I can't remember when I started first feeling this ability, but it feels like lately it's always been there in the background.
Being able to feel other people's emotions has always been my most dominant ability and easiest to feel.
Sometimes if a best friend was extremely distressed I would feel as if large, large waves were crashing into me. One time a friend was so extremely upset it felt like tsunami waves and it was impossible to ignore! If they're very angry, the "waves" would be faster, more furious or like angry bolts. Negative emotions I pick up easier on, while happier emotions are more subtle.
In a small crowd of friends, if one was feeling off or sad, I'd notice when the others wouldn't. Also, I wouldn't be able to joke around with the other friends because with the other's emotions I would feel bad if I did.
I tend to be a sort of sensitive person, but when I'm in a depressing situation or feeling extremely upset I'll shut off my own emotions.
I notice instantly when I'm dating someone when they start to not feel the same as I do for them.
One time, I met a relative's son for the first time (he was about 2 but hardly talked and was a very happy kid) and I'm a bit awkward with children but we warmed up to each other and I felt connected to him and enjoyed playing around with him. I looked away for a moment and then my grandparents' dog (we were at their house for Thanksgiving) went and bit the kid on the bicep. The kid started crying of course. I've seen kids trip and get hurt and I'd feel bad for them, but all of a sudden I felt a huge wave of fear and upset-ness and I just exploded into tears, it was that intense.
I was wondering if there were any ways to strengthen this ability... And if I could feel emotions, could I alter them too? Not to harm, but if someone was extremely upset I would like to be able to have them feel calmer, or something.