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I Think I Might Be An Empath


Ever since I was little, I have noticed I am extremely sensitive when it comes to negative emotions in people. When they feel sick or depressed, I can sense this without them telling me. I thought everyone was this way, until I was about 11.

A close family friend of ours lost his wife in a car accident and we met him a week or so after she had passed. He wasn't crying, but I could feel this sadness emanating from him, the way you can feel heat from a flame without touching it. I went to hug him goodbye and this heavy cloud of grief just swept over me. Even minutes after we had left, I could feel it to the point where my heart hurt and I wanted to just curl up and cry.

It was a sadness I had never known and my mother was concerned and thought perhaps I was grieving for his wife, but I had only met her maybe once. I was very confused by this and still am.

My boyfriend actually suffers from severe depression and whenever he is having a bad day, I can feel it. Just being around him, I can feel his suffering. When I hug him is when I get the full brunt of it and I myself end up feeling hopeless, weighed down, extremely sad, tired in a way I'd never known and this usually lasts the rest of the day, if not longer.

I started to think perhaps I am taking in their emotions as my own? And if so, how can I stop it or control it? Is there a way to block it? This would help me a lot, as I am very confused by this and this drains me like no other. I go to bed often feeling like I've ran 5 marathons and am completely wiped. I would greatly appreciate any advice or clarification you can provide!

Thank you!


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FreaksWelcome (2 stories) (8 posts)
8 years ago (2013-09-21)
NTA65bz thank you so much! That is extremely helpful, glad to hear your method is working for you! I am excited to try it as well:) I am considered a psychiatrist for my close friends too hahah I don't know, I'm glad they feel they can share so much with me. It makes me feel useful:D I am definitely trying your advice and crossing my arms!
NTA65bz (2 posts)
8 years ago (2013-09-17)
Hi I'm an Empath too, nice to meet you. Now, I've experienced the same thing. I have I habit of crossing my hands in front of my chest at crowded places, especially at school (I don't use my school bag, it's WAY to heavy!). My friend is usually always sad, so since I'm an Empath, I can read her feelings & emotions (I'm basically her Psychiatrist:D). To tell it's been a bit of a pain when I release my hands around negative-emotioned people! And I've always had an 'Envisioned Bubble-Protector' around me since I was 7/8. And every Wednesday & Sunday I have karate. After I exercise, I meditate. So if you're like me, you don't have to imagine an Envisioned Bubble-Protector around you, just NEVER take off your crossed hands (if your bag's too heavy) and try to meditate a lot. If you can, search up websites to help you control your Empath-gift (so you don't become sadder!)

I hope this helps, good luck, and congrats on the gift!
FreaksWelcome (2 stories) (8 posts)
8 years ago (2013-08-22)
Ng727, thank you! So you just envision a bubble around yourself? Should I avoid touching people as well?
ng727 (1 posts)
8 years ago (2013-08-21)
hi, you're an empath. I am as well and it took me a long time to figure out what was going on. Like the other users said put a protection bubble around you. Also when walking through a crowded place cross your arms in front of you or use your bag to block your chest.
FreaksWelcome (2 stories) (8 posts)
8 years ago (2013-08-20)
Thank you both so much lilylove and PathWalker. I will definitely try working on imagining this bubble surrounding me from now on. I am not normally one to meditate either, but I will make it a priority from now on as well. Thank you for your help:)
Pathwalker (2 stories) (13 posts)
8 years ago (2013-08-20)
Like lily stated, visualization is a very powerful tool when dealing with energies and empathic abilities. Bubbles or shields work excellent for self protection, but if you are truly concerned for someone, you may also try putting yourself in a good mood through visualization and "extending" that good energy towards your subject. Don't allow them to feed off of it, but allow them to feel the good energy and if all goes well, they should begin to cheer up a bit.

This kind of energy or mood manipulation takes time to perfect, so if you're not comfortable performing this just yet, stick to your defenses. They will be invaluable to you remaining who you are.
lilylove (3 stories) (362 posts)
8 years ago (2013-08-20)
Empathy is feeling the emotions of another person.
I do believe you are an Empath.
You can try putting a shield around you to block outside emotions from being absorbed by your empathy.
Calm your mind until you are relax and visualize a bubble surrounding you and blocking out outside emotions.
This technique is very simple and effective.
I use it for my empathy. You should meditate, its has many benefits including calming the mind.
I hope this helps and good luck.

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