For almost four years now I have been able to feel the emotions of people around me. I can control it with a great deal of concentration, but more often that not it will come to me randomly from any given person. The emotions themselves are at times very over powering and happen suddenly. It takes a great deal of effort to block out, and at times when I am in a crowded place it drains me in every way including physically. Stronger emotions that are felt often cause me a very different physical experience. One good example is if someone has is angry to the point of rage my vision will blur.
Perhaps one of the more interesting things about this ability is that there is one person that I can feel all the emotions of at any given time or distance. She was not the person who would believe in any idea of ability this obscure until time and time again I would ask her why it was she was feeling a certain way. Being a person that was very guarded she would never give any outward appearance of the emotion.
To be honest I've always cared greatly for people in general and haven't known why. I have a love for helping others and strive to do so. The only problem is that since the development of my ability I have started to get slightly bitter at people. The main reason for that is that they feel one way but act the opposite. They will ask for advice but never intend to follow it. I still have a want to help and I believe that want is a big reason why this ability emerged in the first place but I suppose I just want a little bit of advice from others that deal with the same. I have only met one other person that had this ability and they wanted to get rid of it.