So I know I'm an empath. For as long as I can remember I have been really emotionally sensitive. I used to cry over everything and for no apparent reason sometimes. During high school I was extremely depressed as my then best friend played on my extreme guilt susceptibility to try and get me to date him. I had to stop talking to him or I would have been lost. I always lose arguments because when I'm in the room with that person everything they say makes perfect sense and seems so right, its only after I leave the room that I realize I had a different viewpoint. Now, I have realized what I am and in the last year it has gotten much stronger. I can now pick up on 4 set people over long distance and everyone else when I'm in the room with them. I have also felt someone's anaphylactic shock (and their corresponding panic attack) from being in the same building as them. I can't tell you how fun it is to lose all power to breath, feel dizzy and nausea and be panicking when you're at work and the vibes are coming from your ex. I have some control but its hard. I have a hard time sometimes sorting out which feelings are mine and which are others. My friends that I pick up on long distance are all very supportive so I will regularly send them messages saying things like "are you feeling sad today?" and they will let me know. I find it usually fades a lot when I can locate the source. The feelings that normally come through strongest are anger, depression, hurt, sadness, all the bad ones. I do sometimes pick up on happiness if its extreme or in the same room with me.
I can see the benefits of this. Its a gift and a curse. I am always self analyzing because of it and it has really shaped the person I am but I find that I am a bit of a chameleon now, taking on traits of everyone I meet. I just wish I knew more about it and could exert a bit more control. One of the 4 that I feel over distance is my ex (the one who's allergic reaction I felt) and I would love to sever that connection if possible. I actually want to develop it and learn to control it as much as possible at the same time cause I like having it. People can't usually lie to me effectively and I can help friends when they need it, plus, I work in childcare so a little empathy never goes astray. Its just frustrating when you spend two weeks crying for no apparent reason. Any advice on this would be welcome.
My other quirks include seeing/hearing ghosts sometimes, I think I can feel them as well sometimes.
Ohh, and my third eye is active so I get these lovely pressure headaches in that spot.
My family experiences include ghost experiences, astral projection, premonition dreams, and seeing auras. I think I'm the only empath tho.
I love the fact that I'm not alone and I wish I had googled this earlier. Ohh well, better late than never. Its just good to share with people who are in the same boat.