the same old day-in, day-out shit. Many Indigos are prone to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts because reality is often so harsh and contradictory to what they need from the world. Working the same job for 30 years will not appeal to you. Trying to fit in with others and society may be an adaptation strategy you implemented in the past, but you know it doesn’t truly make you happy. All of this leads you often to question the nature of reality, why we are all here, what you should be doing with your life, and can lead you to frustrations with your current situation. Indigos need special treatment because of their highly intuitive and driven nature. Unfortunately, they may spend their entire lifetime seeking someone who understands and not find it. But once you understand these things for yourself, you can form adaptation strategies that help you survive the 3D world while pursuing the 5D. Keep on your purpose and you will be able to abate the existential crises.

15 Things You Do When You’re An Empath

15 things you do when you’re an empath

An empath is someone who can tune into the emotional energy of a person or an animal. Many people go through their lives dealing with heightened senses, intuition, emotions, and feelings, never realizing that they are empaths. If you…


♥ 1.If you ask someone how they are feeling but you already know…

An empath can read others emotions, immediately understanding how they are feeling and understanding that person’s energy.

♥ 2. If your quiet time is more important than partying…

Being surrounded by others can be great, until your senses are heightened and all you want to do is curl up in bed with a book.

♥ 3. If you put the I in introvert…

Or if you simply skip the party and stay in bed with your book no matter what.

♥ 4.If your sensitivities get the best of you…

A dog came up to you? Cry.

♥ 5.If you prefer to be around animals rather than humans…

When your conversations with your animals are better than you’ve ever had with a person.

♥ 6. If you are sensitive to chemicals, alcohol and caffeine…

When you drink a cup of coffee and it feels like you’re on crack, even if you have no idea what crack is.

♥ 7. If you value your crystals more than diamonds…

Do your crystals have their own windowsill?

♥ 8. If you hear plants singing to you…

If you feel like you fell down the rabbit hole everytime you walk outside.

♥ 9. If you feel the judgements of others, like knives in your back…

Everyone must like you, and if they don’t it immediately affects how you view yourself.

♥ 10. If you’re a people pleasing Polly…

Everyone must be happy for you to be happy.

♥ 11. If you become overstimulated or overwhelmed easily…

A crowd of people? My head hurts.

♥ 12. If you can read people like a crystal ball…

“Hey Linda i’m getting a sense that you need some chocolate, everything okay?”

♥ 13. If you can walk by a stranger and sense danger…

A bad aura? Stranger danger on a whole new level.

♥ 14. If you walk around feeling like an open wound…

Everything hurts, and you just want to cry.

♥ 15. If you have visions or dreams of the future…

Screw deja vu I know exactly how tomorrow’s going to go.

I know how difficult it can be to navigate your day as an empath, that is why I created a site full of resources and tools to help you live your best life!

Decoding the Empath: Clairempathy: Known also as an Empath, this is the gift of clear knowing and emotion. Your senses, intuition, emotions and feeling are heightened. With the gift of being an Empath you will have one or more heightened senses. It is through these heightened senses that the energy will flow inside your body and you will experience physically what the other person is experiencing.

An Empath has a physical connection to others on an internal level. All empaths are also sensitive souls. When the gift of clairempathy is off balance, you will experience heightened emotions, manipulation, uncontrollable mood swings, and may even experience depression and/or anxiety.

So if you can relate to any and all of these things, you are most likely an empath. Going through each day with a physical connection to others on an internal level can be draining. Take our complimentary empath test

Take our complimentary empath test  to find out whether or not you are truly an empath, and further your knowledge with Jeanne Street’s Empath Master Class at Goddess Youniversity

I would love to hear how your sensitive side challenges you…  leave your comment or questions  in the comment section! 
I hope this information shines some light on how you can manage your energy.
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11 Things That Explain What It’s Like to Be an Introverted Empath

If you’re an empath, you already know that you experience the world in a unique way. Empaths have the innate ability to feel other peoples’ emotions as if they were their own. This allows them to understand people in profound and intimate ways, as well as heal emotional pain.

However, due to their compassion and caring, empaths are often taken advantage of. And it’s not easy to go through life absorbing the feelings of others (sometimes even those of complete strangers!). But I’m here to let you know that you’re not alone; there are more people like you out there than you might think. And there are things you can do to manage the emotional overwhelm you sometimes feel.

Upon discovering the term “empath,” it helped explain some things about why I am the way I am. There are a lot of ways I describe my personality: an introvert or a highly sensitive person (HSP), but I think being an empath is really at the core of who I am.

So, here are 11 things that helped explain some of the “unusual” parts of my personality that I felt confused about my whole life. Can you relate?

What It’s Like Being an Introverted Empath

1. Empaths walk in other people’s shoes with little effort.

One of the easiest and most natural things for an empath to do is understand what another person is going through. That is, in essence, the definition of the word “empathy,” which Merriam-Webster describes as the “action of understanding, being aware of, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another.” In short, empathy is walking in someone’s shoes even if they’ve walked a completely different path than anything you’ve experienced. Now, this isn’t to say that empaths have a supernatural ability to comprehend any human situation, experience, or feeling — we’re not psychics — but we pretty easily “get” you.

2. We feel deeply.

I don’t know how else to explain it, but it’s as if my emotions seem to be more heightened than others around me. This can be both a blessing and a curse. On the upside, I feel joy, peace, and happiness strongly. However, there are times where a greater tendency towards apathy would make my life easier; it’s tiring to constantly be experiencing intense emotions. For example, when I’m stressed or struggling, my insomnia worsens, my mood plunges, I listen to a lot of sad music, and it becomes all too easy to choke up and lose myself.

3. We can be brought to tears over seemingly insignificant things.

I’ve cried while looking at an exhibit in a museum, reading a book, listening to someone tell a sad (or heartwarming) story, and especially while watching or reading the news. Tears come easily to me, sometimes over seemingly “insignificant” things. When they do, I need to assess where they’re coming from: Is the emotion mine, or does it belong to someone else? For the deeply sensitive empath, the line can be blurry.

4. We are passionate.

One reason introverted empaths get emotional is we have a large capacity for passion. If there’s a cause, person, or group we truly care about, we will throw ourselves fully into the effort. Being an introvert, I do not crave the spotlight, and I generally avoid making myself the center of attention. But if I believe what I’m doing will truly make a difference, I’ll step out of my comfort zone. That’s when you may not recognize the enthusiastic, assertive person I become.

5. We listen because we truly care.

Introverts in general are known for being good listeners. Combine an introvert with an empath, and you magnify that ability. As empaths, it’s against our nature not to care. When you can sense other peoples’ emotions, you can’t help but care for them. You can’t help but be caught up in their triumphs and struggles. You can’t help but listen with interest.

6. We love serving.

It’s hard for us to turn a blind eye to suffering, whether it’s a friend or a stranger on the street. Because we take on others’ feelings, we take on others’ suffering, too. As a result, empaths have servant hearts. It doesn’t matter if there’s something else we’re supposed to be doing or previous plans we had scheduled. If someone is hurting — and we can do something about it — we will.

Of course, sometimes this causes problems for us. Other people see our generosity and take advantage of it — especially those who are toxic, emotionally needy, or even sociopathic. That’s why, if you’re an empath, it’s crucial that you have strong healthy boundaries in place.

7. Sometimes we understand other people’s feelings but not our own.

It’s kind of like knowing who is crushing on your friend but being completely oblivious to the possibility that someone likes you. Reading other people’s feelings? For an empath, that’s a piece of cake. Sorting out our own complex inner turmoil as an introvert? More often than not, a complete and utter fail! You’d think self-awareness is a fundamental human trait, but for some of us, it’s a bit trickier to figure out. Empaths feel and understand so much that separating their own feelings from the feelings of others can be a daunting task — albeit a necessary one.

8. We read people well.

People are the brightest thing on our radar. We read them well, noticing body language and tone of voice, a slight hesitation here, a sudden change of topic there. Perhaps this is what feeds our empathy. When you notice subtle emotional signals, you can’t help but be drawn in. And whatever you do, don’t lie to an empath. Because we notice so much about people, we’re practically walking lie detectors.

9. We make strong, lasting connections.

Once we bond with someone, it can take on a hint of “till death do us part.” Even when we’re separated by distance and time, we are probably still thinking about you — people mean a lot to us, even though we, as introverts, may not be the best at showing it. And when we do get to see each other again, expect us to pick up right where we left off.

10. We’re labeled overly sensitive or emotional.

Growing up, I can’t tell you how many times I was told I was being “too emotional” or “too sensitive.” If you, too, have been told this, you might be an empath.

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11. Empaths are sought after but under-appreciated.

Yes, empaths are emotional. Yes, we are sensitive. But we don’t see these as bad things. There’s nothing wrong with feeling deeply or caring passionately. In fact, the world would be a better place if we all had a little more empathy.

Perhaps introverted empaths experience this one more than extroverted empaths. When you listen attentively, genuinely care, and have little interest in hogging the conversational spotlight, people and their problems flock to you. It doesn’t matter if someone knows you hardly at all, but something about being an empath makes people bare their souls to you. It’s not really that much of a shock that this happens if you consider how good at being understanding empaths are, though it can at times become frustrating. We do care immensely about the wellbeing of others, and that’s why we may bite our tongues and sit down to listen to someone rant about the same things, again. However, empaths need to beware of one-sided relationships where they’re giving all of themselves and not receiving anywhere near the same in return.

A Final Note to Empaths

My dear empaths, you were born hard-wired to care deeply. To put others first. To understand. To heal. Your selfless attitude is both courageous and compassionate.

But don’t neglect to take care of yourself. There will be people who won’t appreciate your sensitivity or who will seek to take advantage of your empathy. These are the people that not worth anguishing over.

Instead, seek out people who value and support you as much as you value and support them. Being introverts, we have limited social energy, so we need to be extra selective about who we spend our time with. And as empaths, we must protect our sensitive hearts.

And don’t let anyone convince you that caring for other people isn’t worth it. But then again, I’m sure you know that already.

Monologue: Hi, I’m an Empath Now – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Hi there. You probably know me best from my angry tweets about rich people, white feminists, and men in general. When I’m not busy being outraged, I occasionally tweet about Mercury Retrograde or Netflix’s Dumplin’.

You may get confused as to why I have so much emotion all the time, so it’s important for me to speak my truth. And quite frankly, I’m kind of upset that I’m the one who had to bring it up. It’s very important that you understand that I am an EMPATH. Being an EMPATH means that I am particularly sensitive to all those around me, and feel their emotions very deeply.

For example, even though I am a white cis-woman, my status as an EMPATH means that every act of racism hits me just as deeply as it hits people of color. When white women writers pen personal essays disagreeing with Marie Kondo’s philosophies, my heart aches for their ignorance of Asian culture — just as much as if I were Asian. And if you can’t understand that, you are an emotional vampire.

This is also why transphobia can totally wreck my month: It’s because of my giant heart. As an EMPATH, I just feel so intensely that it’s basically like I’m transgender. And thus totally equipped to be a spokesperson for the non-binary peoples of America.

Speaking of peoples, it hurts me so much when white people use words like “spirit animal” in their everyday language. When you say “spirit animal,” it feels like rich white men are burrowing the Dakota Access Pipeline right through the backyard of my own Williamsburg townhouse!

My high level of sensitivity also makes me extremely susceptible to overheard microaggressions. If you work with me, you should probably understand that it’s completely on you to manage my deep emotional sympathies. For example, yesterday Paul from Accounting totally called everyone in the business development meeting “guys,” and I cried for hours (in between tweets). I mean, there were women-identified people in that meeting! They acted like they didn’t notice, but my empath nature was completely wrecked until I could go to the office nap room and sleep it off.

Being an empath also means that I get overwhelmed easily. My heart is so heavy with the other peoples’ trauma that I need to hole up in my bed for a few days to feel “normal” again. Because of this, it’s important that you understand I will not fulfill any duties whatsoever while I am in recuperation mode and I’d thank you very much to feed my cats.

This is me and this is who I am. I will not apologize for feeling so deeply and being completely annoying at parties. In the long three-day journey it’s taken me to find out about empaths on Elite Daily and subsequently self-define as one, I’ve overcome a lot. My identity as an empath has truly given me the freedom to be myself. Thank you for listening, even though it would’ve been totally shitty if you didn’t. I look forward to you walking on eggshells around me until a new personality type is trending.

What Are Empaths? 14 Empath Traits And Scientific Theories

In science fiction and fantasy stories, empaths are able to detect and understand the emotions of people around them. So, are empaths real? As it turns out, there is credible scientific evidence of empaths. Intense empathy isn’t supernatural. Rather, it’s an evolved form of intuition that may relate to a range of biological and psychological differences between you and other individuals. While there are undoubtedly enormous benefits to being an empath, there are also significant struggles associated with this skillset.

If you have high levels of empathy, they must be carefully managed in order to prevent burnout. This guide will help you understand what being an empath means and can help you learn how to tell whether you are one of them. We’ll also explore the latest scientific research on empaths, such as studies revolving around mirror neurons in humans. These studies may be able to shed light on why some people develop in this unique way.

What Are Empaths?

In a nutshell, empaths are individuals who pick up and absorb the emotions of others around them. Sometimes described in terms of reading another person’s energy, this skill comes to the fore both in close relationships and in superficial interactions with strangers. This high level of sensitivity means that empaths are highly capable of offering understanding and compassion. Similarly, it also means that they can easily become overwhelmed.

It’s also important to note that many empaths aren’t limited to detecting emotions. They may also pick up physical sensations and can sense someone’s spiritual orientation. They may also be able to tune into a person’s motivation or immediately read their intentions.

In some cases, empaths are entirely aware that they are experiencing feelings that don’t belong to them. However, in other cases (and especially in early life), empaths may be genuinely confused by what they pick up. Consequently, they may find it hard to know what they really want. Self-reflective journalling and therapy can be extremely useful to an empath; these processes allow them to examine their thoughts, emotions, and desires without the usual level of interference.

With this broad picture in mind, we can now move on to look at the main traits that are commonly seen in empaths.

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Are You An Empath? 14 Traits Of An Empath

Empaths can experience their gifts differently, especially depending on when (or whether) they realize that they are significantly different from the average person.

In addition, empathy (like all traits) comes by degrees, so some empaths will notice all fourteen major signs while others may only spot a handful. However, if you’re an empath, there’s a good chance that you’ve had most of these experiences at least once in your life.

Think of the following list as a kind of empath test; if you’re asking “Am I an empath or just sensitive?”, canvassing these traits may help you to clarify your self-conception.

1. Empaths are highly sensitive and emotional.

Empaths are very open, easy to trust, and very responsive to emotional experiences (whether their own or someone else’s).

This sensitivity means you can experience the highest highs, but it also curses you with the lowest lows, and with a propensity to be deeply hurt by fractured relationships. If you’re an empath, you may go through a wide range of emotions every day, both because of your own responses to life and because of what you pick up.

2. They are often introverts and need alone time.

While you likely love intensely and genuinely care for people, your propensity to take on their emotions means that alone time is essential. Indeed, most empaths recharge when they’re on their own, rather than deriving energy from social situations (like extroverts do).

So, if you have higher than average levels of empathy, there are probably many weekends when you’d rather curl up at home with a good book than accept an invitation to a party.

3. Unfortunately, empaths are easy targets for manipulators.

Your empathy means that people may sometimes take advantage of you. Consequently, they may manipulate you into a position where you meet their emotional needs and get very little out of the relationship yourself.

For example, you may have noticed that you often attract narcissists (who are at the opposite end of the empathy spectrum) and victims (who need to be “rescued” by compassionate individuals). Consequently, empaths need to be careful about who they let into their hearts.

4. They have great intuition and keen senses.

One of the most obvious empath traits is the ability to pick up on subtle cues way earlier than most people. So, you might notice a potential romance between two friends before anyone else does or you may pick up indications of danger very quickly. Plus, you probably have a talent for taking calculated risks.

This intuitive sharpness is one of the great benefits of empathy and gives you an edge in many areas of life.

5. They take on other people’s feelings and issues.

As noted above, being an empath makes you susceptible to muddling your emotions with those of others. For example, you might take on the bad moods of colleagues and end up fighting with your partner. Or, you may passively absorb the views of a group that do not typically represent your values.

Creating and maintaining boundaries between yourself and others is a vital part of living with enhanced empathy, allowing you to identify what’s really yours.

6. Empaths tend to be incredibly creative.

The heightened emotions and experiences of empaths gives them an enormous wealth of material to express in creative ways. If you’re an empath, it’s likely that you are frequently inspired because of what you feel.

Some empaths are traditional artists, musicians or writers, while others are actors, dancers, or physically expressive in other ways. In many cases, creative acts help empaths release pent-up emotion in a healthy, productive way.

origins-video7. People say they are great listeners.

Unsurprisingly, the friends and family of empaths often report that they are fantastic listeners. This is because being a truly good listener requires putting yourself in the other person’s shoes; no one is better at doing that than someone who intuitively picks up emotions.

Empaths are often wonderful at putting a loved one’s feelings into words, making them feel understood, respected and less alone. Consequently, empaths often gravitate towards jobs that involve listening (e.g. counseling and teaching).

8. They hate to say no.

Due to being able to feel other people’s disappointment, desperation and sadness, empaths really hate to have to say no. This means they often take on way too many commitments! Unfortunately, this is usually all so that they can meet the need of their friends, family members or co-workers. If you’re an empath, you’re also so used to doing emotional labor for other people that you may just automatically expand this to induce general favors, even if you’re already over-burdened.

9. Empaths are human lie detectors.

In general, you’ll benefit from the ability to pick up lies in other people. It can help you make early decisions about whether to trust someone with a secret, for example. It can also help you protect your loved ones from liars. The less pleasant side of being a human lie detector is that it allows you to see through someone when you’d rather stay in the dark. This can be painful, even though it’s helpful.

10. They often suffer from fatigue and anxiety.

There are many positive effects of kindness on health. However, if you’re an empath then the level of kindness you extend to others may be downright exhausting. You can be so busy trying to carry other people’s emotions, listening to their issues and helping them solve their problems that you become physically fatigued or emotionally strung out. As a result, empaths are susceptible to chronic fatigue syndrome and to mental health issues likes anxiety and depression.

11. They can be easily overwhelmed by their empathic powers.

Even once you understand your empathy quite well and have learned techniques to separate your emotions, it’s very easy to tip back over into being overwhelmed again.

For example, if someone you love is in distress, you might be utterly swamped by their sadness. Meanwhile, if you’re in a large crowd then the proximity of so many minds and emotions can feel too much to bear. These are some of the many reasons why empaths need time alone.

12. Empaths love to be surrounded by nature.

Everyday life tends to be hectic and noisy, so it’s no wonder that empaths thrive in nature. If you have a high level of empathy, being out in wide-open spaces can feel wonderfully quiet and replenishing. In fact, many empaths cite being by the ocean or going for walks in the country as necessary ingredients of their self-care routines. As well as offering peace and quiet, time in nature can give you a sense of release.

13. They are chronic daydreamers.

One of the less obvious empath signs is consistent daydreaming. This is often associated with the vivid imagination of the empath. Consequently, this allows you to contemplate an endless range of scenarios (especially scenarios that are highly emotionally evocative).

In addition, daydreaming can feel like a way of escaping everyday life. So, many empaths will turn to the power of their creative minds. This can help to distract them from the overwhelming emotions of others around them.

14. Empaths often neglect themselves.

Empaths can become so focused on the needs and feelings of others that they effectively begin to “tune out” their own needs. In extreme cases, this can lead to self-neglect, leading you to become physically or emotionally unwell. To live a full, happy life, someone with high levels of empathy needs to deliberately spend time noticing their own thoughts and feelings. A daily mindfulness or meditation practice can help with this, cultivating a habit of self-reflection.

6 Scientific Theories Behind Empathy

Now that you have a better sense of whether you qualify as an empath, you may be wondering what on earth accounts for this ability. Intuiting the feelings and thoughts of others can feel downright bizarre and unnerving sometimes. Meanwhile, if you don’t identify as an empath and find yourself becoming an empath skeptic, you are probably wondering whether there is really any credible evidence that such individuals actually exist.

As it turns out, there are at least six plausible scientific explanations for what may seem, on the first inspection, to be an implausible superpower. We’ll summarize the latest research below. Plus, we will try to explain the ramifications it could have for developing a better understanding of empathy in the future. While the jury is still out regarding why exactly some people develop an enhanced capacity for empathy, it’s highly likely that one or more of the following hypotheses will prove correct.

1. Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorder is a condition that makes the affected individual’s brain struggle to work through the information absorbed from the world around them. It can make you oversensitive to everything from smells to sounds and light touches on the skin. This process can be perceived as painful. And when life gets too noisy or over-stimulating in some other way you may wobble on your feet, trip up easily, and find it difficult to judge distances. Some people even report dizziness, as well as increased anxiety.

Now, how does all of this relate to empathy? Some scientists have suggested that sensory sensitivity may also occur at the level of emotions in some people. This would make them much more aware of the feelings of others. On this view, enhanced empathy is the emotional equivalent of feeling pain at the gentlest touch on your arm.

As for what causes sensory processing disorder in the first instance, the evidence is mixed. Some studies indicate a genetic component (so empaths may have at least one highly empathetic parent), and others link sensory processing disorder to abnormal brain activity that occurs in response to noise or light.

2. Empaths Could Have Overactive Mirror Neurons

In the simplest terms, mirror neurons are brain cells that have a proven link to human compassion. It is because of these neurons that the majority of us are able to experience at least minimal empathy. For example, feeling sad when someone is hurting, or experiencing happiness in the face of another person’s joyful success.

Studies show that the mirror neurons activate during empathetic engagement between physicians and patients. Brain scans indicate that when we see someone experiencing an emotion, these mirror neurons fire in areas of the brain that correspond to those observed emotions. Scientists have found that mirror neurons also play a role in the behavior of other animals, especially primates.

The connection between mirror neurons and empaths is that there’s a strong possibility that more neurons may lead to more intense empathy. So, if you’re an empath, you may have a larger than average proliferation of these brain cells. Once again, there is likely to be a genetic component in play here.

However, research into other determining factors is ongoing. Meanwhile, people who have some form of antisocial personality disorder (e.g. sociopaths and psychopaths) may have fewer than average mirror neurons.

3. Electromagnetism

On an entirely different note, many of the above empath symptoms could be explained by electromagnetism. This particular theory derives from some fascinating work conducted by researchers at the HeartMath Institute, who have explored whether our electromagnetic fields are capable of influencing the magnetic fields of others.

In particular, the HeartMath Institute has discussed findings suggesting that our hearts and brains generate their own, unique electromagnetic fields. These fields are thought to be able to communicate certain content about the individual’s feelings, desires and beliefs, even those among us who are not natural born empaths.

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These facts about electromagnetism mean that it is possible that empaths have a heightened sensitivity to the electromagnetic fields by the hearts and brains of people in their vicinity. Consequently, the empath could become so sensitive that this process is emotionally and physically draining. It remains an open question whether empaths can do anything to regulate this sensitivity.

Other promising areas of future research include whether the impact on the empath varies depending on facts about the field produced by the other individual. If so, we could conclude whether this indicates anything significant about the potential depth of relationship that might develop between the empath and the other person.

4. Hormone And Chemical Sensitivities

Parts of empath psychology could also relate to hormone levels, and to levels of neurotransmitters (i.e. chemical messengers in our brains).

One particularly promising contender is dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in how we respond to pleasure (and how we learn to develop habits that promote pleasure in the longer term). Studies on dopamine levels in the general population indicate that introverted people are most sensitive to dopamine when compared to extroverted individuals. This means that introverted people tend to need lower levels of dopamine in order to experience happiness and pleasure. It’s possible that this tendency generalizes.

So, if you’re an introverted empath, you may just be more sensitive to small chemical changes in the body, including those that are induced by contact with other people. In addition, there may be other hormones and neurotransmitters in play when it comes to empathy.

Further research may reveal other links between empathy and biological sensitivity. This could, in turn, lead to research on how we might enhance empathy in those who lack it.

5. Emotions May Be Contagious

We are now beginning to understand just how contagious emotions can be. Emotion contagion is now a documented phenomenon; it helps to explain how and why we pick up the feelings of those around us. Even the average individual is impacted by emotional contagion. For example, babies cry when they can hear other infants becoming upset. Plus, if one person exhibits signs of anxiety then it can quickly begin to spread throughout a bigger group.

Positive emotions can be contagious too. For example, random acts of kindness statistics show that people become more compassionate when they receive compassion, and the benefits of acts of kindness can also extend to those who merely observe compassion.

To trace out the implications that this has for our scientific understanding of empaths, consider that empaths may be biologically or psychologically more likely to “catch” emotional contagions. However, the exact mechanism via which this might occur still remains mysterious. There is also a positive piece of learning here for empaths. Specifically, research on emotional contagion shows how empaths can surround themselves with upbeat, happy and encouraging people in order to deliberately catch good feelings from others.

6. Synesthesia

The final hypothesis worth considering is that empaths may experience a unique form of synesthesia. Synesthesia is a neurological trait that links two different senses that wouldn’t normally be associated with each other. For example, some individuals with synesthesia will taste particular flavors when they see certain colors. Others will associate numbers with a musical sound. In addition, some forms of synesthesia might include smelling scents when listening to songs. Or, linking particular colors to specific bodily sensations. Many people say this is a key part of their creativity; they simply don’t know what life is like for the rest of us!

However, in the case of empaths, some researchers have theorized that something called mirror-touch synesthesia is occurring. This type of condition would allow the empath to literally feel what other people are feeling. This is described as though these emotions are originating in their own bodies and not outside them. On this view, excessive empathy is a medically benign neurological abnormality that comes with benefits and challenges, just like all forms of synesthesia.

To investigate this hypothesis further, scientists may want to test whether empaths tend to have other, overlapping forms of regular sense synesthesia as well.

In Conclusion…

While many wonderful and perplexing questions remain, we have seen how the experiences of empaths may be explained from a scientific perspective. We’ve also looked at how we can distinguish enhanced empathy from mere sensitivity. Try to consider some of the ways in which you might get the best out of being an empath. However, make sure you continue to protect yourself from some of the associated dangers.

What are your experiences of empathy, both in yourself and others? Do you wish you were more or less empathetic, and why?

Please comment to let us know if you are an empath! Tell us whether the description in the article rings true to you.

These 10 Things Show That You’re In The Presence Of An Empath (#7 Is A Shocker!)

Some people have this strange quality of comforting you when you are down and out. These people are known as the Empaths. They have a quality of understanding the pain of others just by looking into their eyes. They possess a magnetic-like mechanism where you will get attracted towards them and even when they are complete strangers you will bare your soul to them.

If all of these have happened to you, then you are an empath. So, next time, when someone unleashes their innermost emotion to you, try not to judge them, rather give them some comforting advice.

Marshall Rosenberg, an author of Non-Violent Communication, explained that empathy is when you express through body language rather than words. It can be best described as the connection between two people over the feelings that are there in one person and the other can feel it too.

10 remarkable traits of an empath

1.They can sense disturbed minds

Not everybody is gifted to read through the lines. When someone says, ‘I’m fine’ we take it at their face value. But, an empath will read between the lines and understand the turmoil that the person is going through without them uttering a single word. They are not highly sensitive or emotional rather they have a complete understanding of their emotions and yours as well.

2.They are a lie-detector

They have this amazing power of understanding that you are lying just by looking into your eyes. Nobody loves dishonest people and so do the empaths. They cannot stand lies and deceit.

3.Negativity turns them off

The problem with an empath is that once they have felt something they cannot shrug it off their mind, even if it is full of negativity. They would stay away from stories of hatred, heartbreak or violence.

4.Crowds exhaust them

There is no fixed rule that only an introvert is an empath rather an extrovert or ambiverts can also be empaths. The reason why the empaths try to stay away from the crowds is that they absorb lots of energy from the people surrounding them and at the end of the day they get exhausted. This happens even when the empath is basically an extrovert.

5.A good advisor

Empaths are a good advisor and their sole aim is to drag you out of your misery. So, if you come across an empath and their advice, then make sure you follow their tips. It will definitely help you come out of your problems and heal you inside out.

6.Feels the same

Some people will try to console you by saying that they understand what you are going through, but an empath feels your emotion for sure. They will feel your depression, anxiety or your ill health just the way you are doing. This is the reason why you will feel connected with them instantaneously.

7.Strange acts of electronics

Though it may sound creepy, many empaths have reported that when they are around the electronic things start acting weird. Like, even when the battery is fully charged it will die out, the bulb will explode, cars come to a halt without any rhyme or reason and they will also get electric shocks out of things that generally don’t shock other people.

8.Soothing sound suits them

There are certain things like loud pitched noise, certain buzzes or textures, materials that are quite disturbing for them. They try to stay away from them and also from bright lights. They prefer to listen to soothing sounds, gentle textures, and delicate tastes.

9.They get tired very soon

Normal people get tired when they have to go through a lot on their own. Can you imagine how an empath would feel? They have to bear the brunt of their emotions and feelings along with others which can mentally drain them out completely. But, thankfully, they have their own mechanism of releasing the negative energy and protect themselves from mental drainage.

10.Stays away from narcissist

Empaths hate the narcissists like anything and they will do everything possible to stay away from them. They just smell them from a mile’s distance and won’t even the tread the path that gets past them.

The Alpha Empath: Where Strength And Sensitivity Intersect

Empathy is the ability of a person to understand the way someone else is feeling. Except for a psychopath, sociopath or a narcissist, everyone else have the ability to feel empathy for others for a certain level. An empath is a person who poses the above said ability to a whole new level where they can feel other people’s feelings and thoughts very strongly. Famous psychiatrist Judith Orloff define empaths as “emotional sponge” because of their ability to absorbs the stress and negative emotions into their body from others around them. Based on the description, I guarantee that you have imagined an empath to be a calm and flattering person who is sensitive, silent and co-dependent. Some or most of the above traits you might have assumed are truly present in empaths. Life of an empath is always overwhelming stressful due to the thoughts and emotions flowing in from others in every direction. Most of the empaths are hypersensitive to light, sound and scents as they feel everything much stronger than an average person. Therefore, mostly they would choose calm and quietness above social life, hence could be misunderstood as an unsocial and a weak person. Another reason for empaths to be judged as weak is due to their high exposure to everything and everyone around them, they get mentally drained and would depend comfort in their partners and friends. But the truth is empaths are not weak. NOT AT ALL Most of the empaths poses the traits of what we traditionally call in “An alpha personality”. ALPHA EMPATHS ARE BOTH GENTLE & STRONG When it comes to careers, do you know a shocking number of empaths have chosen to serve the vulnerable people in the society? If you have time to sit and talk with a few nurses, hospice workers and animal rehabilitators, you will notice that most of them are highly sensitive to what others are going through. Their strong feeling towards other people’s suffering is mostly what have drawn then towards their chosen careers. This is where the alpha aspect of empaths plays its part It could be obvious that the people mentioned above are quiet and meek characters. But imagine how much strength is necessary to work with people and animals who are going through terminal illnesses? A person who is suffering with Alzheimer could bash a hospital worker for no possible reason. Still they will treat the patient with so much love and care An animal which they have treated with love might scream for a day in pain before passing away. A cute looking child with incurable cancer might talk about their future plans to a nurse who have to listen to the child with a smiling face. Just imagine for a minute about the courage and strength needed to carry out these tasks on daily basis. ALPHA EMPATHS CAN BE NATURAL LEADERS Due to the ability to think in another person’s brain and to feel in another person’s heart, Alpha empaths are born leaders. Just imagine a board meeting or a negotiation. If a person and sense what other people think and feel, it is very easy to get everyone united to a common objective. With their ability, they can create enthusiasm in naysayers and make hesitant people feel reassured. An alpha empath would lead a group or an organization in a very compassionate and humane way. They will create greater connection, collaboration and coordination in the group which they lead. An empathic boss would understand if one of the employee is struggling even though they try to pretend they are totally fine. Also they would sense in advance if any employee is about to create some sort of a problem in the organization. An empathic leader would choose compassion and negotiation to get everyone in line towards a shared objective instead of demanding to follow commands. ALPHA EMPATHS ARE HARD TO BE MANIPULATED Some empaths get manipulated and mistreated by narcissists because they does not like to create pain and suffering to others. Instead they will silently absorb everything. Some people always try to ware down sensitive people with emotional and mental assault to get what they want. This will not work with alpha empaths. Just using the glance of the eye, an alpha empath has the ability to remind the manipulator where the door is and they should probably leave to wherever they came from. Any empath can sense the intentions of the manipulator due to their mind reading capability. This particular alpha does not only read the mind, but also will use the best tactic to escape from it or even reverse it back towards the manipulator. ALPHA EMPATHS HAVE INCREDIBLY FULFILING RELATIONSHIPS When you think of an alpha, you would normally imagine a demanding and arrogant person. An alpha empath isn’t like any other alpha. A person who is compassionate and prime at the same time would be a perfect choice for a long term relationship. Am alpha empath would know exactly what and how things should be done, but does not their needs ahead of their loved ones. Even in family life, they would know how things should operate and how to lead the family towards prosperity. They would lead the family by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard and every idea is taken into consideration. There are other perks in having an empathetic partner. They would know what you want way before you even ask for something. They would understand their partner’s dreams and aspirations and would be very supportive in fulfilling them. Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly strong and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. Source: Auxx