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I Think I'm An Empath


This is my second post on this website, but this time I'm trying to figure something else out.

I've always been sensitive to people's feelings, and I grew up this way. If I was with sad people, I would cry and I'd be giddy with happiness if I was with happy people. Until the past few years, I went through life believing that everyone felt this way. I would reach out to people when I felt they needed sympathy, but they would push me away because the sadness or anger I felt that they were feeling was something they'd been hiding and hadn't worded. I would be devastated for days after seeing something about animal's dying, and nobody could understand why I was upset so easily. An angry finger pointed at me could feel like a shot in the chest.

The summer before grade 9, I finally told someone about the amount of pressure I felt, expecting them to agree with me and understand completely. I was soon told that I was probably just overemotional. I was so confused. All my life I thought that what I'd been going through was something that everyone had to go through. I thought I was a freak. I didn't know what was wrong with me.

Thing continued as they were, but to a higher degree. It was more noticeable. I would be in math class, and even if I completely understood, but because of the confusion my classmates felt. I felt completely and utterly confused! I spent most of my classes reminding myself that I DID get it, and trying to not confuse my feelings with that of others.

We had a speaker come in one day, a Holocaust survivor. Everyone in the room felt grief, a small tear in their eye. I bawled. I felt extreme anger as well as the grief. I cried myself dry, and then after a while I felt grief pressing down on my chest. I couldn't breathe very well, and got dizzy after a bit from lack of oxygen. I had to hold on to the chair in front of me, and the room started spinning. I nearly passed out. Could this have been from the overwhelming grief of my schoolmates?

I go into depressions because of this at times. My mum will go to work, deal with negative people, bring home all the negativity she's soaked up over the day, and as soon as she gets home, no matter how good my day was going, I can tell if she's had a bad day, and I feel choked and depressed all evening.

Am I bipolar? Am I clinically depressed? Do I belong on the funny farm? Or am I an empath? I recently discovered this term, and it seems to describe my experiences, but I wanted to make sure it wasn't just wishful thinking that I don't need psychological help.

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Vladimir (7 posts)
13 years ago (2009-10-28)
Empathy is hard I have it and hate it a friend is sad I want to cry but can't in public cause I'm a guy
i-believe-in-love (7 stories) (36 posts)
13 years ago (2009-10-12)
Anne, you mentioned creating a space of peace and meditation in my home. I do believe you that this would help me, but I find that my home environment is often stressful because of family matters. My father is terminally ill, and we have very little money, and because of this, being at home sometimes makes me feel stressed. It's hard to be calm and meditate in this environment.

Do you have any other suggestions on places or ways that I could meditate or at leave feel like I am at peace, without the stresses of others emotions or pains?

Lauren ❤
blackmombafairy (1 stories) (4 posts)
13 years ago (2009-10-06)
Anne is very right about this. You have to do something about this and not just let it take over you. The suggestions Anne gave are great ones and you should take her advice. I know how you feel and I know how horrible life can be if you don't take care of yourself and this ability. I to started out like you and I, instead of asking for help, I tried to deal with it by myself which led me to do drugs, cut, and become severely depressed. I even came close to killing myself. I got help, but after a while I thought I was better enough to stop my medicine and stop seeing my psychologist. And because I realized what was happening to me and took the same advice that Anne is giving you, I am much better, but I still need medicine for my "bipolar". It is just something that I have to deal with, and though you may not need medicine like me, you should still go see someone and TAKE ANNE'S ADVICE. Good luck with this. I hope you get the help you need to control this and deal with it.

Blackmombafairy 😁
AnneV (4 stories) (1064 posts) mod
13 years ago (2009-10-06)
The word "empath" doesn't mean anything paranormal, just that you have empathy. To feel people and situations to the degree that you do shows that you are but now you're going to have to go to the next stage and that's learning how to deal with this. Even if you go to a psychologist, they will still have to help you develop tools to deal with this energy vulnerability. As you're finding out, you can't live your life in the throws of other people's stories and emotions. You'll simply drain the very life out of yourself.

This is where boundaries come in. Mental and perhaps even physical ones. I too am empathetic to a great degree and I have to build up peace, quiet and positive energy around me. Be careful the people and drama you let into your life. You are not here to take all that on. You can't escape your relations right now, but you can create a space in your home where you can go to and recharge. Don't underestimate this! You can slowly go insane if you don't take care of yourself. Learn how to unwind, listen to others without taking full empath ownership from them, create sacred personal space that's just for you. Know that you're sensitive so carefully pick your friends and how you spend your time. If you can, spend time connecting with nature and meditate. Then you'll not find all of this quite so overwhelming.


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