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This is my first time on a site like this. I believe that I am empathetic. I see and feel the auras of people. This allows me to be a likable kid at my school because I see how the group acts and feels so I can fit right in. I don't know if being empathetic allows me to do this, but I also can say things right before other people say them. Almost like I'm taking the words out of there mouth.

I'm on this site because I don't know for sure if I am empathetic. I feel that I am and that I can use it to help people. Maybe become a therapist or an actor. Every one I know believes I am empathetic. I even had a face reader say I am, and I didn't even talk to her! She just walked up to me and said that I'm very in tune with people and their emotions.

Being the empathetic person that I think I am, I always have to be careful who I am around because I sort of become that person. Let's say that I am super happy and peppy (which is how I usually am) then I walk up to a group of emos. I suddenly get very sad, and who I am changes.

I would love some help on how I can control this if it is possible. Being in school, it makes it hard to be myself considering how many people there are and how diverse they all can be. Please help!

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CBItalian04 (2 stories) (3 posts)
13 years ago (2011-01-16)
I am the same exact way, bro. I am an Empath (known since I was 6) and at my school it's hard to walk down the halls alone because without a friend by my side to distract me (really the Empath that 'becomes' me at that point in the hallway), I would always feel what others would think &/or feel about me when I looked at them. I've learned to get over it as most people are going to do that, and you just have to see your way past them, but real talk I know how you feel. It's my 1st time on here too. Go to my Profile and hmu sometime because I may be of some help to you from my experiences with my Empathy and how I personally learned to control/maintain it. =)

- Arrivederci!
dreamergurl (guest)
15 years ago (2009-06-22)
You definitely sound like an empath to me! As for trying to be yourself, and not let other's feelings become your own- a lot of empaths have different ways of dealing with this. I'm not an empath, but here's what I always say to try beause it usually helps a lot. Go somewhere calm, by yourself, with no one else around who would influence your feelings. Then, meditate a little, just focusing on all your different emotions very closely. Think about each one, analyze it, see what it is about them that makes them your own. Do that a few times. Then the next time, go try it in a place where there are a few people around, like a park. Sort through all the emotions and find your own, and focus on them. Don't let other people's in. This is hard but it helps. Gradually go into more and more crowded places trying this, and eventually it will get easier. If you do it enough, after a while you should be able to focus on just yourself and your own feelings whenever you feel like it, with barely any concentration. I hope this helped! Good Luck.

Ciao for Now--
Annie ❤
JohanaBanan (1 stories) (2 posts)
15 years ago (2009-06-21)
i have a little empath too. More like a random thing pops into my head and then like 5 seconds go by and someone says it. I need help BIG TIME! Cans omeone help me? 😳
ItzyBitzy (1 posts)
15 years ago (2009-06-19)
I don't know what I have. Ha ha. Many strange things happen to me, but I won't go into much detail. Something recently happened that relates to what you're saying. There is this boy in my school who kind of gives off slight signals that he's interested in me but is really shy around me. A specific thing that happened was that he looked at me, trying not to make it obvious, when he walked passed me. I had this akward, shy, anticipated feeling. (thats the best way I can describe it) It didn't feel like they were my own emotions. The feeling cconnected to a suddon vision in my head from his point of view, seeing myself and feeling the way I did. Does this mean I felt what he was feeling? That does happen often, but I don't know how to be sure. Otherwise, could I have just imagined it because it's what I want him to feel?
Doublemint (3 stories) (261 posts)
15 years ago (2009-06-19)
Empathy vs. Empath > How to tell the difference
Most people have empathy. With empathy you can identify, respond to, understand and connect with the feelings of other's on a highly personal level. For example: We may see a change in a friends face or notice a loved ones unusual mood indicating that something is wrong. If they are willing to talk, we can listen with a deep sense of understanding that often comes from the experience of having once "been in their shoes."
The ability to empathize is a real plus in life for ourselves and those around us.
Beyond empathy, there is being "an Empath" - the ability to actually feel the feelings, thoughts, pain, happiness and distress of others telepathically. It is an innate ability.
A mother who feels her child is in danger, a twin who knows a sibling is in distress, or a spouse who feels a loved one is in pain... Are all empathic experiences.
Professional "Therapists" caregivers are often drawn to their careers because of their sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others. People who are Empaths are natural healers, because they often know what's going on with the people they are trying to help.
Many people are empathic without even realizing it. When they walk into a room and
Their energy merges with the energy of another person in the room, or even a pet, to the point that they become aware of their feelings inside their own body - that's empathic."
There are clear benefits to being an Empath in everyday life, whether or not someone is psychic. As long as you are not to judgmental of the info you receive from others, it can intensify your gift of communication and deepen relationships.
Empaths can sense things about other people and situations that help avoid some misunderstandings. For instance, a person having an empathic experience may be in a situation where someone says one thing, and does another. They feel the other person's truth inside their body. If they trust their instincts, they may end up making a better decision based on the feelings they pick up.
To deepen these skills, anyone can learn to trust instincts as they sense things about people or situations in everyday life. Allow your natural empathic abilities to be heard and felt. Don't think, I can't know or feel that!" For Empaths, emotional detachment is the key to staying healthy. It's important to separate personal feelings from the feelings of others and be able to shake them off, or shield one's self from them completely. Otherwise you will get bombarded with the mood or the vibrations of a person or a crowd.
Those who are always finding themselves getting sympathy pains, headaches or anxiety may be picking up symptoms from those around them, unknowingly. Invasive feelings can leave an undiscovered Empath with that "weight-of-the world-on-their-shoulders feeling." Anyways after any empathic experience, it's important for you to clear your emotions or you will feel a form of "jet lag." I suggest putting your hands under running water imagine the water rinsing off the feelings as you say these words > I release all feelings from this experience > say it a few times until you feel calm. You can also do this while showering before you go to sleep > works for me.
The ability to understand what others are feeling is more common than being able to feel what other people are thinking, both skills are important in everyday life. Being an Empath allows you to think outside the box. Having empathy contributes to the understanding of one's self in the context of others.
Hopefully now you have an understanding of what empathy is and what an Empath does. In any case, learning to trust your instincts is generally the best course of action in leading a healthy, happy life. I hope this helps you futher your gift.
Peace and Light to you
fossilera (4 stories) (124 posts)
15 years ago (2009-06-19)
based on what you said, I would say you are an empath.

You do need to be careful though, because I remember when I was in school, it used to be overwhelming-the amount of emotions that people have in high school is crazy. It still is, but not as much because I began meditation.

I say use it to help someone-In my school people would often come to me because I seemed to be the one that they could relate to. It was because I felt it when they needed a person to talk to. This ability is a blessing and curse-you feel good when others do, but also feel their pain. For example, I share a some kind of link between a special person. One day she was feeling extremely sad-And I felt like someone punched me in the stomach.

In terms of controlling it-you can try meditation (plenty of techniques) -in my case it allowed me to filter out the "general emotions" of everyone else, and let me focus on the person that I wanted to.

If you feel that you need a break from it for whatever reason-you can try picturing a barrier surrounding you. It can be anything: a white light (works for me), a brick wall, or even picturing that a monster is eating the projected emotions.

Tried not to ramble too much-and hope it helps some
lorynbaby (5 stories) (65 posts)
15 years ago (2009-06-18)
i have the same exact thing happen to me. I have got a whole bunch of different types of friends from different types of groups. If I hang out with one of my friends from the "emo" crowd I become depressed in a metter of minutes. I have a few of friends who are real quiet and shy and when I'm around them I get a little less loud (im normally a very loud person). And it stinks because some people think I have a split personality or am bipolar when I'm not. So if someone starts to notice, just stay calm. Don't assume they are jumping to conclusions. Just tell them (if your comfortable) that other peoples feelings kind of rub off on you. Hope this helps. 😉
punk151551 (1 stories) (14 posts)
15 years ago (2009-06-18)
It sounds like you have empathic abilities. Do you ever get drained by certain people or certain emotions? Sometimes draining can cause headaches. I would look into it. Search empathic ability or empathetic or empath. You will be surprised how many websites tell you about it and even help you with it. Maybe look into controlling it. I have tried controlling it and I'm not very good at it so I try to avoid certain people who drain me. I am going into therapy when I am of age because of how in tune I am. Helping people is a good line of work for people with empath abilities. Be careful, it can cause negitive emotions to linger in you so you should cleanse yourself of negitivity often. A good way to clense it through meditation. Plus, meditation is quite relaxing and it will help you tap into more abilities if you wish to do that. I hope I helped!

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