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Am I an Empath?


I don't really know where to start. I am 16 and since I was about 6 I have been different. It started out knowing if something big was going to happen. About 2-3 years later I started sensing the weather. I thought that was normal. However, when I turned 13 I knew if someone was "not telling me the whole story".

By then I thought I was a bit different. When I turned 15 I was able to "feel" what others are feeling. It started out when I could tell if something was wrong. However, I started acutely feeling what they felt. When I turned 16 I fell all the emotions walking down the hallway at school. I can tell when something is not right with someone even if they put on that happy face.

And to top it off, I am have a few psychic dreams. I have been called a freak and other names. You can't keep me away from nature. I feel so connected to it. I go outside so I can just breath. When I hear of a animal being hurt of killed I have to hold back the tears. I love animals. I didn't use to be this sensitive. My mom can feel others emotions some too. I have read pages upon pages and I have even taken a few " quizzes " to see if I am an Empath. Every one turned up positive for being an Empath.

I was scared at first but now. I am just letting it come. However, I do wish there was a way so I didn't feel so much but yet I want to feel some. And I could concentrate better in school, and not come home with a headache. Because if someone is grumpy than I get grumpy... Can any one help me?

Thank for any help.

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DJSweetie17 (1 stories) (7 posts)
10 years ago (2012-10-30)
Its perfectly fine to be feeling what you are feeling. I am an empath but I have control, I have learned to build mental barriers so I can feel what I want to feel or not feel anything. I tend to lose control at times which is why I try to help other empaths. First thing to know is that what you are is amazing. Empaths are incredible, I love it but it becomes overwheming to anyone. Second, learn to build the barriers. It is hard at first but picture yourself building a barrier to stop the emotions from coming. It takes some time but eventually it will work. It took me a month. Thirdly, don't get too atttached to people. Family yes I understand you love them but I am talking about friends and relationships. I got too attached to my best friend and I felt EVERYTHING and it consumed me. I ended up losing her in the end then resulted to depression because I took on her sadness and my own. It hurt but that was why I came on here and someone said to me the same I am saying to you now:) it gets easier with time:)
rosierose (8 posts)
12 years ago (2010-06-25)
there is nothing to be sad or worried about. This gift is ment to be and I am one to. I can't find anything to help me progress. 😊 😢 😕
moondream (4 posts)
13 years ago (2009-10-11)
My gosh, I have the same issues!

I can sense how people feel, and what they need. I can figure out what's going on in people's heads before they do themselves! My friends secretly contact me whenever they have issues to help them sort out what's in their heads. Now I can figure out what people need over long distance- now I can even feel pain long distance.

Feel free to contact me, it'd be great to be in touch with someone similar to me! (I'm a teen too)
-moondream (luna.moondream [at]
rita (1 posts)
13 years ago (2009-09-20)
My dear friends,
I hope a lot of you will be able to read this message because I think it will help you greatly. 1st of all, don't worry or be afraid, you are not lunnies or imagening things. Empathy is a gift from God (although sometimes it is very painful emotionaly in may ways.) Most of the feelings you arr having are not yours so don't get depressed. Each one of you should have a particular kind of empathy. This gift has been given to you to help others. There are many ways to help and many people and lost souls that need your help. The feelings you get may not always come from other people but souls aroud you that need your help. Dont be afraid (most of these souls are very sad). It takes time to discenrn where the emotion is coming from. Empaths are usualy lightbearers, they help souls cross over to the light. My 1st advise to you is star with a spiritual hygene. Prayers to Jesus or God or according to your faith. For those of you that are christains and others also I would start reading The Aquarian Gospel of jesus the christ (free online. (It is a very spiritual book and will help you as a 1st step to get you in touch with your spirituality in big way. Empath aer people who are full of divine love and are children of the light. Prayer or calls to God or whomever your spiritual guides are will put on the right track. Divine spirits are all around us to help us and empaths are the ones that feel tham most. Let me know if you need more info. LOVE RITA
Empathsam (3 stories) (109 posts)
13 years ago (2009-07-24)
Im one too. (an empath) past the obvious I found out I was one to. A weak one, but an empath, even at that. I do not feel distinct emotion like you can, but I here the strong empaths have overwhelming symptoms without blocking the negative.
christiangirl (9 posts)
13 years ago (2009-06-23)
I was born an empath, my mom said she'd have to protect me from negitive energy.
heidi17 (2 stories) (12 posts)
14 years ago (2009-02-07)
you do seem to be empathic. I am too. And actually, a lot of people on this site are. Embrace this gift. It truely is that, a gift. Meditating helps me. Try to stay away from sick people, that sure stinks when you pick up on that feeling. Good luck!
Scaredlilboy (10 posts)
14 years ago (2009-02-05)
ive had things like that, too. I can feel peoples anger at a teacehr when they give to much homework or when someone is bugging them.
hunnybunny (3 stories) (21 posts)
14 years ago (2008-12-25)
hm...sounds like me kiddo
Ive been dealing with my senstive emotions since I can remember. I figured out I can feel emotions when I was 13 but I always seemed to be different when I was little. If you want to stop feeling emotions from random people do somethings iv learned to stop. With these things iv taught myself to only feel emotions of others whenever I want. Try this:
Try ignoring every other feeling your getting. Try to figure out if its your emotion or not if its not your emotion just carry out on your day ignore the feeling.
Try learning different ways to feel the people you choose emotions. For example, I have taught myself to clear my mind and read emotions with my hand on there hand. * I hope this makes sense*
Just keep a clear mind not so clear but to the point were you can control when you want to read emotions or not.
Im 16 now and its helped me alot. My empathy seems normal now it doesn't bother me as much. Then again I'm still super sensative. Lately weird things have been happening to me too like owls have been following a shadow follows me and very werid things. Ha just don't be scared about what happens. You have this ablity for a reason. Just learn to control it
I hope I helped a little >.< ❤
Eralight (1 posts)
14 years ago (2008-12-23)
hey, that sounds almost exactly like me! When I was younger, about 7 years old, I realized I could visualize things in all its dimensions (though it was not as clear as now in the early stages), but I dismissed it thinking that all others could do this too, like... I had thought visualization was supposed to be like that. So I just lived on with it, and then when I was 11, I started practising it consciously (even though I could do it naturally... I wasn't at my fullest potential for this so I decided to train myself further); I began switching to sensing things from different perspectives of different beings - ants, my hamsters, plants, animals, non-living things, and many others. Right now I'm 13 and this has become natural to me, and I also realized that not all could do it; I had a friend who was interested in light healing, and he asked me for a few tips, but when I informed him of some techniques which required loads of tele-visualization, he said he couldn't do it and gave up in the end. Only then did I notice that something was strange.

When I was 11, I started making use of this visualization skill to make decisions when stuck in quagmire situations. I had a terrible friendship turmoil with a backstabber friend, and over the whole of that year I put empathy into full use, and made a choice that has hurt no one further and benefitted both sides. Now I have nothing to evade when I return to my primary school during festivals.

Now in secondary school, our school conducted an EQ test, and I hit a high challenge for the empathy column: 138/145. In the report they said it was a challenge, though I wonder why. I'm not having troubles handling it - I am capable of navigating my emotions just as well and not be personally affected when I provoke others' feelings in me. Perhaps it means different things... And I'll have to wait to find out.

However, I didn't understand one part: articles indicated that empathy is inheritary. Both of my parents were dipped in asian culture and none of them believed in these things - I was always said to be finding myself danger by meddling with parapsychology and spiritual things, though I stood firm in my own opinions. And I am the only one in my family who noticed how people felt through all of their facades, no matter how good they were - sometimes it frustrates me since they won't be having the same opinions as I do, and they would say I'm childish just because they thought the different way. For example, I noticed something wrong in my grandparents' eyes when my mom and I left China back for Singapore; we could only meet them twice in a year, and they're old now... And getting older as time flows by, yet they never said anything about it. But I felt their feelings anyway, and I've decided to fly back to China alone next year during the June holidays to visit them (my parents couldn't come due to work and stuff). At first my father objected, but I don't know what happened in the end that made him accept my decision. I'm glad about it.

I guess being an empath involves being overly sensitive too, in society's opinion, and we have to deal with miscommunications and differing viewpoints and accept ourselves, even if society isn't so ready to do so (at least, in Asian communities). People do call us names, I have been called those things too, and they don't understand us as easily at times. That's when we have to forgive and understand - we're empaths, right? We have to view things from their perspectives too. We have to lower or raise our intelligence levels and emotional capacities according to our subjects; a tricky art to master, but useful all in all.

Empathy has helped me a lot. I loved, treasured, and made use of these skills as wisely as I can - I suggest you do too, it is an extraodinary gift. I am glad we're alike, really. That makes me realize that we're not as alone as we think.

Don't worry, and may light enlace your path!

lisamarie (25 posts)
14 years ago (2008-12-05)
Hi YVe72, yes my ex actually had an ulcer that was on a main artery that burst and he lost all of his blood so quickly. Every time they tried to pump it back in, it was oozing out of him. He ended up having a massive heart attack, all at the very young age of 32. So sad, so shocking for my son... We had an uncanny likeness and we understood each other. Thankyou for that because this metallic taste may just be what you are saying it is. Love and White light to you YEV72. ❤ ❤
lisamarie (25 posts)
14 years ago (2008-12-05)
Okay guys here goes, I shall try to explain again how I actually feel the spirits touch me. I might miss my deceased loved ones and I will feel a hug overwhelm me, just an invisible one... I can't see them hug me, but I actually feel the tightness of the hug around my arms and the love that comes from a hug. I feel my hair getting stroked by my nana floss, who did that when I was a little girl before she passed away. The most frequent sensation that I experience is my hand actually feels pressure like it is being held by someone (its just that I don't actually see someone holding my hand). If you get someone to hold your hand in real life, that is exactley what I feel. When I am thinking and communicating with my best mate who committed suicide by hanging, I actually feel a burning in my neck and my friends have actually seen a red mark around my neck. That is the way I know that it is him who is contacting me. I suppose the feelings I experience can help me to differenciate between each deceased loved one. What I am really wondering is if anyone else experiences the same thing that I do? Very very interested to see and get a detailed description of what others on this site have experienced that is similar. Love and White Light to you all. Xo ❤
Silent9 (2 posts)
14 years ago (2008-12-03)
I don't know much about this empath stuff but it sorta sounds like me check out my bio if anybody wants to help or talk with me my email is on my profile.

But there are 2 ways I block out other peoples emotions or the ability to tell when people are lieing (idk what it is but it's impossible to lie to my face without me telling, it's as much as a gift as it is a curse)

1 substance abuse. Even cigarettes help block it out

2 if it's a certain person you can feel strongly. I make myself temperaroly hate them it blocks it out. Until you let the hatetred go
yzfr6sweetie (1 stories) (2 posts)
14 years ago (2008-11-11)
Blood can leave a metallic taste in your mouth... I know from experience unfortunately... So I don't know if that can help you. I don't know how your ex died but maybe it has something to do with that. Maybe if there was a lot of blood involved? Sorry to be so gruesome 😢 but its just a thought.
YVE72 (5 stories) (212 posts)
14 years ago (2008-11-11)
lisamarie...getting unexplained tastes in your mouth is also a psychic ability I think its called "clairgustance". Google that or "clear tasting" for enough. This metallic taste might have to do with how your ex died. That could be another signal that his spirit is around. In death, just like in life, we have free will. Everybody doesn't crossover immediately into the Light. I don't mind if they come back to visit AFTER crossing and "checking in". The question is has he even done that?

Also as far as the angels are concerned, Doreen Virtue seems to think she's figured out the number prompts. Here goes...
111 or 1111- Monitor your thoughts carefully and ONLY think about what you really want. A snapshot is being taken and will be manifested.
222- Our newly planted ideas are beginning to grow into reality. Keep nurturing & visualizing them and so you'll see evidence of their manifestation.
333-The Ascended Masters are near you. They want you to know that you have their help, love, & companionship. Call upon them often when you see the 333's around you.
444-The angels a surrounding you, reassuring you of their love and their help.
555-Be prepared for a major life change. It is a natural part of life. Don't view it as positive or negative.
666-You thoughts are out of balance right now, focused too much on the material world.
777-The angels congratulate you. Keep up the good work and know your wish is coming true.
888-Be forewarned, a phase of your life is about to end.
999-Completion. This is the end of a big phase in life. It is also a message to lightworkers involved in Earth healing "Get to work because Mother Earth needs you right now."
000-A reminder that you are one with God. Feel the Creator's love within you. Or a sign that a situation has gone full circle.

Sorry so long. 😊
lisamarie (25 posts)
14 years ago (2008-11-11)
Thanks YVE72 how do I find out what my angels want?, also getting a metallic taste in my mouth. Does anyone know what it means, since my son lost his father my ex this taste has been happening. I feel spirit around me more than ever now, could it be that he never could let me go? 😕
YVE72 (5 stories) (212 posts)
14 years ago (2008-11-10)
lisamarie...11's, especially 111 or 1111 is the "wake up call" for lightworkers. Your angels are trying to get your attention. 😊
lisamarie (25 posts)
14 years ago (2008-11-10)
After reading ths page it makes me wonder if most empaths are poets? I also read tarot and practise reiki, I enjoy healing people. I see the number eleven everywhere does anyone else?
lisamarie (25 posts)
14 years ago (2008-11-10)
Does anyone actually feel ther hand tigten as if spirt is hoding your hand? I can ask a question and my and will squeeze for yes. Can feel them hug me, sometimes they move my hands to point out what they want to say. My son lost his father four months ago and I feel my gift has strengthened a lot since then. He was still in love with me even though we split years ago, could that be why I am sensing more spirt? 😊
vendettaBabes (3 stories) (335 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-03)
umm...i don't get it. What do you mean by this? What are you trying to explain?
preacher247 (20 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-03) check out this site it has loads of useful info on it
vendettaBabes (3 stories) (335 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-03)
hey sam, nice to meet ya. My name's val, and I live in WV. I am an empath teen, 14 years old. I've been empathic all my life. I have a question for you, do you NOT want these abilities? I will not judge you, and not only because the empathy makes me see from your point of view, but because I know I am nobody to judge you. My views on this subject is that I love my empathy. Even if it makes me feel or do things I don't always like.

I have also been called names, including liar, freak, weido, retard and posser when someone discovered that there was something "wrong" with me. They didn't have to know what it was, they still bugged me about it. The ones that actually HURT were the names 'liar' and 'posser' because I could feel that hey meant it, and even though I wasn't lying, they wouldn't believe me. Please write back.

Thanx, and good luck. 😊
YVE72 (5 stories) (212 posts)
14 years ago (2008-09-24)
lisamarie...If you can feel spirits touch you or have gut feelings about upcoming events, then you are clairsentient.

Empathy is the ability to feel the emotions of the living and dead.

You have both gifts of psychic feeling.

Peace & blessings. 😊
lisamarie (25 posts)
14 years ago (2008-09-24)
maybe if I feel spirit touch me and thoughts come to my head that are so not mine. I feel when people near me are sad or get really big gut aches and sick feelings all day bfore something is going to happen. Maybe I am an empath would I be right? Please help me understand, I'm not sure if I am clairsentent or empath my husband says pathetic.
SmileLikeAFrogSmiles (1 stories) (2 posts)
14 years ago (2008-08-30)
hey I'm 15 and I feel peoples feelings as well. I feel them most strongly when I'm around lots of people. Like at church, and everyone is singing and praising the lord and stuff I get so many feelings that I feel overwhelmed and when I focus on one person their feeling pokes out the most but when I don't focus on anyone in paticular I feel all the mixed feelings of joy and sadness and worship and I feel really sick and overwhelmed. I haven't been to the youth church I go to in months because of the feelings I get. I think that I understand what you are going through. And would love to help you. It isn't easy having empathic abilities but it isn't a curse. Look for the bright things in it. There are plenty! 😁
hunnybunny (3 stories) (21 posts)
14 years ago (2008-08-10)
Sweetie I now excatly how you feel I'm about to turn 16 and I also feel emotions. My friends don't call me a freak at all because they find it amazing, but I also have people who don't believe me until I read there emotions to them. Personaly I have been going through a lot right know and I have locked up my emotions deep inside me so I am able to feel the emotions of others faster. I wish to know how to be able to block it but simply I have learned that if you block the emotions of others you will be stuck with yours which you might confuse with others. But I also get moody when someone is angry or depressed when someone is sad. I also feel the sadness of the animals. So sweetie just try getting stronger on your emotions and don't listen to people who call you a freak. Just because your different doesn't mean a thing. Trust me I'm not any where normal:D I love being different, you should be proud of your ablity
Anxiety (3 posts)
14 years ago (2008-07-21)
I've been able to feel other peoples emotions for as long as I can remember. I always felt so different, and I still do. I went to a rich spoiled brat kid school (no offense to rich people. Not all rich people are like that) and I could feel that they thought I was weird. I never talked much, I was very anti-social and still am. Being around a lot of people always overwhelms me for some reason. Anyway, I ended up leaving that school because I could feel their dislike for me and even almost hatred. I went to a new school, and I've been great there, no ones feelings towards me are like that. But when someone picks on someone else or feels that they think someone is weird, I can feel it and it annoys me.
Everyone is psychic, just for most its still hidden. Yours obviously isn't hidden. When I was younger I started to be able to feel ghosts. Not see them, but feel their presence and them watching me. It scared the crap out of me, I would sleep under the covers at night because I felt like they couldn't see me that way. That was when I was younger then 11. Then my dad who is psychic told me that if I feared them then they would just get stronger. So I learned to ignore them, and now they don't scare me at all.
As for not feeling so many emotions, you just have to learn to ignore them. They won't go away, if you ignore them they'll just kind of 'tune' down.
As for animals, I'm very connected with them. I can feel their emotions as well. I can always tell when one is going to die soon also, but I never trust my instincts and ignore the feeling. Then they die a few days later.
Meditating will help you become more aware of your psychic abilities and you can learn to control them and learn more about them.

I hope this helps
hales3 (9 stories) (115 posts)
14 years ago (2008-07-16)
Sam, I would like to discuss some things through email, would that be ok? My email is listed on my profile. Hope to talk to you soon 😊
austinseekshelp (4 posts)
14 years ago (2008-07-06)
I have similar feelings except that I do not think I am indeed an Empath. I come from a family of all older brothers, and both my parents are my birth parents. My outter family extends to all boys for cousins and one girl cousin. Since I was about 7 (I would say) I have felt almost overwhelming presences around me. I'm sorry... Okay yes there is no time on these comments but I feel right now as I'm typing this a very overwhelming feeling of distractions (my girlfriend called right when I finished typing that, and I knew that she was going to ask about this but she asked about how to use a Quija board because her and a friend are using one) I feel as though there are things around me trying to tell me things in advance to them happening and I don't know if I am in-tune enough with myself to hear and comprehend these actions. I myself, am by nature a sinner, I would label myself Neutral as far as religion goes. There is nothing extraordinarily special about me but these three reasons are not why I come here to get help. Please, Sam, if you or anyone else here can talk to me I would love to talk immediatley. My Yahoo Messenger ID is kcnotorious, please send me an IM I'll keep my messenger on for whoever wants to help me out. Thank you.
DarkRaven75 (2 posts)
14 years ago (2008-07-01)
Wow! I'm so glad I found a site that has other Empaths. I didn't find out that I was an Empath until a few weeks ago when I was studying psychic phenomenon and the paranormal. I had done a quiz after my lesson and my instructor said that I may be empathic. I also did an "Are you an Empath" test last night and it showed that I was 100% "Fallen Angel Empath". I never knew that there were different types of Empaths. It's amazing and I'm glad that there are other people out there that feel me... ❤

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