I am an empath… are you?


Anyway, thanks to a friend, I have found out that I am an empath.

According to an Psychology Today article (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-empaths-survival-guide/201706/the-differences-between-highly-sensitive-people-and-empaths) there is a difference between highly sensitive people and those who are empaths. I have been called sensitive or highly sensitive literally my whole entire life because of my ability to adjust to people’s emotional change. And I knew there was a reason why I was always offended when someone called me sensitive. I have the right to how I feel no matter how I feel it.

I have always had the ability to sense other people’s energy and when it shifts. I never understood why or how. But I have been very good at sensing this. According to this article and several other psychology articles that this indeed makes me an Empath. Which also explains my constant anxiety or why I feel sensitive when I notice a shift in a persons regular behavior.

“And so we energetically internalize the feelings and pain of others — and often have trouble distinguishing someone else’s discomfort from our own. Also, some empaths have profound spiritual and intuitive experiences — with animals, nature, or their inner guides — which aren’t usually associated with highly sensitive people.” (direct quote from the article attached above).

I have always been in tune with my feelings, how deeply I feel, and how others feel. I have always been pretty good at seeing the change in people. I also am able to interpret things through dreams. So this all makes a lot of sense.

So being an empath revisits the talk of Love Languages again. It makes sense as to why people much like myself are in need of constant reassurance because of the way we interpret how others feel and sometimes confuse them with the way that we feel.

I have to express this to my partner all the time because I get very emotional. I tend to think something is wrong because he responds with one word texts instead of two. I also have to remind him that I still am sensitive and that if I ask him a million times if he is okay, it’s because I can sense that he is not okay. And I can usually tell when he is keeping something from. This causes my anxiety to increase to another level. And I am currently feeling like that right now. I feel like something is off and I am not even sure how to ask if something is wrong. Some could interpret this as a guilty conscience, but this goes along with me feeling like I am always doing something wrong, that taps into my abuse that I have endured and I was always doing something wrong in my previous relationships. I was always the one who was “in trouble”, so it can be something as simple as saying ‘ok’ instead of ‘yeah that’s fine’, that I feel like something is wrong.

It is really weird, but it is a thing. And I appreciate this being pointed out to me by my friend. It makes all the sense in the world and I plan on researching more about it.

If you are a fellow empath, lets take this path to discovery together!!

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