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Possible Empathic Abilities And Unexplainable Feelings


I'm nearly 21 years old, and for my entire life I've always been described as sensitive or empathetic. I used to use the metaphor of a sponge. I could feel what was going on around me, even if it wasn't related at all to my situation. However, I've always had a feeling that it went deeper than that. I'm not entirely sure what it is or if I even belong on this site, but if I could get some kind of help, support, or explanation I would be so grateful to anyone willing to read and relate.

From age 8-12, my home life was often rocky, with a mother and sister constantly fighting and quite a bit of stress, anxiety, anger, and frustration coming from all sides. I would feel these emotions along with my family members, in addition to my own already confused and hurt emotions that actually did belong to me. Occasionally I would understand on some level that some of the feelings were coming from my sister or from my mother, but mostly I just felt conflicted and frightened about the strong feelings that seemed pretty much unexplainable. I would often feel sick, but in a way that was difficult for me to explain, and I would be too exhausted to go to school. At the same side, I could go around a few certain people, some I knew well some I did not, and instantly feel much calmer and warmer. Like their peace could be transferred to me.

I'm often the first person to know important information. I knew when my grandmother had passed away and ended up urging my dad to go over and check on her because I was so scared that I might be right. And I was. I also lost a young woman that was like my sister when I was 16 and the entire week leading up to her death I felt incredibly sick. I woke up that night in a gripping fear when she died.

This past year, my mother had heart surgery. When I saw her afterwards I felt as though my own ribcage had this pressure and I thought I was going to pass out. Before she had surgery I would feel a flutter in my chest, even though I've had tests and I know my own heart is fine. I had a hard time between wanting to see my mom and come for visits and not wanting to feel any pain myself. I've spent quite a bit of time in hospitals and occasionally it will be fine but the more invested in it I am myself, the more exhausting and overwhelming it is. I can feel pains that seem so real but leave when I do and I tend to get a very scared, lonely feeling inside of them.

When I'm out, I can look at someone and know if they're experiencing a negative time in their life and some kind of co-feeling happens. I've always seemed to draw in people in hard places and always been a listening ear, almost like I'm magnetic. It really does exhaust me, though, and I often have to isolate myself after an incident like that. On the other side of the coin, I often feel these types of things without looking at or speaking to anyone. Even when I'm alone, I can have this overwhelming fear or sadness or anger that overwhelms me. In my old apartment, I would often feel this when my roommate was gone. There was this gripping depression along with a kind of hatred that I never really thought I was capable of. I would often shut down for days at a time because carrying it around was so exhausting. I could leave and be fine within a few hours--so I've ruled out my own depression or anxiety issues. I'm still attempting to figure out exactly what could have caused such severe, unexplainable mood swings.

For the sake of not carrying on and on, even thought I probably already have, I'll end it here. I would love to hear responses from people with similar experiences or people who might have more of a grip on some kind of explanation to this. Thank you in advance to everyone who reads and responds. I'd love to know that I'm not alone in this. To be honest, it can really frighten me, especially when I get these feelings out of nowhere that are so difficult to let go of and even debilitate me physically. So, thank you again.

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ktofkc (2 posts)
12 years ago (2011-10-26)
I myself feel overwhelmed with the emotions people have around me, I thought maybe I had just became introverted after awhile. I work in a doctor office and ran across a couple who felt evil even though they did not say much or offend me. It shocked my system, because it felt like a heavy terrible thing that surrounded them. I hurried up did my vitals and left as soon as possible. I wanted to say what is that, even the people felt evil. The woman smiled at me in a way that I felt like she would take pleasure in seeing me in pain she induced. It was beyond weird, I sense the environment around me pretty well and read people too. Would say the fluttering of chest could be anxiety too, sometimes fluttering happens with A-fib but you say you have had a check up regarding your heart. They say people who are depressed can be perceptive to other people's emotions. Hope you are doing well.
leapoffaith (2 posts)
12 years ago (2011-10-14)
I fall into great depressions too constantly it was worse when I was younger and after therapy I felt that it was me getting a grip on it. My mom tried saying it was puberty because I would break down over nothing or over my deceased grandmother who died when I was 1 1/2 yet I rememeber her vividly. I don't know what I am I have always been very sensitive and need to help the broken people and animals. I always feel presences around me like someone is in my house or someone is watching me. I get chills and pains in my chest and when I think its my grandmother I try and talk to her and the chills magnify. I also, use to bring up memories when I was younger and say things about my grandma which no one told me and I wasn't around for. Can anyone help me?
PathR (4 stories) (1274 posts)
12 years ago (2011-09-11)
The difficult feels between 8-12 sounds similar to
My scenario except it was my mom with her husband and I was 4 years old.

When people interact there is an exchange.
In instances of arguments people use will and emotions which not only leave themself drained but people around them whom are sensative or empathics.

Just as love gives positive thought and positive energy which fills people and they then pass it on like a ripple effect it is the same for the negativity.

I have found for myself if I can fill myself with love and am balanced then I will be able to pass on light and love.

When I get a negative or confrontational person I think in my head I send love and light. This is work and unless I am filled up I have to use a shield and divert my mind so as not to be on the same level as that individual.

I work in a hospital and have to clear the place before going to work. Hospitals not only have negativity but pain which is emotional as well as physical.

Our Aura can be connected to family members. This can be viewed as a mirror since the same Dna is interconnected with a family member and when there is an imblance we feel it on a physical level and the connection is broken we sense and know the soul ties severed.

As an Empathy myself I've felt that depression you described like a lonely bottomless pit. For my neighbor after her husband had to go back to USA. After speaking to her in tears I lined it to identify it was my neighbor after an hour. I asked Creator if it is not mine I lift it to you at which point it left and then I asked for healing love and light to fill her.

Please only take what you feel comfortable with. If you wish to list what you use for balancing or meditation and wish more ideas. Just write back with what you use. 😊
DontFearTheReaper (1 stories) (1 posts)
12 years ago (2011-09-07)
I have something very similar. Except for me, I only sense when people are about to die and when ghosts are around. I will occasionally know when something bad will happen that does not involve death, but those feelings are very rare and weaker than my death feelings. I feel so self-conscious about it and am glad to know I am not alone.
I have been having this ever since I can remember and every time I have had my fortune read, the fortune teller always says something about my strong connection to the deceased.
So far, I have only told my boyfriend and two very close friends (because I know exactly how nuts I sound). But like I said at the beginning of my ramble, it is nice to know that there is someone out there who actually understands.
the_k (38 posts)
12 years ago (2011-09-06)
You're an empath which is simply that you can feel the emotions of others, if you go to a place like the mall you feel extremely overwhelmed with many different emotions, though you can feel the stronger of them all, if you concentrate on it you can feel the weaker emotions as well, but when you talk people listen. And when others truly need your help you listen, you seem to come in at just the right time. I also experience all of this

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