You Might Be A True Empath If You Have Any Of These 21 Characteristics

Remarkably, empaths are human beings who are able to experience the feelings, emotions, and sometimes even the thoughts of other individuals. However, it would be more accurate to say that empaths must experience the experiences of the people around them, because it’s not like they ever have a choice in the matter. As such, many human beings are drawn towards empaths—because who among us doesn’t want to be better understood and related to?! Continue reading the list below in order to determine if you yourself are an empath, and to learn how you can make the lives of any empaths you happen to encounter at least a little easier.
#1: They’re incredibly sensitive.
Empaths have the innate ability to connect their own emotions to the emotions of other human beings. As such, they often actually experience the feelings and emotions of others—whether they’re enjoyable or not.
#2: They deplore being lied to.
When an empath is lied to, it feels as though they themselves are being dishonest—which is a pretty lousy feeling, to say the least.
#3: They despise negative news.
Empaths experience the feelings and emotions of other human beings even when they’ve never met them, and even when they’re countless miles away. As a result of this, they always need to keep a hand on the remote control when watching CNN—so they can quickly change the channel whenever a tragic story receives all too vivid coverage.
#4: They’re uncomfortable in large crowds.
Experiencing countless different sensations from countless people at once can literally bring an empath to their knees.
#5: They love helping people heal.
Whenever an empath is able to ease someone else’s suffering and pain, their own suffering and pain is eased as well.
#6: They experience strange reactions to medication and stimulants.
Regardless of how many pages the list of known side effects is, there’s a good chance that empaths will react in ways that really are off the map (or the script). What’s more, the heightened sensations of empaths cause them to become extremely stimulated by anything from soda pop to bubble gum.
#7: They struggle with change.
For empaths, sensing significant change means changing significantly themselves—but most empaths like who they are already.
#8: They’re great at empathizing!
(Just in case it wasn’t obvious).
#9: They see humanity in animals.
Empaths sense the same emotions in animals as they do in human beings—so they treat them the same way, too.
#10: They always lack energy.
It’s exhausting enough for people to deal with all their own feelings and emotions (let alone everyone else’s).
#11: They deplore distrust.
If you distrust them, it makes empaths distrust you. So if you do the math—this makes dishonesty twice as bad for an empathy to endure.
#12: They’re prone to distraction.
Every sight or sound could reveal something else to empathize with (so empaths must pay attention to them all, even if they’re already paying attention to something else).
#13: They have narcissism “radar.”
If an empath interacts with a narcissist, the negative feelings and emotions which they absorb could be devastating. As a result of this fact, most empaths have developed an innate form of radar so that they can stay out of close range.
#14: They can hear virtually everything.
Of all five human senses, the sense of hearing is the one they find most distracting.
#15: They’re outstanding listeners.
And empaths don’t just listen to other human beings; they genuinely hear what they say—and deeply contemplate what they say (or don’t say).
#16: They don’t jive-well with electronics.
It’s a bit of a head-scratcher, but electronics seem to frequently fail or malfunction around empaths. Spooky!
#17: They’re highly creative.
“When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.”—Stephen Covey
#18: They perceive global irony.
“Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.”—Barbara Kingsolver
#19: They’re lovers (not fighters).
“Resilience is, of course, necessary for a warrior. But a lack of empathy isn’t.”—Phil Klay
#20: They possess strong morals.
“Human morality is unthinkable without empathy.”—Frans de Waal
#21: They’re selfless.
“A prerequisite to empathy is simply paying attention to the person in pain.”—Daniel Goleman

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