I can feel other peoples emotions. I can feel if they are happy, sad, angry and so on. At times It drives me crazy, I can't block it out all the time. What bothers me is it affects my emotions, like other peoples emotions are taking me over. I became aware of this problem when I was in my early teens. Yes it is a problem, and not a gift. I also know when someone is telling the true or when they are lying, it can be useful at times. For the most part it is really annoying, I don't want to know all the time when I'm being lied to. It makes it really difficult to trust people or to make and keep friends, everyone lies to you at some point. I've only told one person about this, and of coarse I felt disbelief in them, so I have never told anyone again. I have to be very careful at times, I'm not always aware of when other people's emotions are affecting me. When I'm around someone who is happy, I become happy. The problem is when they are angry or worse, depressed. I've felt such strong emotions that I have become enraged or have gone into a depression myself for no reason. If I'm thinking about it and I'm aware of what is going on it does not effect me. The problems occur when I'm not paying attention.
Another thing that happens to me is I have dreams that come true. It's strange though, I can never remember the events in the dream until the event is actually about to happen. It's like I go to sleep and simply wake up not having dreamed at all. Then at the start of what I was dreaming about happens all the memories come flooding back and I know what is going to happen next. So, If I wake up after a dream and can remember it, it will not come true. For the most part the dreams that come true are nothing of importance, but occasionally they are dreams of bad things. It's a really ruff thing to deal with when you know a split second before something really bad is about to happen. That's all the warning I get too, is a split second, never enough time to change what is about to happen. Sometime the dreams are about things that are about to happen with me, but most of the time they are about things I see happen to someone else.
My wife does not even know about the problems I have. She is a very out going person and loves to be social and hang out with other couples and friends. She does not understand why I hate hanging out with other people and being social. I tell her I'm just not a people person, but at times it has caused strain on our marriage. I don't know what to expect by sharing this, or even if anyone will believe me or not. I don't know if I will participate in a discussion or not, I just need to know how others who have this problem deal with it, and it feels good to vent.