How Introverts, Empaths, HSPs And Old Souls Are Different

Introverts Empaths HSPs Old Souls

2. Empaths

Empaths tend to be sensitive individuals who are capable of sensing what others think and feel. According to psychology, empaths experience remarkable doses of empathy which enables them to absorb the emotions and feelings of others, whether it is positive or negative. However, psychics believe that empaths possess certain spiritual or extrasensory abilities that allows them to sense others’ emotions and energies.

Author Judith Orloff, M.D. explainsThe trademark of an empath is that they feel and absorb other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. They filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings.” Licensed therapist Kim Egel says “Empaths have a higher sensitivity to outside stimuli such as sounds, big personalities, and hectic environments. They bring a lot of heart and care to the world and feel things very deeply.”

Read also: The 5 Powers Of Empaths

Personality traits of empaths

Here are a few personality traits that are commonly found in almost every empath:

  • Empaths are highly sensitive & intuitive
  • Empaths absorb others’ emotions & energies
  • Empaths are introverted
  • Empaths have a hard time setting boundaries
  • Empaths replenish in nature
  • Empaths fall prey to energy vampires
  • Empaths have difficulty coping with sensory & emotional overload

Understanding empaths

According to research, around 1% to 2% of the global population are empaths. Moreover, around 30% of the population experience Mirror-touch synaesthesia or Mirror-pain synaesthesia.

Although science has extensively studied the feeling of empathy, there is still little known about what makes empaths feel so much. However, research reveals that “empaths likely have hyper-responsive mirror neurons – the group of brain cells responsible for triggering feelings like compassion.” This can make an empath feel specifically sensitive to certain electromagnetic fields that are generated by another person’s heart and brain. Hence, the empath can intuit the thoughts and emotions experienced by people around  them. 

As empaths tend to feel overwhelmed easily, they are more prone to experience stress, anxiety, fatigue, panic attacks and depression. This happens as they are often unable to distinguish someone else’s feelings from their own.

Read also: 4 Secrets For Empaths to Slow Down

3. Highly sensitive people

A highly sensitive person or an HSP has a particular personality trait known as sensory-processing sensitivity (SPS). Hence, highly sensitive people tend to show increased reactivity and emotional sensitivity towards both internal and external stimuli like loud noises, strong lights, pain and hunger. They are also more prone to have complex inner lives.

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