“Yes, we notice a lot of what goes on around us – But you’ll notice some things about us too.”
Can you remember an instance when someone, a complete stranger, poured their heart out to you? It probably happened without warning, and the emotions they were feeling were coursing through your heart as well.
There is something magnetic about an empath; they have a force that draws other’s towards them. These people who open up to you, they don’t know why they do it- and it doesn’t matter. We give them comfort and reassurance, and after riding the roller-coaster with them, we do our best to help them find peace.
I CAN’T COUNT HOW MANY EXPERIENCES I HAVE HAD LIKE THAT- WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Author of Non-Violent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg, gives us a concise definition of what empathy really is:
“In empathy, you don’t speak at all. You speak with the eyes. You speak with the body. If you say any words at all, it’s because you are not sure you are with the person. So you may say some words. But the words are not empathy. Empathy is when the other person feels the connection to with what’s alive in you.”
So, yes, we notice a lot of what goes on around us- but you’ll notice some things about us too.
16 SIGNS YOU’RE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN EMPATH
1. WE ARE OFTEN TOLD WE’RE “TOO SENSITIVE” OR “TOO EMOTIONAL.”
Empaths aren’t “too” this or that. What others describe as “over-feeling” is really just being in-touch with emotions- theirs and yours.
2. WE REALLY DISLIKE BEING LIED TO.
It barely takes a glance in your direction and we know you’re lying. The majority of people hate being lied to, but it really sucks for an empath. It literally makes our skin feel gross and we feel that disgust every time we are around them.
3. NEGATIVE IMAGES DIRECTLY AFFECT US.
Empaths find it nearly impossible to “unfeel” something. The news? Stories of violence and heartbreak on social media? We avoid them like the plague. We are well aware of the pain in the world, and we feel it daily.
4. WE FEEL OVERWHELMED BY CROWDS.
Empaths encompass every personality type. We are introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts. Yet, even the most outgoing of us can become easily overwhelmed in crowds. We absorb everyone’s feeling and energies…it’s exhausting, to say the least.
5. WE FIND HAPPINESS THROUGH HEALING.
Empaths are there to help; we try to guide you towards healing. Just like with all of our advice, it only helps if you actually implement it in your life.
6. WE REACT DIFFERENTLY TO STIMULANTS AND MEDICATIONS.
Whether it is coffee or tea, soda or an energy drink, anything containing caffeine tends to make us feel more anxious or agitated than others. Also, we do our best to avoid prescription medication as much as possible due to the numerous, and unpleasant, side effects we experience.
7. WE CAN’T BE ANYONE EXCEPT US.
If you’re looking for honesty and a true friendship, empaths are who you should be searching for (but we’ll likely find you first). We have grown into who we are, and we embrace who we are becoming. Usually, it is others who have an issue with our sensitivity and honest nature.
8. WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH BECAUSE WE ARE GOING THROUGH IT WITH YOU.
If you’re not feeling well, are feeling overwhelming sadness and depression, or if you’re agitated, we are going through all of those things with you. We’re connected to those we care about, and we care about everyone.
9. WE HAVE A SPECIAL BOND WITH ANIMALS.
Empaths don’t ‘own’ animals, and we don’t have pets. We have family members. Looking at animals in the wild, we see a perfect and pure soul…a love incapable of hate. We have conversations with them as you would anyone else, and sometimes, we even get a response.