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I'm 15, and I live in England. I was pretty skeptical about this stuff, but I'm starting to wonder whether I am an Empath.

Of course, being a 15 year old teenage girl, I assumed that mood swings were part of normal teenage life. Every now and again I'd get waves of sadness, and then waves of happiness, within minutes of each other. I thought this was normal, until something really caught my attention.

It started as I walked into the cafeteria. As soon as I stepped through the door way, I was angry. Like, so angry my fists were shaking with rage and I had no idea why. I'm generally not an angry person. I had no idea where any of this had come from. I'd been absolutely fine just minutes before! As we walked into the food hall and sat down, my friends noticed I was distressed, and asked whether I was okay. I told them I felt angry and I had no idea why. Then, moments later, a guy a year younger than me leaped across his table and punched another boy in the face, and a fight ensued. We left the dinner hall soon after this, and as we walked away from the fight. I felt myself become calmer and calmer, as if the emotion was becoming weaker and weaker.

Some time after this, another event occurred with my friend. She seemed fine all morning, but I knew there was something not quite right about her. In chemistry, I went over to collect a worksheet, and suddenly felt like I was going to cry, I was so sad, and again, had no idea why. I turned around to find that my friend had just burst out crying. Turns out her dog died last night, she'd just kept very quiet about the whole thing (shes not one to look for attention)

I've had many other incidences like these over the past year or so, and these waves of emotion are really starting to mess me up. I find it hard to concentrate and relax, because somehow, somewhere, wherever I am, there are other people with their own problems. I'm also starting to wonder whether I am normal, or whether I am being a bit over-dramatic about the whole thing, and it's all a figment of my imagination. Please comment if you have experienced anything like this at all, it would really help.

Is this a coincidence? Mood swings? Empathy? Or just good at reading situations and people?

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Taurusgirl10 (8 stories) (113 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-05)
Your gift is real. You can choose to ignore it, but once you do so, in long time, you will no longer have that ability. Trust yourself and gain control.
I can easily see that the people who commented on your story all believe in you.
And so do I. This gift is harmless. It's nothing to be afraid of. 😁
insight (1 stories) (21 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-04)
once you learn to use it right it can become very useful. I can tell when people need me and don't want me around and when they are sad. It will help you help your friends and family. And even sometimes it can help you make friends. Oh I forgot to say before that I'm an empath too. 😊
techy75 (1 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2009-04-02)
this very much is real. I'm a bit of an empath myself. Just keep going and learn to harness this gift.
epoy1984 (14 stories) (644 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-31)
Yes it sometimes give me headaches. But try to be calm whenever that happens ❤ 😁
balckdragon (18 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-30)
i'm not exactly a high powered empath but I can relate to what you what you are going thought because I can absorb energy from people and become that emotion but I can stop it from happening and a few people will not believe me but I'm a wiccan
seer_of_shadow (5 stories) (63 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-29)
haha 😁 yes it's real. I recently developed empath ability out of nowhere so I can relate to what you're going to. It seems to happen more often with people I know really well like family or good friends but if I try I can feel anybodies emotions
silverbirch (1 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-29)
Aha, I see what you did there Girlygirl XD
Thanks, it's so cool to feel like I'm part of a virtual empath community!
Again, thankyou all.
I'm also just going to update this again with a new experience:
I was in the living room when I suddenly felt really happy, and upbeat, for no reason. I could tell this wasn't my doing, so I got up and looked out the window. My mum's boyfriend had just pulled up to tell us he'd won £10 on the lottery, he'd found an old ticket in his trouser pocket XD
How odd 😆
girlygirl89 (guest)
13 years ago (2009-03-29)
You are Most DEFINITELY not alone in this... And who better to empathize with you than other empaths! LOL 😁 ❤
silverbirch (1 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-29)
Thanks guys, I'm feeling a lot better. So it's real then? Other people feel this?
Im feeling much better knowing I'm not alone, to be honest I was scared I'd be laughed at.
Thankyou for all your advice and support
-Silverbirch 😳
Lalie1709 (1 stories) (5 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-28)
You sound similar to me. I'm afraid I can't help you much, I only recently found out I was an Empath. You could try using your gift to change people's emotions. Of course I don't mean make them unhappy (though I'm sure you wouldn't), but to cheer people up and calm people down. If you can tell someone's about to lose it, but no-one else has yet, just take them away from it. Usually, people will stew for a while before really getting angry. If everyone's calmer around you, then you might not get in the same situations. Being angry or depressed because of your gift will start to make you resent it and that would be such a waste of your obvious talent. Making someone feel a little better will make your day even if they don't know it.

Best of luck...!

Lalie Xx
sarah12375 (6 stories) (106 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-27)
You are definitely an Empath!
You're not alone though, there's lots of us.
I know how you feel about being in a cafeteria this is different from what you said, but I tend to feel very hyper because of every ones happy emotions, but when I leave the room I calm down.
I can also relate to the crying thing. Today my friend got yelled at by a teacher, she looked fine and she was smiling, but I felt like crying after it happened and I knew it was what she was thinking.

What you need to do is learn how to shield yourself, it'll help you a lot.
XtjrX (7 stories) (300 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-27)
Silverbirch- lol I did the same thing yesterday. I pulled out of mcdonalds and headed the opposite way from home. I said "can we get some icecream"? It came out of nowhere. My passenger said after left "I've been craving icecream all morning". This is an Empath thing;)
LeeD (10 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-27)
Hey silverbirch, I think I may be an empath too. I have had many experiences where people have come into a room and I have been instantly able to tell what they were feeling, There has also been times that I have been able to tell if somebody wasn't telling me the whole truth about something aswell, Am I an empath and if so is there any way of helping me focus it more.
silverbirch (1 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-27)
Okay. Something else rather odd happened today. I craved coffee. I hate coffee I really dislike it, but I was craving it really badly, I could practically taste it!
Around 20 seconds later, my friend walked up to the coffee machine and got an expresso. She then sat back down stating, and I quote 'I am really craving caffine today! Haha.'

-Is this normal? I hope I'm not going to carry on getting random food cravings, I'l end up 5 stone heavier hehe.

But seriously. I'm also worrying that I'm just a silly teenagee girl looking to be 'special' -But I'm not making it up. I don't want to be humiliated or get laughed at. I'm worried.
Maxtar (15 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
Black Heart - the irony is you never stop being new. There are always new things to learn and develop. You just may need insight from another before you can figure it out. That is why majority of us are here.

And as for silverbirch -
I know exactly how you feel. I hate taking in strong emotion. A few of the people that hang around my best friends are addicted to smoking and other stuff. The urges they give off makes me tremble sometimes. I try not to stand out when I am struck with an emotion but a lot of the time I end up turning red in the face from so much at once. I also have had the experience of anger from another. A girl who was eating with me and my friend at lunch in the school cafeteria was mad at a friend for starting a rumor and I assumed it was her because my other friends that I actually enjoy hanging out with don't put their emotions out there so often, rarely if they do. People brushed up beside me and I had to really concentrate because if I had relented all that anger I wouldn't have had an explanation. After a few minutes I asked her what her problem was and I kind of actually blurted out the question. After talking to her for a few seconds she calmed down and I seemed to be fine. Like you I'm not use to being angry. I get angry very rare and yet I have never really felt that kind of anger inside myself. You just have to find a calm place. It is really hard to stay calm when you are really mad but I think I have an instinct to withdraw into my mind cause when people go to pick a fight with me I begin to feel weird. It feels like I'm just really angry but don't actually want to hurt anyone. It feels like I shrink into the spaces of my mind. It is weird and I don't like it but it's a really strange feeling but most empaths will tell you that you need to know yourself to the best of your abilities and sift through what are your emotions and what aren't. Sometimes it gets hard to tell that it isn't yours because you feel it quite often but you have to start thinking about why you would feel that and your natural responses to a situation so you can tell yourself whether it is or isn't your emotion.
XtjrX (7 stories) (300 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
Blackheart-the message cut short. I take "being ready" back, my error is assuming that if I can do it surely anyone can.
XtjrX (7 stories) (300 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
Blackheart-i mean if you have the ability to open the door. The door opens from the outside of your visual field and moves inward. I was not at all ready for when I did it. Now I'm scrambling to get a spiritual anchor to ground me before I let it happen again. I don't see spirits really, but I have the tingles all the time now so I know they are always around. So I take "being ready" as the key to this door.
BlackHeart (16 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
What do you meen by doorway? I do space a lot though. Actually I'm fine with being alone. I got rid of my some what fear of good spirits (Char being the reason), still scared of the one time I picked up a demon in my very own commons (cafeteria) right next to my friend. And what do you meen by when I am ready? I am very curious. I bet the reason why the door is over there is because we have better sight over there. Next time I feel unsafe I will try and make it better (try and face my fears). I'm happy that you got over your fears, you see my closer friends have some sort of ability (vampire, control of the air, energy senser, see + hear spirits, destroy demons, etc.) so I hide behind them a bit. I don't have any ability. The last time I tried meditating I guess I atracted the demon.
I asked my guide to have an ability cause I always feel so left out. I am the one that has all the info though. Sorry if this is to long.


BlackHeart 😁
XtjrX (7 stories) (300 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
Blackheart-your peripheral vision is more sensitive to motion, that's the psysiological explination. Its also where the door to other dimensions swings open from:) next time you "space out" looking at a blank wall it gets dark. If you can hang in there a bit longer the doorway opens. But don't go in there until you are sure you have no fear.
XtjrX (7 stories) (300 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
Blackheart- it's going to be ok I promise:) you're still trying to rationalize your experiences. I think I conquered my fear of bad spirits yesterday. I never ever thought I could do it. But I had to to help someone here who's story I could not ignore. You know there is no physical harm in the computer room, but you feel vulnerable being alone. All normal things. Find something that makes you feel safe and go in there! Do not be a prisoner of fear in your own home
BlackHeart (16 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
Ok now I need some answers.

Well, my parents left a bit ago with all my siblings to go to this DARE graduation for my sister. So I am home alone, still at this very moment. So just a bit ago I felt an urge to not go into the computor room. I felt like someone did not want me to go in. I got this gut feeling (a soft one) to not go in. I listened taking precautions for my safety. I have also been seeing things out of the corner of my eye. It is now starting to scare me. So can someone please speak up and tell me what is happening, I would very much apreciate it. I am quite new to this stuff (and the site too) so can someone please help me.


BlackHeart 😨
proverbsjenn (2 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
well, I have had the same experiences as you. Two days ago, I got really mad, I have never been that mad, to be honest I don't know if I am empath or just being crazy.
I am a youth leader at a church, and it there was this one moment that I felt like crying so bad, like I had been hurt by a boyfriend, but I have never had one, and with me was a friend who had just broken up with her boyfriend, I was shocked to realize I was feeling her pain and suffering. It still scares me a lot because sometimes I can't tell my own feelings from the others and its all crazy. So know I try to understand the feelings and my own feelings and tell them apart, it really helps 😁
BlackHeart (16 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
I'm confused, just two days ago I got these little gut feelings around my friend and her friend (spirit named Char). She has the ability of energy (barriers, energy balls, and seeing them) and also to see and hear spirits. She has these feelings too, she said to just ignore it (I obviously can't).

A few days before I asked my guides if I could have a psycic ability, and I never ever talked to my guides or helpers ever.
I really want to know if this could be an ability, or am I just overreacting.
Oh, also I really want to get in contact with my guides, but every thing seems too hard. Can anyone tell me a simple way. Thanks.

BlackHeart 😕
Shadowdancer91 (2 stories) (15 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
I have to agree with Naturaliana. Empathy is hard at first, scince nobody is used to being bombarded with emotions at first. As you get older, try meditating. It helped me learn to block off other emotions and concentrate on the task at hand.
seer_of_shadow (5 stories) (63 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
For some unkown reason, I am started to develop empathic abilities. Especially the other night when my parents were mad at me and my sis. This is wierd as I have known for a while I could manipulate energy but this just started.
Naturaliana (48 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
Hey, welcome.

Welcome to the world of the weird.:) Being an empath, especially if you just started realizing it, might be a little hard at first, but you'll get used to the moods, and even come to embrace them. I've lived with this all my life, and yet still I sometimes curse it. But in the end, I know it is a gift and blessing.:)

-love and understanding, Val. [3rd Vendetta]
silverbirch (1 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
With me, it seems that if I am stressed or have my own, more dominant emotions, I tend to be able to shut it out easier. When I feel at peace with myself, I usually end up getting flooded with other people's emotions. I can tell the difference between my emotions and other people's, mine feel warmer, more familiar, where as other people's emotions feel slightly cold and foreign. I want to be able to shut it out when I want to, and use it when I need to, but it's hard sometimes. Other than that, I don't generally have any other abilities, just an acute sense of other's emotions.

I just hate this constant emotional intrusion, I get so tired! I can't tell anyone. I'd be laughed at. I have a knack for knowing exactly what people are going to say in a conversation. If I am talking to my best friend, we often say the same thing at the same time, and I can always sense what he is thinking or going to say from his emotional responses. I doubt this is another ability, it's just one of the uses of empathy, if only I could learn to control it.
XtjrX (7 stories) (300 posts)
13 years ago (2009-03-26)
You are like me, and this place knighted me an Empath. I score off the charts on sensitivity, so much so that before I understood I could not cope with the things I felt. I came here monday, yesterday I was approached by a researcher about some olf my abilities. Tell someone you trust what you feel. Take notes as you may not understand a percept until later. Pay attention to your body sensations! If you look at a bare wall, do you see patterns? Do you "space out" often?

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