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11 Signs You’re a Natural Empath (And The 2 Things Empaths “Feel” Differently)

svgDecember 2, 2018Musingsgoodkarma

“Empath by birth. If you’re an empath you were given healing power. Yes, kind of like a super hero.It doesn’t go away so, simply learn how to use it We’re not called upon to be perfect! Just do the best we can with what we’re given. I have this sense.. a beautiful sense.. that those whom we have helped with this gift of empathy HERE we will meet “over there”. Whether they acknowledge here or, not. It’s tough often to have this gift but, the rewards seem to far outweigh the cost. The happiest people are those who have learned to give until it hurts. Have you noticed? We’re always filled back up” – Angela Li

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  • 1.Feel the emotions of others without trying
    2.Get drained by overbearing personalities even if they’re not talking to us
    3.Sense spiritual dimensions that others ignore or find impossible to believe
  • 4.Are energized and improved by simply being alone
  • 5. Find it impossible to ignore the pain and immerse ourselves in the problems of those we love
  • 6. Side with the underdog and oppressed
  • 7. Feel called to social justice issues, even if we’re introverted and less likely to yell or scream (although some of us certainty can….and do!)

Am I a natural empath?  How can I tell?  What do empaths feel differently than most people?  Can being too empathic be a problem?  Can you be TOO sensitive to the emotions or energies of others?

1. You sense others’ pain and sadness.

2. You pick up quickly if someone means one thing, but says another.

3. You feel drained if you are around certain people.

4. You get strong first impressions of people—both negative and positive—that end up being spot on.

5. You see something sad—for instance, an animal being hit by a car—and it takes you much longer than others to stop feeling sad or sick about it.

6. Others don’t understand how deeply you feel and why you can’t just “let it go.”

7. You always feel like you view life from a different perspective than everyone around you. It seems like no one is “like you.”

8. You’ve experienced the sensation that you are feeling the pain of the whole world.

9. There are times when you feel so overwhelmed with the pain of the world that you want to crawl under the blankets and not interact with anyone for a few days.

10. You can’t watch or read the news or watch sad or violent movies because it’s too upsetting or makes you sick.

11. You repeatedly feel the same emotions or sensations around the same people. (For instance, every time you see a particular friend, you feel anxious or sad for no particular reason.)

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Does any of this resonate with you? If you’ve felt isolated or ignored, overlooked or under appreciated, you may have a special spiritual sensitivity that CAN make you a spiritual superhero, if you’re ready to embrace it!

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  • Dee

    March 5, 2023 / at 3:41 amsvgReply

    Finally im not alone . Ican relate to all of the above and then some. Babies love me, strangers love me , I pets feel people energy . Strangers always tell me thier problems… Since I was a baby I felt different Somehow I know things are going to happen before it happens. Especially death…not sure if its dreams or visions however when I have them I always tell a family member. Usually it happens within 4-6 weeks. That started at 5. One might think they can lie to me , I know all reality I shouldn’t be here . I was sent back twice . My mom passed not long ago I was told I was never a normal child, which I already figured out.


    May 25, 2022 / at 12:05 amsvgReply

    this was really well written

    • goodkarma

      May 26, 2022 / at 12:31 amsvgReply

      Thank you very much! We appreciate you reading – and the nice words mean a lot!

  • Tina F

    October 29, 2021 / at 7:32 amsvgReply

    I’ve never thought of my overwhelming empathy as a supernatural power or anything special, it’s just the way God made me. I can relate to almost every trait mentioned but I don’t “dwell”, “dote” or boast about it. I just live my life and feel like my very nature is to help others celebrate, mourn, gain perspective, rejoice, encourage and live a life of servitude.

  • Mia

    August 31, 2021 / at 10:29 pmsvgReply

    It’s so nice to finally know that I’m not alone. I’ve always felt there was something wrong with me, like I didn’t fit in. I recently discovered I’m an empath and hsp. Depending on which day you ask me depends on whether I feel it’s a curse or a good thing to possess. There are so many predators out there so unfortunately, I do get taken advantage of another. They all hear that I have a hard time saying no to people. I end up feeling overwhelmed and have to disappear into my room, which is my sanctuary, in order to re energize, so that I can function, mentally and emotionally.

  • Lora Turner

    January 7, 2021 / at 7:44 pmsvgReply

    I cry when I see animals being hurt or dying when I find dead animals I bury them I see & feel their pain so overwhelming at times I need a lot of alone time

  • Zeniah Ward

    December 29, 2020 / at 9:48 pmsvgReply

    I do have a silly question….I am a natural born empath, I come from a long line of Hawaiian healers, if all of a sudden there are all these empath out there, why do we still live in a world of hate????

    • goodkarma

      December 29, 2020 / at 11:14 pmsvgReply

      Thanks for the question, Zeniah! I actually think you are conflating (and possibly confusing) empathic experiences (or qualities) with those of pure compassion – or kindness – or the spirit of selfless service. Just because someone feels things more deeply – or is “sensitive” – doesn’t mean they are animated by action in the spirit of reducing suffering in the world. There are plenty of selfish empaths. (I know lots of “mediums” for example – many who have been part of this very community – some even quite well known – who are shitty human beings – even while fully believing in an afterlife and a benevolent universe) Ironically, I was just reading about one of the worlds leading researchers on the science of compassion earlier today – and she was fired from her job for bullying her underlings and it appears – being a pretty terrible person, too. I think you can feel ANY emotion as an empath – including hate, jealousy, resentment, fear, etc – and sometimes, those are the emotions that are more dominant in our awareness. It’s a myth that empaths are more wise or even kind per se (although i have found many are) – we live in a screwy world, and no personality type is exempt.

      • Ralph

        January 16, 2021 / at 7:24 amsvgReply

        I know that people tend to reflect the energy of those we surround ourselves with. If an empath, or anyone else, surrounds themselves with more negative people, or energy, than positive, they themselves will reflect that negativity outwardly. Even an empath. This is why it is paramount to very carefully pick and choose the ones we let into our lives.

      • Moon

        May 27, 2021 / at 3:40 pmsvgReply

        I have a question here.I wondering how come i can feel someone feeling and i even know when she are sad,stress or crying that time because i can sense her feeling too.The question is i never meet her and we only spoke trough internet. Can you help me to describe about this.Thanks

    • Karen B.

      March 16, 2021 / at 3:14 pmsvgReply

      Where is your attention drawn? I know that lately, we’ve seen a lot of hate in the news and social media. I look frequently on Instagram and I’m plugged into seeing positive things. The negative and advertisements get no notice from me nor any reactions. I dont leave any reactions on facebook with things I can feel are wrong. There’s a saying out there that says, “Where your attention flows, your energy goes.”

  • Lana

    November 29, 2020 / at 12:51 pmsvgReply

    This is soooo like me, especially the looking at you for the first time and blurt out specific things about you lol. You also can’t lie to me and when you say something and mean the other l know. My husband says lm crazy cz he thinks it’s abnormal 😂😂.

  • Tina

    November 18, 2020 / at 11:39 amsvgReply

    I am so glad I’m not alone in this. I used to feel that I was crazy…My weirdest experience, was when I “jokingly” put my hand near 2 of my female friends, , near their stomachs and said :YOU RE NEXT: after they were talking about me just having a new baby…no kidding, THEY BOTH HAD BABIES AFTER I DID THAT, 9 months, then 18 months later I like to joke a lot, but this was WEIRD. They both think I have a special connection, AND I DO, done trying to deny it, I also always know when someone is lying no matter how much they try, they wont deceive me. Hubby learned!!! Do not mess with me. lol

    • goodkarma

      November 18, 2020 / at 5:43 pmsvgReply

      very cool experience, Tina! You are the baby whisperer! Thanks so much for the comment – we appreciate you!

  • James

    August 27, 2020 / at 9:08 amsvgReply

    I have been told that I am an old soul with healing abilities but after reading this I am firmly convinced that I am an empath. I have all of these traits and plenty more. Been searching my entire life to find my true calling, maybe this is it. I am a caregiver for a lady that has many afflictions, with rapidly declining health. I find I am drawn to people with health and emotional problems. I really love to be around people, to communicate with them, but find I become overpowered rather quickly by what I pick up from them.

  • Nicolene

    August 21, 2020 / at 9:14 amsvgReply

    Thank you for this great info. I also have all these traits and I feel miss understood almost all of the time. At this current moment I feel so hurt by my boss no complaints about my work but say I have to improve on my skills with my colleagues at work. I always greet them but I work with finance and invoicing and if I am sad or feel angry I don’t talk I always greet but I believe that the person I am talking to might also feel like that and we can start having a miss understanding and lose the friendship. Now my boss say I creates an atmosphere and people are afraid of me. I always help immediately. I feel hurt and don’t want them to feel like that but I am hurt and don’t know how to change. What should I do? Thank you

  • Patricia

    August 19, 2020 / at 2:16 amsvgReply

    I sence things that are so weird, an acquaintance one asked me if she should take her husband back. Without even thinking about it I said, “if you take him back you will lose your children. She reunited with her husband and later that year, the husband and both children were traveling in a car during a heavy downpour, the car went off a wooden bridge, flipped oven in the swollen creek and they all three drowned.
    Another time I was talking with a husband and wife when I looked at the husband and said, “I have always been afraid of dying with brain cancer.” It was such a weird off the subject remark that it embrassed me and I excused myself and left. About 3 years later I learned that he had died from brain cancer.
    The empath part is that if I am near someone sick, I begin to feel sick also. I dont have to know the person, just be near them.
    Sometimes when I am shopping and I usually avoid crowds, but in a crowded store I sometimes pickup on vibes so strong that I have to move away from the area that I am in
    Another thing, preverbal babies are drawn to me. I get a peaceful feeling from them.
    Dogs that are aggressive to others will back away from me.
    I could easily tell you a dozen more just like this. I feel that I am not only empathic but also clairvoyant. I have always felt like the weird oddball. I dont tell others these things but felt safe to do so here.

    • Swayla

      November 8, 2020 / at 4:27 pmsvgReply

      I can relate to everything you said!! Just going to the grocery store I pick up everyone’s “vibes” and I’m so drained I have to take a nap when I get home. I can’t go out shopping on major holidays at all. Being around sick people or injured people. I’ll mimic their symptoms, or pain.
      I at times ; can’t tell if the pain I’m having is mine or someone else’s.

      Children are drawn to me as well as animals. Adult People not as much , a lot of my co workers think I’m weird because I know something or know information before it’s been told. I know who callers call about when they call 911 before they tell me. I could type all day long about all the things I’ve known before hand.
      I’m finally after 46 years on this earth embracing my gifts.

  • Loren Perryman

    August 11, 2020 / at 10:59 amsvgReply

    I can totally resonate with these Empath traits! I feel Up & Down with My Energy! I Love being out in Nature & Water 😁😁😁This is how I can claim My Energy back! Music is also very Uplifting to Me! Being in Solitude when Everything gets too much! Clearing My Energy regularly & surrounding Myself with Angelic protective Light! 😇💜🙏🏻💜🙌🏼🦋🦋🦋

    • Lynda

      August 17, 2020 / at 10:26 pmsvgReply

      I recently had the best experience I ever recall. I rode the train across the country, stayed at B&B’s, dined in restaurants, went to coffee shops, rode the ferry, rented a car and didn’t ever want to come home. This was my first solo trip, but I sure hope to do it again.

  • Tina

    May 3, 2020 / at 9:17 amsvgReply

    I am a empath

  • Melody

    May 2, 2020 / at 9:07 pmsvgReply

    I know I am an Empath I fit just about every trait you mention….and there are times like right now with everything going on with the world with the COVID-19 going around the world its causing me alot of stress and pain and just feel so drained I have to stay away from people for the most part.

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