If You Have These 30 Traits, You Can Consider Yourself An’ Empath’

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1. Knowing

Empaths have a deep sense of knowing that is unwavering and unquestionable which comes with pinpoint accuracy in its description. They are capable of reading others without obvious cues and can describe what’s really going on beneath the surface.

They know if someone is being dishonest or not speaking their truths. The more attuned they are to their empathy the stronger and more frequent the know and reading abilities will be.

2. Effective Listeners And Communicators

A natural ability to listen with all their senses acutely attuned allowing the person to feel as though they are being heard and understood. They can intuitively guide a dialogue with sincere compassion enabling even “the worlds largest” reserved person to respond and express their deepest and even most painful thoughts and feelings they wouldn’t ordinarily share.

In most lawsuit, it is carried out in an unspoken confidence and trust, yet if different situations potentially calls for outside intervention( i.e. self-harm) they will weigh up the need to act in the best interest of that person , not self, even if it entails risking ongoing relations.

3. Overwhelmed In Public Places

Shopping malls, supermarkets or stadia where mass of people gather can be overwhelming and even lead to panic attacks or anxiety due to the myriad of emotions being sensed and until this is contained and manageable they will steer clear of being in said surroundings.

4. Feeling Others Emotions Pains, Illnesses And Stresses

Due to heightened sensitivities to emotional and physical energy it is a very common occurrence to take on-board the feelings etc. of others and not even realize they are doing so. Directly mirroring it as though it was their own.

It can make it very difficult to distinguish what is belonging to self or another and life can become extremely overwhelming. Self-awareness brings a greater degree of control and the ability to determine whose emotions etc. are whose and not get caught up in it.

5. Mood Swings, Unpredictable And Needy

They can experience extreme highs and lows which stimulates them unpredictable in behavior at the best of hours. One minute they can be happy and the next minute very sad and withdrawn which is not always the result of how they actually feel but what they have picked up in others, this can be confusing let alone depressing.

They can also be very demanding of attention be it for good reasons or not, if they feel they are not being heard they will act out and come across as needy, even narcissistic, although they would seriously question and oppose the latter. Simply because one may have strong empathy at some point in time does not mean they are not akin to being so overwhelmed with it that they fall heavily towards narcissism.

6. Sensitive to TV, Radio, and Movies And Real Life Chaos

Violence, brutality, shocking scenes of physical or emotional ache or abuse can bring an empath to tears. They may even feel physically ill, bewildered and struggle to comprehend such acts as being justified. One sure route of dealing with this is to turn off the TV or radio or disassociating yourself from the chaos.

7. Prone To Illness, Disease And Physical Pain

Because of the onslaught of emotional energy they are overly sensitive too and in most cases, they don’t know how to deal with this can become problematic and manifest into differing different forms of illness or disease. It is vital to learn about emotional energy, distinguish its origin and apply the tools that will allow the person to move forward with balanced wellness. Existing maladies and disease can potentially be laid to rest once and for all in doing so.

8. Magnetic Pull Of Trust

Others, including strangers are drawn to an empath like a magnet and find it easy to express themselves and resonate with them on a deep and meaningful level; they will often feel like they have known each other for many years even though they may have just fulfill.

People have this innate sense of trust and feel comfortable and relaxed in their presence yet are conscious they would not commonly feel this way.

9. Constant Fatigue

They are drawn to helping others and in doing so take on more than their carnival share to personally cope with both emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually and will experience constant tirednes. They may be required to take daily catnaps or retreats simply to replenish their energy and feel revitalized.

10. Addictive Behaviour

Can be caused by wanting to escape from what they are bombarded with or a desperate need to feel connected.

Their heightened sensitivities more than often don’t come with an awareness of how to deal with it,( the energies they pick up on like sponges) let alone what is happening and they will adopt addictive propensities to drown out, numb and distract them, such as drinking, smoking, taking drugs, binge feeing to gambling etc.

Unfortunately for some, in doing so( i.e. taking drugs) we are to be able to heighten their sensitivities even more and generate greater issues.

11. Healing, Holistic Health And Wellness

Whether it is a career as a nurse, physician, physiotherapist, neurosurgeon, psychologist or massage therapist, homeopath, naturopath, Chinese medicine practitioner and social workers or a veterinarian, everyone else who has strong empathy from a young age are often drawn to these fields due to a pull to assist mend people and/ or animals.

Strict and long-term education and run protocols however is known to stifle ones innate empathy and remarkably deter them from what drew them to the field in the first place. Once in the field, there is a great need to be aware of ones empathy and not become overwhelmed in taking on others energy as it can become a catalyst in burning out and walking away all together.

12. Curiosity And Seekers Of The Truth

Driven by curiosity to understand the intricacies of life and an intense desire to seek the truth and question much of everything until they feel a resonance to any given answer, if it doesn’t sit well with them their curiosity will grow and they will continue to seek answers even though they are it takes a lifetime.

13. Interests In Spirituality And Metaphysical

They can be drawn to the unexplainable, paranormal, metaphysics and have a deep sense of spirituality( not inevitably religion even though they may lean towards such in order to find a sense of belonging ). They will dabble in many areas until they find their niche and they will actively pursue it throughout their lifetime.

14. Cultural And Indigenous

They are drawn to ancient cultures that adhere to long-held traditions cloaked in universal laws as they personify innate logic, common sense and practical uncomplicated styles in which to do all manner of things. They will often shake their head in disbelief when others do and act in a way that opposes universal laws.

15. Ancestral Lineage- Who Am I?

From a young age, they are the child that listens to the stories of old that are passed down throughout the generations. They have a genuine interest in wanting to know where they came from and who their ancestors were and what they did in their lifetime and will grow up to be keepers of the family tree and possess a collection of photo albums and heirlooms. Feeling a sense of connectedness holds great importance and as they learn this, they in-turn will be the one to pass this knowledge on to their children.

16. Quiet Achievers And Strong Leaders

Although they are quiet achievers who prefer to do the hard yards behind the scenes they will often be found in positions of leadership due to their ability to be focused, organized and supportive, quick thinking and capable of inspiring and motivating others with magnificent poise.

They are more comfortable in giving sincere praise upon others rather than accepting it and are often received mediating to maintain a balance of harmony.

17. Creative Talents

A great love for carrying their imagination as artists, musicians, singers, dancers, performing artists, acting, poets and decorators etc. They love to tell a story and can captivate an audience through a vivid imagination and an ease in which they can take you directly into the picture as though you were actually experiencing it firsthand.

18. Love Of Nature And Animals

Inclined to have a pet as they love to give and receive unconditional love that come from dogs, cats, rabbits etc. and are often proponents or supporters in the prevention of cruelty to animals.

They enjoy being outdoors, amongst the forest or high in the mountains and are content being connected to the land and will often escape from the busy world to rejuvenate their senses.

19. Cleansing Water

Be it swimming in the sea, floating in the pool, walking in the rainfall, a long soak in the tub or a hot shower to cleanse and wash away the difficulties of the working day, they sense the healing properties of water and reconnection to the womb for the safety and comfort it held can be recaptured in that moment.

20. Need For Solitude

Although they can be very sociable, they also like to escape from the hustle and bustle and are content with their own company enjoying the tranquillity that comes with being in a quiet space reading a book, watching a movie, describing a picture, pursuing a hobby they love to just relaxing. They will display this tendency from childhood and throughout life.

21. Boredom, Distracted And Daydreaming

A need to be stimulated and focused on one project or another and will give all their energy to any given task whether it is at school, run or home life. If the undertaking fails to stimulate their senses they become bored, distracted and will either begin to fidget, doodle or be off in their minds daydreaming.

22. Adventure Seekers, Travel And Spontaneous

Enjoy spontaneity in their life by exploring all that life has to offer and will seek out adventures, travel to far off places or find enjoyable activities nearby. They enjoy being free spirited, leaving the constraints of the world behind them and if they don’t get to do this as often as they would like will become quite restless and agitated.

23. Clutter, Energy And Flow

An awareness of energy comes naturally and they will feel weighted down by jumble and chaos, although they may collect things everything has a place and order and they will constantly do clutter clearing to allow the balance of energy( flow) in their surrounding. They have an ability to place furniture or even plant gardens in a way that energy flows in and around everything.

24. Rule Breakers

Routine, repeat and rules can become mundane for the creative empath who continuously seek ways in which to express their love, the things they enjoy in life. If they are told they cannot do something, within reason they will find a way that they can as the willingness to challenge themselves goes hand in hand with being spontaneous.

25. Enthusiasm And Appreciation Of Life

Bursting with energy and an appreciation towards life and living it as fully as they can is filled with enthusiasm. However the downside is they can exert so much energy that they will burn out and need to take time to recuperate and when they do they will bounce back and give themselves fully.

They don’t do anything in halves; it’s all or nothing and they tend to feel disappointed if others around them don’t share the same zest for life as they do.

26. Humanitarian, Peacemakers And Mediators

Conflict is extremely unsettling regardless if it is with family, friends, colleagues or even complete strangers or if it is direct or indirect, locally or internationally and will voice their feelings towards such. They will endeavor to find a peaceful resolution even if it means being a mediator.

They have a love and respect of all people and cultures and vehemently resist wars, political unrest, cruelty, racism, hatred and separatism as they believe profoundly that we can all live together in harmony and will advocate this in one way or another, if not by being pivotal to the establishment of humanitarian organizations or in support of.

27. Sensitive To Antiques, Vintage Or Second-hand

Holding objects such as rings, jewelry, attire, ornaments or touching doorway handles to old houses, entering historical homes etc. can bring through very vivid and accurate accounts of the owner( s) history and life experiences.

This can be extremely daunting and off putting to those sensitive to picking up energies, whereas those who are more aware and in control of their empathy will feel at ease, and be drawn to such.

28. Lucid Dreamers

The dream realm is not just a meaningless place where one goes when they are asleep. An empath often has vivid dreamings from a very young age and throughout and will have lucid dreamings where they are awake in their dreamings and have an ability to control certain aspects by willful gues alone and are capable of describing in graphic detail the dream content.

They also have a strong desire to interpret the dream knowing that it has direct relevance to their physically awake life and in doing so can find answers to guide them well. It is not unusual for an empath to at some point in time in their lives to have experienced and Out of Body Experience or Astral Travel, be it voluntarily or not.

29. Lovers Not Fighters

Empaths love to love others and be loved in return and will seek meaningful relationships throughout their entire lives, though they are not always adept at self-love as they are inclined to give of themselves freely to others and can grow up supposing( by what they learn from society) that it is selfish to love thine self and that that is narcissistic in behavior.

They do not like to be caught up in battles be it verbal or physical as communication comes easily to them, however they will not be passive either but they will aim for a peaceful resolution as quickly as possible. They will get extremely frustrated if the other person is not willing to resolve the conflict fully as they don’t ensure the logic in drag things on.

30. Visionaries, Entrepreneurial And Problem Solvers

Intense visionaries blended with their adventurous love of life streak and enthusiasm they will dabble in many ventures and business opportunities and find ways in which to expand their potential, feed their creative minds and do the things they “ve been wanting to” do.

They have this instinctive knowing they are capable of achieving greater things and will constantly think outside the box and push through any and all boundaries,( often against the odds) with focused and dog decided energy. Where there is a problem, their immediately lies an answer and they won’t stop until they find it even though they are that means inventing it themselves!

It is important to note that most people experience varying degrees of empathy, however if you can say yes to most, if not all of the above you definitely are an empath.

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