Do you consider yourself an empath, more so an intuitive empath, because you have seen certain signs of being one, in yourself?
If you’ve landed here, you probably are familiar with the term empath.
And you’re thinking you may be the intuitive type. You might be right.
In this post, we’re going to cover the types of empaths and the signs that you are an intuitive empath. And if you discover that you are one, you’ll want to stick around to learn about how to avoid pitfalls and own your intuitive power.
What is an Empath?
According to Dr. Judith Orloff, an empath is a person who can feel and absorb other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms. We’re talking about highly sensitive people here, but not all highly sensitive people are empaths.
A highly sensitive person is someone with a strong sense of empathy. They understand and can easily relate to someone else’s pain.
And there’s a fine line between being a sensitive person and an empath. But there is one important distinction. An empath feels other people’s emotions as though they are their own.
It’s the difference between being able to relate to something and absorbing it into your own energy.
8 Types of empaths
If you start down this rabbit hole, you’re going to find that there are many types of empaths. How many you find will depend on the source you’re looking at. I’ve seen anywhere between 3 and 15 listed. And I think as we collectively dig into this topic, we’re going to gain even more clarity.
In this post, we’re going to cover the broad definitions of a few commonly accepted types just to give a flavor for what’s out there. You may know you’re an empath but are wondering whether you are an intuitive empath or another type. So this is an important section to review, but the remaining focus will be on the intuitive empath.
Here are the types of empaths:
1. Emotional empath
This type of empath fits the general definition of taking on other people’s emotions. If you’re any type of empath, this is something you’re familiar with. Some are only emotional empaths while others can also fit other types.
2. Physical empath
If you feel someone else’s pain or discomfort on a physical level, you’re a physical empath. So if you’re around someone who has a headache or backache, you’ll start feeling similar symptoms. Alternatively, you could simply know that someone has a physical symptom without feeling it.
3. Animal empath
Similar to Dr. Doolittle, an animal empath seems to be attuned to an animal’s needs and the overall state of being. If you’re an animal empath, you probably prefer the company of animals to humans and they enjoy being around you too.
4. Plant empath
Plant empaths have an especially strong connection with nature and intuitively know how to care for plants and trees. These people have an intuitive knowing of which plants are edible and which are poisonous.
5. Environmental empaths
These empaths can instantly read the energy of a room or object. These are people who may be able to hold an object and tell you about its owner.
6. Spiritual empaths or mediums
This type of empath has a natural connection to the spirit realm and can communicate messages from beyond.
This is a Native American term that describes a specific type of medium. Instead of channeling and relaying the spiritual message, the Heyoka will absorb emotions and act as a mirror, showing people what they need to know.