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How Do I Stop Feeling Other People's Emotions?


One day I came to work. As soon as walked through the door, I felt angry. I couldn't explain it. Nothing happened to make me feel that way. The customers were behaving, my co-workers were all busy doing their various jobs, and everything was running smoothly. I recognized quickly that the sensation was bleeding in from the outside. It was like I'd breathed in air that was full of emotion, it was contagious. I had to fight myself to keep from slamming things around, or telling off the boss, or doing something else rash and stupid. It was so strong, it made me think for a minute, until I realized it wasn't coming from me, that I wanted to up and quit my job right then. That's how strong it was. Then, one of my co-workers, she was named Anna, she suddenly turned away from her station and marched back to the main office. Anna and I are not friends, and so when I came in, I hadn't gone around to her station to say hi or anything. I didn't even know she was over there, because she was hidden behind a bunch of racks and boxes, until she stomped off towards that office. What followed was a screaming match between her and the boss. (I'm not sure what about at this point.) She quit, though, yelling at full volume, and stomped out in a cuss-word studded fury. As soon as she was gone, and I mean immediately, the sensation of senseless anger lifted and was gone. Poof!

It wasn't the first time that something like this had happened to me, although, every time previous, the emotional bleed-over only happened during skin-to-skin contact.

I wish I could shut these feelings out. I don't really have a lot of my own strong emotions, and these emotions bleeding in from other, random sources will often overwhelm me. I used to be able to prevent it by simply avoiding touching people I didn't trust. And, if someone was transmitting something I didn't like, I could simply break the skin-to-skin contact. Now, this is no longer working. The feelings are coming through the air, from whoever feels like transmitting. I can't make them stop, and half the time, I can't trust that the emotion I feel is really my own and not some random nearby strangers'. I hate it.

Anyone know a way to stop the feelings from getting in? I just want to feel my own feelings again.

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ermacd (2 stories) (19 posts)
12 years ago (2010-07-04)
Jnsimmons, you wrapped up just about every relationship I ever had. Very discriptively too I might add.
hunnybunny (3 stories) (21 posts)
12 years ago (2010-06-20)
hm... Well haven't we all just gone through something like that? Well all I can really tell you is that its ok to wamt to block out the emotions but once you start blockin your ablity I'm lettin you know right now you might never get to feel it again. This choice is really up to you. To block out the emotions all you have to do is keep your mind cklose if you start to feel someone elses feelin and not yours just ignore it like if it was a annoyin bug and keep your mind busy slowly the emotions will start to disappear and only yours you will feel. I hope this helps you if it doesn't let me now. I wish you the best and good luck (:
Tink (1 posts)
12 years ago (2010-05-02)
Hello ClockworkTemple,

I can relate to you in such a huge way. I'm glad I came across your post tonight. I am an Empath and it sounds like you are too by the way you feel other people's emotions. To me it is very new, or to put it in better words I have finally come to accept my gift. I always knew there was something different about me, but I wasn't quite sure what it was until only about a month ago.
YES! It is very hard at first, but it is a gift. Learning how to controll it and protect yourself from being overwhelmed is the key.
I spent the first two weeks throwing up every day by becoming overwhelmed. Now I suffer head aches, which is somewhat easier, but I still have so much to learn.
Find someone who can teach you like an experienced Empath. That is what I have done. Don't run from your gift, embrace it.

Peace, Love, & Harmony,
Iunderstand (3 stories) (153 posts)
12 years ago (2010-04-19)
First I will say this. Read my story. There are many things I do to try and escape other peoples thoughts and feelings. The best thing iv found to do is to smile, just start smiling. Then as you smile imagine yourself smiling. Think of a good memory or a friend you love and imagine living that memory again in your head, allow the memory to control all your thought, imagine the sounds in your memory. Allow yourself to be engulfed in the emotion so that you feel positive energy fill inside you. Imagine this energy is expanding larger and larger in your mind and as is expands it forces and pushes all negative thought from you. Only focus on the positive energy. Another thing you can do is walk up to someone and say something nice about them. Complement them for something. As you notice their positive reaction smile and be sincerely interested in what they say next. Absorb their positive emotion. And when you start to feel down later use the memory to regenerate the positive energy. I'm a devout Christian by the way and strongly suggest everyone I meet to read about the life of Christ as it is written in His word. This will work for you. I didn't read it from a book or hear it from someone else. This is what I do when I start to feel sad or confused with all the chaos around me. I'm perfectly confident that you will be ok, you should be confident in you aswell.:)
wolfie421 (2 posts)
12 years ago (2010-04-11)
im not sure if I'm really an empath or all is just in my mind... Can someone help me? I have feelins of highs and lows - one minute happy and one mine sad... And my mind is a jumbled up mess of emotions... I'm not clear of what I'm feeling anymore... I just tot I'm a messed up girl and just suffering from depression or sth... I could not take it... So I sorta just shut myself out... I become cold -hearted and do not care about people anymore... But by doin this... I feel very sad... Because this is not the real me... After giving much thot... I know altho all the feelins can be overwhelming... But I still want to give them a try and be back to the real me... I'm sorry but I cannot express myself very well... And all these may sound very confusing... But I just hope someone can guide me how to open up myself again...

Thank you...

Jhoeiz [at]
jnsimmons (1 posts)
12 years ago (2010-03-26)
So I've always felt very cold hearted, I have trouble experiencing my own emotions. I do not get sad on my own, or overly joyous, or feel excitment. I am often unsure how I feel about a person in a relationship, I always feel like I'm just running through the motions. I know how to love, I know how to make people happy, I know how to be the perfect gf, daughter, student. I know what people want to hear and if I'm not getting just the reaction I want, I can twirk what I'm doing until it "feels" like I have made the other person feel what I want them to feel. The problem that I have is I often getting an overwhelming sense of emotion from the person I am in a relationship with about how they feel towards me, sometimes I think before they even realize they feel that way. Heres an example so that I make sense, lol: The last few days I am very excited to go see my boyfriend, but when I get there I start to feel as though our souls are distant, as if he is detatched. No this is not me ignoring obvious signs of a declining relationship. He acts the same way, still holds me and gives me sweet kisses and all that jazz and he still says he loves me and that everything is fine, but it's like I can feel the pending doom of our relationship before he even knows he is going to feel that way. I am not just a crazy girl that thinks all of my relationships are going to end drastically, cause that's actually never happened to me, I just KNOW that I am getting these feelings that radiate from him, but I can't ask him about them because he gets seriously confused as to where I am getting these ideas from, and then I just get frustrated because I know I feel it from somewhere but I can't talk about it, I just have to pretend to feel happy and normal. I don't know if this made any sense... It a hard thing to explain. And its not just in my relationship. Anyone I am around, I have always been really good at reading people in a way that has come so natural my whole life that I thought it was just common sense. I can just be around someone and I know if they are struggling with something, or experienceing extreme joy or if they are confused. I just kind of know, and I never understood how other people can't tell when I find these things so obvious. Can someone let me know if I make any sense or if I'm just wierd...
TheCowSaysMu (1 stories) (3 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-22)
You have taken the first step by recognizing that it is someone else's emotions. Now you must PRACTICE this recognition everytime you feel someone else's emotions. If you are a woman, it is hard to do right before "Ms. Monthly" comes to visit. But, just keep cognizant. If the emotions get overwhelming, go somewhere quiet and peaceful, like the beach or mountains. Look out into creation, breathe, smell the clean air, flowers etc. Eat a healthy lunch and a piece of chocolate. Listen to soothing music. When you leave your peaceful place, stamp your feet and brush your hands over your arms legs, head pushing away from you. You can say something like, "leave me, I don't want you." and go in peace. 😆
Malcrovix (1 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-22)
This is not empathy or feeling peoples emotions, you are simply tunning into what has all ready happened or is about to happen. Remember that you are reading things about other people with your spirit, treat it simply as information in the same way that you would read a newspaper. To block them treat them as other peoples emotions, you are not responsible for their anger or emotional heat. This can be useful for avoiding situations that can harm you. I have been reading peoples emotions since 1989 and you can learn to filter and block, eventually you will be able to read people at will. Which will help you to know things about those you meet and wether you are safe around them, or they are a danger to you. The best way to block is not to get too focused on the emotions, just let them pass by or read them if you choose to. Believe me this is a useful gift, for years I worked with homeless men and women and always knew who the dangerous ones where just by feeling their emotions and reading my own feelings. I also learnt to listen to the spirit world and they would warn me of danger and even in some cases what somebody was planning to do. Take heart and I hope you can accept your gift.
Nikdan (1 stories) (2 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-22)
Yes same here, very energy consuming if you can't handle it, and totally agree with ermacd. Take care.
Oracle101 (2 stories) (506 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-22)
For advice on Empathy you might want to read my other posts. Today I posted extensively about Empathy and Protection.

Oracle101, Psychic and Medium for 43 years
Always happy to help others
For more advice on this subject and others click on my profile name to read my stories and other posts
IwanttoHelp (1 stories) (68 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-21)
Try to make a psi shield or a bubble shield,
You can find on the internet how to make one. 😁
ermacd (2 stories) (19 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-20)
For me, it was a matter of acceptance. The more I fought against it, the harder it became.

If you can first accept your gift, then you'll make a big difference. It's a part of who you are. It's like accepting the ability to walk. You accepted it and yet you don't focus on it all the time.

After you accept the empathic bit, you can begin to sever the connection between feeling and absorbing. You have to train yourself (after accepting) to be able to enter a room and say, "Okay, all these emotions are around me, and I can tell what others are feeling. I can feel it, but I'm stopping there. I won't let them saturate my own energy."

When you accept, you become aware/in tune of your ability and it becomes a lot easier to control. It's probably not going to happen overnight. It took me years, but that's because I didn't have any help for the majority of it. Most of my time was spent rejecting it. Hope this helps.
Francine30 (1 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-20)
I have exactly the same thing... I feel what other people feel all the time... It has been like this for as long as I can remember, and every attempt to block it has failed... So if you do find anything that might help, please let me know...
HadeCheveyo (2 stories) (4 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-19)
Thats very interesting story, I think what you have is called Empathy which I myself have a small bit of that.
The best way to handle that is to learn to block your mind. Yes, it is very hard but over time you can slowly learn to block other peoples emotions.
What I do is think of a brink wall in your mind with your thoughts and emotions on one side and the other thoughts and emotions on the other. That always helps me, of course you can use your own method!
Good luck!

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