Has anyone ever told you that you are too sensitive or too emotional? You might belong to a special group of people known as empaths.
Empaths see the world much differently than most. Empaths tend to absorb the atmosphere, and the energy, of where ever we put ourselves in the world. Do you have a lot of angry, stressed, anxious people in your life? If you’re an empath…..the truth is, you’re going to feel their pain. Quite literally.
So what does it mean to be an empath?
What are Empaths?
Empaths are highly sensitive individuals, who have a keen ability to sense what people around them are thinking and feeling. Psychologists may use the term empath to describe a person that experiences a great deal of empathy, often to the point of taking on the pain of others at their own expense. However, the term empath can also be used as a spiritual term, describing an individual with special, psychic abilities to sense the emotions and energies of others. This particular article will focus on the psychological aspects of being an empath.
There are many benefits of being an empath. On the bright side, empaths tend to be excellent friends. They are superb listeners. They consistently show up for friends in times of need. They are big-hearted and generous. Empaths also tend to be highly intuitive and emotionally intelligent.
However, some of the very qualities that make empaths such fantastic friends can be hard on the empaths themselves. Because empaths quite literally feel what their friends are going through, they can become overwhelmed by painful emotions, such as anxiety or anger. Empaths have a tendency to take on the problems of others as their own. It is often difficult for them to set boundaries for themselves and say no, even when too much is being asked of them.