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I Think I'm An Empath, But How Can I Grow Stronger?


I have gone into much research, for I always felt different. Since I was a little kid I felt like I didn't belong, and that something different was about me. I have ADHD, so I have a very hard time paying attention, and very hyper. I'm going to list some things about me that make me think I may be an Empath.

- When I see someone being inflicted pain suddenly, I wince, because I can almost feel it as well.

- I am very caring, love animals, and whenever I see a bug that I hate maybe drowning in water, I can never just walk away, and no matter how icky it is, I have to get it out.

- I hate saying the word NO to people when they ask for something. I end up giving away much of my lunch because people ask, and also to those who have no lunch, I can help not giving to them.

-I constantly have thoughts in my head that I feel aren't mine. For instance, when I have no idea an answer to a teacher question, I hear a faint voice inside my head that tells me the answer, though I sometimes can't tell that voice from my own and I ignore it, though it always ends up the correct answer. IE: I was playing draw my thing, and the other person drew a scene of angles in the sky and devil in the ground. I had no idea what it was, though I kept repeating in my head the word Rapture, Rupture, Roopture?" and the word was Rapture. I have never heard that word before.

- I have mood swings, though sometimes it doesn't feel like my own.

- I day dream constantly, and have the most random thoughts. I would be driving home from school and suddenly start thinking about parachutes from planes.

- I never ever felt like I belonged in this world, constantly looking up at the sky and asking, "Who am I?" I always feel different, my personality changes with every person I hang out with.

- I am a highly sensitive person, and the smallest insult could cause me to cry if in the right context.

These are only some of the things that make me, but do they mean something? If I am an Empath, can I make these abilities stronger? If I truly am different, I want to embrace my specialness. And not run

From it.:)

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Empath1994 (1 posts)
12 years ago (2012-10-04)
Searchlight I am only 18 but I have known that I was an empath for over 9 years now (given I didn't know what it was called back then) but the only way that I have really found that works is simply go to places where your ability can "run wild" like malls football games or other places with large groups of people. Just keep your mind open to the physical, metaphysical, and spiritual. Sooner than later you will be able to do more than simply be able to "read" people if you will. Good luck with your gift. If you have any other questions feel free to email me at victoriaandnick [at]
Pablo (2 stories) (23 posts)
12 years ago (2012-06-16)
I also act different around different kinds of people. Is that something an empath can do or is it just us? Lol
poohdiddles13 (1 stories) (8 posts)
12 years ago (2012-06-15)
Oh man, it's so relieving to know I'm not the only one that is like this! I feel the same way. I went to a psychic who told me I was an empath, but I've always known there was something different about me. Like you, I can't leave bugs to drown, and I feel just awful when I squish one (except spiders). I am definitely an animal lover, and go out of my way to help them. I am very perceptive to people around me, so therefore everyone comes to me with there problems. I don't know how well to explain it, but it's like when they tell me what's wrong I can guide them and heal them, but it's like I'm on a higher intelligence. Like I'm far older all the sudden. My hands are also painfully warm. I mean BURNING hot almost all the time except for when I've got no energy and very tired. Being in public places like a mall or an amusement park is very difficult for me. I don't know why, but I become very very tired very quickly and become moody and extremely quiet. I tend to gravitate towards people that have huge problems in their lives (illness, divorce, abuse, etc.) and I feel like I attract them too. When I touch people, they say they feel much more calm and happy. Lately though with my own personal problems, I feel like I'm being blocked. I don't know what to do, or how to exercise my abilities. I'm scared they might just go away. I'm 19 and have gone through more things in life than most adults. What can I do? I've never met or talked to another empath before. I'm so incredibly excited and relieved. I feel less alone. When I went to a psychic, she grabbed my hand and told me I was an Earth Angel. I've done some research, but I'm just so confused about it all. Help?
Tera (32 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-26)
i think what Daydreamer means by an empath can get old quickly is that if you're not careful and you submit yourself to other people's hurt too much it'll end up hurting your body too.
I'd be careful developing your abilities-make sure you can control what you can do now before you go out to find others. Find out which emotions are yours and which are others', then learn how to get rid of the negative emotions you don't want. OTHER PEOPLE'S PAIN WILL DO YOU NO GOOD. CAST IT OUT.
PEMe (2 stories) (60 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-26)
Also, I don't think it's something you need to learn to "practice" as you should have been born this way if you are one. As you see examples/research something in your spirit should just KNOW that's it and it should be more of a confirmation vs a diagnosis. Ask the God in you and yes, you will need to learn to listen (e.g. Meditate) for the answer and yes, they will come they ALWAYS do. If you want to be a strong Empath you can't be tossed emotionally about or you'll end up a mess yourself! You'll need a sound covering and base spiritually as you will be exposed to a lot (without even trying which is why I say no need to practice) just go talk to a neighbor and you might feel something... And you'll want to be able to quickly turn to the SOURCE OF LIFE for peace/answers/shelter. Being aware of your gift is the merely a first step and it's a lifelong journey.
PEMe (2 stories) (60 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-26)
Another part of why it "get old" is it can literally suck the life out of you. Can be draining as you PHYSICALLY can feel other emotions; not just empathy in it's science definition. People are drawn to you and will use you up (not always meaning to it's just a function of your gift); you can end up caught in drama/stress (which is not healthy). You can become an emotional dumping ground and begin to actually seek being alone because you're so "sensitive" to others. It takes time and practice to grow and learn and you will need to become wiser and stronger before your so-called 'embrace' of this gift. It's not always a fun gift. Pros... For me I'm happy to make people happy. I was in sales and I could always GET people and forge relationships quickly because I'm genuine. It helps me discern danger so I know what to avoid. I've become more intuitive over time. You'll have a natural thirst for or study all things (may explain the ADHD); are you creative as well? I personally believe there is a spiritual connection to this gift because I'm sensitive in both the physical and spiritual. Oh well gotta get refocused on work now.:) Bye.
PEMe (2 stories) (60 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-26)
...also, you can hide your emotions from my but I can still FEEL your real ones.
PEMe (2 stories) (60 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-26)
Doesn't sound like one to me. I usually hesitate making a judgement like this because I believe everyone has gifts that manifests differently at one tie or another. I am an empath. I just never gave it a word until recent research. Let's just say I can read these post and feel which ones are real, fake, who needs help. It usually comes to me what they need to hear to be helped and I feel the strong urge to respond but not usually something I can rationalize or describe with logic or words... It just comes to me. You just know. When I'm near someone or in their home it's more pronounced. I love being around positive people because I feed off their energy. I avoid negative people it physically drains me. I can't begin to list all the experiences and examples but the most amusing one for me when I was a teen and didn't tell anyone about my gifts and JUST FOR FUN I would call my friends and describe they room they were in just to listen to them freak out. It was amusing to me. But, I've had the gift all my life. I can relate to Daydreamer saying it gets old in that I sometimes can't help myself but I can help others and sometimes you don't want to feel others because you simply run out of space, you get tired... Alone. You realize how everything in the world is such BS. It hurts me to see people needlessly suffer. So I've learned to protect myself spiritually. The meditation advice is the best. We are ALL God beings and have gifts. We must quiet ourselves, connect with and love and accept ourselves FIRST... Then, the answers and insight will be more clear. ~Love and Light
Serchlight (1 stories) (2 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-25)
So then jessmwright1, is there a way to practice? Meditating will be hard for me, because of my adhd, and I find it hard to relax a lot. But I want to embras my empathic ebilities if they really are there.
jessmwright1 (1 stories) (2 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-25)
I agree with daydreamer, I am an empath and I can promise you with time and awarness your abilities get stronger so my advice to you is look into you abilities and try to learn and practice as much as you can and don't get freaked out if you find your abilities get stronger then you thought they could or you begin to develope more psychic abilities over time. Good luck
BlackCat36 (2 stories) (10 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-24)
Okay, still somewhat normal feelings, but there are a few ways that you can provide evidence. Here are some tips:
1) Look up your power. What does it say about what they're like? You've probably already done this, but I'm just making sure...
2) Something that will probably be hard for you, considering your ADHD: Meditate. Try to channel your power toward a specific person, and see if you are correct in what you feel (if you do at all). Like I said, it will be hard, just try. And make sure you don't creep the person your reading out. 😁
Serchlight (1 stories) (2 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-24)
So blackcat, how do I prove it? I want to know if I am or not. Here are a few more examples if you want.
- I once saw a boy crying, a boy I really don't like. I couldn't help it, but I suddenly started crying, and felt insanly sad. I felt so bad for him, and though it was something I did and felt compleatly orrible, and couldn't caml down until I found out it had nothing to do with me. And I still felt horrible.
- I really suck at basketball, and was shooting with some girls I was missing every shot, and felt highly embaressed. I spoke to myself inside my head, asking for help from that voice in my head. After that, I started making so many shots, the others girls were really shocked.
- I'm a generally sweet, kind person, but every time I'm near my dad, I feel grumpy, lazy, and really anoyed. He works realy hard from 3 in the morning to 10 at night, and that is normally his mood. We often get into fights, and I just get so angry when I'm near him normally, though the more I try not to, it just gets worse.
- so often have I gotten the comment:I was just thinkig that!" with a friend or family member, its come to an every day sort of thing after is ay something.

This goes out to everyone, what exactly are the ups and downs with being an empath?
BlackCat36 (2 stories) (10 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-24)
Okay...I think you MIGHT be empath. Emphasis on the word MIGHT. The thing is, a lot of these things are normal. Example: Anyone could want to help everyone, and I hear the voice like that to. But I'm not empath. I'm not saying you don't have abilities, but I wouldn't try to make every detail of you fit into whatyou think you are. Trust me, I've done that before.
Agstorms (183 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-24)
He's either saying that it can get boring or all the pressig emotions not handled propertly could mabye cause stress and cause you to age? (speculation)
Dreads (2 stories) (111 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-24)
Daydreamer, Exactly what do you mean by Empaths can get old very quickly?
DAYDREAMER95 (12 stories) (52 posts)
12 years ago (2012-03-23)
You can try meditating. But for me my abilities kind of just get stronger as I grow. Just keep your mind open. But be careful being an empath can get old very quickly.

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