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Am I Empath?

 

Ever since I was little I was in tune, but not overwhelmed, by peoples feelings. Everyone joked and said I was a future therapist. I was not aware that it was their feelings I felt but I thought they were my own unexplained random feelings.

Over the past three years it's gotten worse. I blamed it on hormones at first because I got really depressed and holed myself away in my room for a good year. Meanwhile while I was holing myself up, my family was going through very tough times with each other.

My middle sister is bi-polar and my eldest sister has ADHD. When I hung out with my oldest sister I was happy and she stopped her hyper ness that made me happy and hyper but if my middle sister came into the room and she wasn't in a good mood, my mood darkened and I didn't even need to see her face or hear her voice to know if she was in a bad mood.

I was and still kind of embarrassed by my ability to feel people's feelings and it's been getting worse lately. My best friend, who I spend almost everyday with, and I were talking in the library about a guy she liked. She was denying she liked him but I knew she was lying. So I told her that she did like him but she was denying it because she didn't want to get hurt again. And she agreed then began to talk more and more about him.

The next thing I knew my stomach was flipping, and tightening and my heart racing. It felt like I'd just fallen in love. I tried to ignore it but finally excused myself after I'd left the library the feelings dissipated. This wasn't the first time this had happened with her.

Later we were talking again and I felt it was time to tell her about all my experiences with seeing death, knowing thoughts, and feeling her feelings. She asked me how I knew they were her feelings so I explained how she felt that day and many others. She was freaked out but she expects it and doesn't think I'm crazy. She even encourages it!

So I began doing research and found empathic traits and I seemed to match up. For example, I love animals because they seem to like me a lot as well. I hate crowded rooms full of people, and drinking at a party, I tend to drink alone. But one trait that didn't match up was the one in which they said that empaths weren't very sociable. And I am, people feel at ease around me because I know what they want to hear. If I say something and I can feel them shift inwardly I know they don't like that subject so I quickly change it.

So one question: am I an empath or am I just crazy?

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DiamondS (guest)
 
6 years ago (2013-05-25)
Hey I'm just like you. & you're not crazy. I went through the same thing, locking myself up in my room, depression, the works. Everyone says I can really understand them & that I give them good advice. One of my best friends has really bad ADHD & once I'm around him for a few minutes I'm crazy hyper. I know what you going through & I know its hard. I've heard meditating helps. Also the thing that helps me when I'm overwhelmed is either going & sitting alone with the door closed, but you can't always do that so what you do is close your eyes and imagine a door & put all the emotions on the other side of it, then imagine yourself closing the door, you'll feel a lot calmer. Hope I've helped & good luck:)
windybeth33 (8 posts)
 
8 years ago (2011-02-21)
your not crazy you are just using your powers diffrently you are positive and are not letting that riun your soical life and that is probly y your so conversational good job! 😊
FrozenInnocence (guest)
 
10 years ago (2009-06-24)
I would say the same exact thing as my friendaling Annie just said 😁 =] You are notttt crazy. I had these expieriences all before. I'm a psy vampire though - I think. Anyways, being a psy vampire means high empathic abilitys. Emapathy is a gift but difficult to embrace. I get along with people very well, even strangers, I know exactally what they want to hear, how they feel and what to say to help them. It's difficult learning how to control any ability but it's possible. Try to meditate and do more research about it. Read other peoples storys on here aswell - it all helps very much.
dreamergurl (guest)
 
10 years ago (2009-04-04)
You're definitly not crazy, just very very lucky, in a bittersweet way! Embrace your gift, and use it. Who knows, maybe someday you could be a therapist! 😉 In the meantime, you can use your abilities, the way you already do. They can be very helpful! Good Luck!
-Annie ❤
brownsugar (2 posts)
 
10 years ago (2009-02-27)
Just finding out I'm a empath

I am very friendly over friendly people ask me if I know someone cause I can strike up a convo on just about anything or people do the same with me. People do confide in me alot, I thought eveyone was like this. I still don't believe how deep or real this is. I must say in my life I had had some very weird things happen to me, so weird Ill be scared to share for the fear of being label crazy. Most recent incident happen in my hometown I have a friend and I felt something was going to go down, however I just didn't exactly. So I couldn't tell him. I would share this, I did ask him to come over to my place that day and he didn't anyway the incident was pretty big, NEWS worthy I have been sharing this story online about this cause in real life I don't want people to call me crazy. The cause of the incident was DRUGS! Whenever he's around me he always say he want to STOP DOING DRUGS I don't do drugs at all. I wonder why he told me this and told me how he wanted to help the youth and so on and so on. I still think he can help them just by sharing his life and telling them not to live the life he tried to lead.
xshatteredxmemoryx (2 stories) (11 posts)
 
10 years ago (2009-02-05)
i don't think your crazy, I'm a empath too according to everyone here and your experiences sound some like mine with people I'm close to. I automatically know thier mood or my mood changes when theirs does and such. You seem to be really in tune with your ability, I know it can be suck-ish at times but it can be a perk.
Best of luck =]
sokmunki (7 posts)
 
11 years ago (2008-08-17)
as the others have said, you are not crazy, you have a gift. You are further blessed to have a friend that encourages it! How awesome! I think you need to look at it differently, though. Instead of thinking this is "getting worse" when it seems to be getting stronger, think of it as "getting better". Feel empowered by it. You have this gift, you might as well get really, really good at it.

I've read that we can control it, even turn it on and off, with practice. I would do this just to get rid of my headaches...

Pegs_deborah suggested a book called "Empowered by Empathy: 25 ways to Fly in Spirit...". I haven't read it yet but it should be here any day. You may want to take a look at it, too.
Sparks (1 posts)
 
11 years ago (2008-07-24)
I've been reading up on empathy a bit and I'm pretty sure you are an empath. I'm not so sure about it myself as I never felt any physical pain that I can recall that's an empathic experience. I was just told during this reading from my friend that I was. Some of the traits that I read make me think that I am, but some others such as feeling sick in a crowded place or uncomfortable on the subway. I don't feel any of that. So I'm quite confused.
Messenger (1 stories) (4 posts)
 
11 years ago (2008-07-18)
Part 2 - I would like for you to understand, that you cannot become too involved with everyone that has concerns because it could bring you emotional & perhaps physical harm. Take Care of who is willing to listen and hopefully they will somehow understand you have a "A GIFT" and are willing to help them. I read you got a hint about this from your middle sister - You felt the negativeness and that's what you must look for. I have tried helping others but they will not accept it so I just have to let it go and walk away even though I want to help them so badly... It's a harsh reality but some people must find their own way.It's not easy letting go!
Messenger (1 stories) (4 posts)
 
11 years ago (2008-07-18)
My experinces which have I gone through are a lot like yours. It took me a long time to figure out why I did what I did. But as you, when I talk to people, I can feel their troubles - I suddenly, will expand, mentally & my focus is hazy. This is when I know I am involved psychically with that person. Yes its draining and I get warm all over (I can feel the heat) and when people look at me they say my eyes are glassy & dialated as if I was on drugs. It is something that's a good thing but you need to know how much you can handle at the present time until you feel more comfortable. And Yes I have been feeling & doing this for over 50 years and I find myself, very anti-social now because people have so many problems and I can't help everyone, it seemed when I was first starting to feel this way I would literally carry the burden of the world on my shoulders. But now on occasions, if someone needs me, I am there for them... I lose it when surrounded by too many people (like at a mall) I'll just walk out - Totally drained - I have never been able to handle that many people in one place... But that's how the learning process works - Do what you can do as long it doesn't affect you adversely (negatively)... Hope somehow I have helped you understand - Special Gifts take a Very Special Person to do the right thing, without losing themselves!
wondering (4 stories) (19 posts)
 
11 years ago (2008-07-13)
Girl your not crazy! I think that you are an Empath and a really good one at that. You should feel very special to have such a gift, I know it can be a burden at times but you will learn how to manage them as time goes on. I hear that meditating can help with making psychic abilities stronger and better. Maybe you could try that or do some research and find some other ways to help with your ability.I'm 15 and when I'm around people I pick up on there energy and there feelings I know it can be a burden sometimes but I feel it is a great gift to have. Just like you a lot of people I meet or don't even know feel comfortable around me cause I know what they want to hear and I can asses the situation and give them good advice. I only learned this summer that I had this ability and I think it's pretty cool! I get drained really easily and I get headaches, do you get headaches or get drained around people?...well anywho I hope that you find a method that works in assiting you in the aid of strengthening your abilities.

Ciao bella ❤

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