I've been am empath all my life. I just never knew what it was. I sometimes feel as if it is a gift, but other times I feel it is a curse. I realized that I can't shut t empath off. I've tried some stuff but I hasn't really worked. Don't get me wrong I love being an empath, but I hate it when I get negative emotions. My school is full of negative people so I get a lot of that. The emotion just sticks to me until an emotion stronger that that overpowers it. Anyways, recently my friend at school has been having really bad problems with her boyfriend. She hides it from everyone, and by first glance you can't see how far off she is. I can tell though. As soon as I walk into a room the she is in I get a very upset/frustrated feeling from her. I asked her what was wrong, and we had a long conversation about it. The longer we talked the better she felt, but I had a sudden knot in my stomach, like you get when you do something bad. I asked my friend about it and she told me that when she is upset she gets that feeling. I didn't know that so it kind of scared me. I feel happy to help anyone so at those moments I feel it is a gift.
A problem I have had with empathy is being around really negative people. We all have someone like that in our life. Well, it makes me feel really mad and aggravated when I'm around negative person. It messes up my whole mood. For example, I went to the mall with my mom one day. I was happy that she had finally agreed to take me. As soon as I got into the mall and into a crowd and I suddenly felt very angry. My mom began to speak to me and all I heard was attitude, and I know it was wrong of me but I for no reason began to argue over nothing with her. She ended up pushing me up against the escalator side and yelled at me. It sucks because Ken someone is directly mad at me, and I'm already made it makes things worse. Another problem is that I tend to absorb other's emotions, good or bad. Sometimes I feel that my empathy is a gift other times a curse. Any advice?