Empaths are human beings who actually experience the feelings and emotions—and sometimes even the thoughts—of other individuals, and oftentimes they are able to realize what another person is feeling before that person themselves is even aware of it. However, this makes it difficult for empaths to separate their own emotions from those of other human beings, and negative emotions tend to make them experience intense panic, fatigue, illness, or even depression. Indeed, recharging is not only necessary but vital, and spiritual healers are often required in order to recharge efficiently and effectively. Please read the list below to determine if you or anyone you know is an empath, and to learn how to best help yourself or someone else cope with the distinction itself.
15 traits which empaths often possess (but rarely discuss).
#1:They Have Hypersensitivity.
This enables empaths to be excellent listeners, givers, and spiritual believers; an empath’s heart is open and genuine, but this also means it’s very vulnerable as well.
#2: Emotional absorption.
As discussed, empaths absorb the emotions of others, for better or worse. This is unavoidable because empaths are so in-tune with the emotions which surround them.
#3: They Inherently Have High Introversion.
Empaths inherently prefer personal contact to group contact, and this fits the bill of an introvert very well.
#4: Most are Highly Intuitive.
Intuition makes it easier for empaths to make the right decisions in life, but it also makes life more challenging in the sense that empaths almost always feel as though they can help someone regardless of what their issues are (or how significant their issues are).
#5: They Love Living Solitary Lives.
This is another major characteristic of introverts, but empaths also need extensive alone time in order to recharge—so that they can continue to empathize with everyone once they have enough energy to do so.
#6: They Suffer From Daily Exhaustion.
Always empathizing is tiring, and sometimes empaths don’t have enough energy left for their partners or close loved ones because they’ve already used it all up before even making it home for dinner. What’s more, staying conscious of their own emotions amongst the onslaught of other people’s emotions is particularly draining as well.
#7: Often Fear Being taken advantage of.
Empaths have a bad habit of always saying “yes,” even when they know they shouldn’t have to say yes (and should say “no”). As a result of this, empaths are left with feelings of panic and unjustness, which are extremely difficult for any empath to deal with.
#8: They Are Outdoors lovers.
Nature helps empaths to recharge their empathetic batteries, so virtually all empaths treasure nature significantly.
#9: Highly Sensitive To Everything.
Empaths aren’t just sensitive emotionally—their senses of hearing and touch are also particularly heightened, which is another reason that empaths prefer personal interactions as opposed to group interactions.
#10: They Are Extremely Giving.
When an empath gives something to someone else, it is as if the empath has received a gift from the other person themselves.
#11: They Are Very Kind.
Just in case it doesn’t go without saying, empaths tend to be extremely kind without exception. Again, they know how it feels when other people are kind to them, so they want to experience this feeling by being kind to others as well.
#12: Some See That They Are Extremely Intelligent.
Empaths tend to be smarter than the average human being, possibly because they have learned so many more things by way of experiencing so many different things (and emotions).
#13: Inwardly Super Funny and Hilarious.
Empaths often have great senses of humour, perhaps because they’re so good at relating to other human beings in general.
#14: They Are Emotionally Reserved.
Empaths are used to letting other emotions come to them, and this generally translates to letting other people come to them rather than assertively seeking them out.
#15: They are Lifelong learners.
Even though empaths have experienced so many different emotions, they also realize that they’ll keep experiencing new ones for the rest of their lives—which is an extremely useful insight to learn on its own.
How empaths can protect themselves.
#1: Manage time efficiently and effectively (especially alone time).
#2: Set and enforce limits and boundaries related to your time and the degree of help which you will provide.
#3: Consciously experience your own emotions in addition to everyone else’s.
#4: Connect (and recharge with) nature whenever possible.
Life can be much harder for empaths in general, but if an empath masters their craft as much as it ever can be mastered, life can be more magnificent for empaths as well.