Personality traits of old souls
Here are some of the most common personality traits you can find in an old soul:
- Old souls seek knowledge and wisdom
- Old souls strive for personal and spiritual growth
- Old souls are highly intuitive & great listeners
- Old souls are not materialistic & cherish nature
- Old souls reject the latest trends or the mainstream
- Old souls are deep thinkers
- Old souls appreciate the interconnectedness of our universe
Understanding old souls
Being an old soul has nothing to do with the age of an individual. Clinical psychologist Carla Marie Manly, PhD explains “When we talk about ‘old souls’ in the realm of psychology, we are often referring to those individuals who seem to have inherent wisdom and a grounded sense of being in the world – often far more than would be expected for someone their age.” In terms of personality, an old soul may be an introvert or an empath. They are usually self-assured and self-reflective. Dr. Manly says “Many people are drawn to old souls, for they radiate a sense of peacefulness and inner strength that is captivating and reassuring.”
Are introverts, empaths, highly sensitive people and old souls the same?
As evident, introverts, empaths, highly sensitive people and old souls have distinct characteristic traits and unique strengths and weaknesses that make them very different from one another. However, they do tend to share some similarities and often certain personality traits do overlap.
Empaths tend to share most of the traits of HSPs including need for alone time, high sensitivity, aversion towards crowds and a low threshold for stimulation, explains author Judith Orloff M.D. She writes “Highly sensitive people are typically introverts, while empaths can be introverts or extroverts (although most are introverts). Empaths share a highly sensitive person’s love of nature and quiet environments, their desire to help others, and their rich inner life.” But HSPs do not absorb the emotions and energies of others like empaths do.
Moreover, many empaths also claim to be old souls. Author and psychospiritual teacher Mateo Sol explains that old souls are highly sensitive to spiritual energy and can often sense the energies in others. He writes “This doesn’t mean that all Old Souls are Empaths, but it does mean that many can easily become spiritually attuned to the living energy around them.”
We are all unique and similar
All these personalities and traits are a gift. We are who we are for a special reason. Although each of us are unique, we do share a lot of the same personalities that enable us to connect and relate with each other on an emotional and spiritual level.
Our personality traits give us the strength to share our gifts with the world and help those who need our support, and in the process help ourselves to be our best version. So irrespective of whether you are an introvert, an empath, a HSP or an old soul, the important thing is you find yourself and use your natural talents to live your best life.
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