I'm young, 16 going on 17 and lately I've noticed more now than ever that I'm very affected by the emotions around me. I was even severely depressed when I was 13/14 because of the raw tension in my home. My parents are going through a very nasty divorce and have never been loving, thus I feel that those emotions were reflected onto me. In one instance, after my parents were through yelling at me and telling me how disappointed they were in me, I actually felt so horrible that I contemplated suicide. Now, when the tension in the house is at its thickest, I find myself becoming physically ill and am unable to even stay in the same room as my unstable father.
I've always been somewhat tender hearted, but I'm not so sure anymore. I was wondering if I was in fact an empath? I can't even watch movies that I know will end badly or have an extremely sad part because I know that I will burst into tears or end up feeling the emotions of the characters. I find this happens even more so when I'm reading a book. I react so strongly to what the characters are feeling that when a character's sad, I feel constriction in my chest, when there's a particularly exciting scene, I feel the need to jump out of my chair and act it out or something crazy along those lines, and so on...
I don't really think that I've sensed the emotions when I was into a room or anything like that. I can tell if the room's relaxed, tense, etc... But I assume everyone can do that?
I'm also unclear as to if I'm reading a person's emotions or am just undoubtedly good at reading a person's face. Whichever is the case, anyone can give me a problem about a relationship or anything dealing with emotion and I can work through it with them and come up with the correct course of action. I'm told by my friends that my uncanny knack has never steered me wrong when I was giving them advice. Am I just very level-headed and logical or is this something more?
Could someone please tell me what's going on? I'm so confused... And if I am in fact an empath, could someone tell me how to develop and control it so it's not so out of control all the time?