Empaths are the feelers and take-up other people’s problems as their own. Read on to know what can lead to frequent emotional burnout in empaths and highly sensitive people.
What is an “Empath”?
You may have come across the term “Empath”. But what does being an Empath really mean?
We all have come across people that are highly sensitive to the subtleties of emotions and needs of others, are highly intuitive and can pick up on the intricacies and vibes of things around them that most people would miss.
These are the Empaths, Intuitive and Highly Sensitive people (HSPs) of the world. Their ability to pick up on the emotions and energies of others is unparalleled.
“It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so very deeply.”― David Jones
Because of their innate ability to feel the emotions of others, their tendency to get intuitive insights and flashes and their hyper alert sense organs that picks up on all the intricacies and nuances of whatever they encounter in life, Empaths and HSPs go through a lot of emotional labor.
Here are a few things that cause Empaths and Highly Sensitive peoples emotional burnout:
1) Empaths and HSPs are flooded with other people’s problems
An empath or a highly sensitive person literally knows how to “walk in other people’s shoes.”
Since they are so sensitive to other people’s pain and suffering, they tend to be inclined to help people in any way possible. Empaths become very patient listeners and empathetic solution providers and therefore a lot of people come to them with their problems thinking they are Therapists and healers of sorts.
2) They are the peacemakers
An empath or an intuitive person doesn’t like conflicts. He will tend to make compromises to make peace and diffuse arguments.
But sometimes people tend to take advantage when they become aware of an empath’s peace-loving nature and try to get into conflicts or arguments to get empaths to back down or get things done in their favour.
3) They are “emotional detectives”
Empaths and HSPs can sense the energy of the room the moment they step in, they are also hyper-observant, they can notice the subtle differences in someone’s facial expressions or tone of voice that others would miss.
They can find out the tinge of jealousy in someone’s tone behind the facade of a happy disposition, they can sense someone’s ill intentions behind the niceties, they can also find out the genuineness of a person just by sensing the vibe they emit.
Being so engrossed in these hyper-vigilance states with the sense organs on an overdrive usually leaves the Empaths to burnout and exhausted.
4) They are the feelers and take-up others problems as their own.
Empaths can absorb other people’s energy and problems especially if they have not learned to work with their energetic boundaries.
People who are depressed or upset can pick up on this healing energy consciously or unconsciously and tend to extract this positive energy from empaths.
5) They are highly sensitive and responsible for their thoughts actions
Being sensitive makes empath think about the consequences of all their thoughts and actions. It happens quite often that they will wait to break the bad news to you or have an important discussion with you, if you are going through an important event in your life, just to save you from additional trouble.
They would also be extra careful about their words and actions because empaths do not want to see others in pain.