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Are there any 'Empaths' (still getting used to that word) here that actually like being around people? I ask because I see so many post about hating their gift and feeling like it's a curse. Most of them are teen/young adults which have a lot going on physically anyway. And High School (kids in general) produce a TON of energy so maybe it will get better as these youth enter society. But, I don't recall ever hating my gift. I actually LOVE being around 'happy' crowds, events and fun times. There is all sorts of good energy flying. Don't get me wrong I do prefer to be alone. But, the only groups of people I actually feel is sensory disruptive are Group Yoga and funerals. They're awful emotional overloads for me; other than that it's not that big of a deal. I'm not so much socially awkward in that people tend to be drawn to me and I use my gift to make the situation more comfortable. And, I'm usually experiencing people without them knowing and I enjoy doing that. And, I LOVE people I mean big old sappy soft spot and all I've ever wanted to do is help people. I can honestly say I have NEVER EVER plotted to hurt or wish bad on anyone EVER. I'm very patient and forgiving too. I even love the people that have done me wrong (which that I sometimes feel like is the curse!). I'm used to being the oddball in everyday life but I'm really surprised that I find a large group of people that share my gift and I'm STILL the oddball! What's is up with that?

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Cici2399 (2 stories) (7 posts)
10 years ago (2012-06-19)
Hi, I'm a pretty new Empath so my gift isn't as great as more experienced empaths, but I do like being around people. I can't deal with being in large crowds of people for very long, though. So many mixed emotions drain me, pyshically and emotionally.
When it comes to being around people though, I like being around positive people. It's like I can feed off of their positive emotions. It makes me feel like I can do anything.
When somebody is angry or sad it feels like I've just been slapped and I try to withdraw into my shell.
Some days its harder than most, though. Well, if you ever want to talk my emails magic.mazey [at]
LeeannMinton (1 stories) (14 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-20)
I have no problems with the gift except there are a 2 people that I wish I could better block for, one i'm lucky I don't see anymore, but if he is angry I'm literally forced to grab my center and to bend over as I try and breath throught the shooting pain eminating through my back. Then of course there is my mother who is both a physical and a emotional empath who has little idea of how to shield and when its been a tough week and I go home to see her and she is upset, I know my weekend is ruined and I am exhausted at the end. Luckily I don't go home often so I don't have to experience too much of this.
Shenna (2 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-15)
I don't think I am empathic, I'm actually a pretty "normal" person. (I really don't know what's the meaning of "normal" anymore 😆) but I like to observe people, and most of the time I can see when a person is feeling down. I love to help people and I think it is great that there are people like you around the world 😊 but I guess it is difficult for empaths to be always feeling emotions of people they don't even know. It will be hard for me. If you like to be around people and can take everything without feeling bothered I think there is nothing wrong with being the oddball, in fact you can consider yourself the luckiest oddball ever! 😆
Luzon (1 stories) (5 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-11)
I'm a teen psychic and like to be around people, it's just that I don't like to be around negative and sad people, it kind of puts a damper on my mood. There are a few times where I can block out others and actually feel my own emotions. It's weird though.
Sarang1975 (1 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-04)

I have just discovered that I am an empath. I'm 37 years old. I always knew I had this skill, I just didn't know it had a name or even considered it a skill. Sometimes I see it as a bad thing, sometimes as a good thing.

I would like advice on how to open and close myself off to feeling other people's emotions.

Also, how can I help someone I care about work through his negative emotions? I've learned that I can affect people remotely. That is, they'll think of me or change their behavior when I think of them. But I don't know how I do it. And I don't want to harm anyone. I can see this guy's life unfolding in a very unhealthy way and it doesn't have to be that way. There must be a way of helping him get through his mental blocks.
Supersian (guest)
10 years ago (2012-04-03)
It's confusing.
But I don't hate it.
It kind of just started out with me, and I already know how to control it. Even turn it on/off
Being an empath isn't a curse. It can be a gift. Especially when you use it to help others.
RookDygin (5 stories) (324 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-03)

Time for the 'Old Man' to chime in. I was born in 1967. I'm an Empath and I do not hate it.

It's all about Shielding. If you leave yourself 'open' 24/7 to any and all of the emotions of the people around you it burns one out emotionally.

Your not simply dealing with your own emotions, your dealing with the emotions of other people which may be as simple as looking at them and knowing how they feel... To looking at someone and not only knowing how they are feeling, but experiencing the emotions they are as well.

Sfairy stated that they learned how to block out negative emotions... Which is a great thing... But it's easier to start with a 'complete shield' and only allow yourself to be 'open' when you want to be. The 'shield' can be fine tuned from this point.

I have a method that works for me... Not only me it can also be used to shield a house and it has some cleansing steps incorporated into it as well. It's your for the asking. Feel free to ask any questions you may have, either here or via my e-mail on my profile.


Agstorms (183 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-02)
[at] Kris I agree with the lying part that hurts me a lot too. (short)
Kris0912 (3 stories) (12 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-02)
I like people just not huge groups of them. Don't get me wrong though I could be alone for day and not care. I just don't like when I know know someone is lying to me. It hurts.
Impulsive (4 stories) (10 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-02)
Well I am one of those teens with it that hate it. Well hates a strong word, I guess it can get in the way sometimes though. It is hard to find friends though well actually no, its hard to keep them. After awhile they can be draining but I do my best to ignore that by distracting myself. Being a high school I think is what makes it hard for me, but I know if I wasn't I'd enjoy it a lot more. I'm glad to read a hopeful story like yours though! You're lucky!
YXE306 (4 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-02)
I don't deal well with large crowds at all. It never occured to me that it was due to my abilities I just thought it was a noise factor until I read some of the comments on this site... Learning more and more about myself all the time. Now I understand that it was sensory overload which makes complete sense. Thanks everyone.
9xthemantis (6 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-02)
Hi PEMe - "I'm used to being the oddball in everyday life but I'm really surprised that I find a large group of people that share my gift and I'm STILL the oddball! What's is up with that?" Hmmmm, this is rather strange to me, as if you were with a large group of 'true empaths', I cannot imagine them making you feel that uncomfortable... There are a lot of deceitful people out there nowadays, & a lot of 'wannabes', too... Always ask your inner self for the truth & best wishes for you! Blessings, 9x
Ladfyhawke (1 stories) (103 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-01)
Hi PEMe, I have been an empath all my life. It did not save me from anything, I still took paths that helped or hurt me. What it did do was to teach me how to understand the nature of humans and non humans (animal, plant, the tendencies of living organisms, even the nature of reality,honest...) With so much more than a "surface" experience presented to me, this reality took on unfathomable dimension. I encourage you to turn that sense towards everything. Its not just people we are sensitive to. With time and 'openness' we can view the scope of everything we turn our focus to. Most of this will be too vast for words... But the sense of oneness and beauty will capture you forever... I promise. Blessed be, Ladyhawke ❤
midwest1 (1 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-01)
I'm in my late 20's and am an empath, or so I was told. Until very recently, I didn't know what I was experiancing was unusual. I thought everyone could "feel" emotions like me. I just thought I was a little more sensitive than others. Seriously! I can always tell if someone is unhappy or otherwise troubled no matter how much they try to mask it. It makes me feel sick and edgy. So... No. I don't like being around most people. Shopping is unbearable!
Ogb (1 stories) (12 posts)
10 years ago (2012-03-31)
Hey I want to say I'm empathic but I'm really not sure if I am. I really feel like I am because I've had several experiences that make me believe I am or just opening up to this. But anyways I love whatever I am even though I get mood swings like crazy. And I feel like I can make people feel good or secure, but i'm sure that's nothing from another world. Anyways i'm with you on thus one, I also love being empathic:)
dreamscape (2 stories) (15 posts)
10 years ago (2012-03-31)
I'd say that some can take it better than others so therefor count yourself lucky then 😊 but I can say that I can be a grouch and skeptical in making friends because I do sense and pick up energy that I don't like from them. Not that they can be bad people but I just don't want to deal with it so I ignore meeting new people most of the time. Or it can mean that they are. There are only a few that I can connect with and those are the ones that I cannot sense until I really get to know them and then start to sense them. Then it gets all weird and I have to cut them loose.
Sfairy27 (3 stories) (41 posts)
10 years ago (2012-03-30)
I like being around people. But I've learned how to block off negative emotions. 😊

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