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I Think I May Be An Empath, But Need Clarification


I would like to say off the bat that I am no stranger to paranormal studies. I have literally been involved with the paranormal my whole life. I was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck, which has been speculated to either cause or be a sign of a child being more sensitive to such things. As a child I saw ghosts in my house, and my mother, a historian, looked up the names I gave her and they were people who died in or around the house (which is 300+ years old).

But more to the point, I believe I may be somewhat an Empath, but if I am I am not a very strong one. People do tend to open up to me, even strangers. I am not very good at consoling others though, but even if I do terribly, I get told that just being around me is healing for others.

I have long been at odds with how terrible our world is. I spend a lot of time wishing I could just take on the worlds problems for them, if it would make everyone happy and well. However, the world often feels foreign to me, and I have great trouble understanding how anyone could harm another, even for personal gain. Injustice angers me above all other things. I can never wrong anyone because just imagining how it'd make them feel makes me feel terrible and depressed.

Lately I have felt run down though, many people in my life are going through rough times and they always open up to me about everything, and after I just feel drained. I spend most of my time alone because I hate being in crowds. I'm becoming very withdrawn and I don't enjoy it.

My family may have effects on me if I am an empath. My sister has migraines, my mother has bad joints and my father various heart issues. Lately I get random chest pains, my knees are bad and I get headaches. They are brief though so I'm not sure what to do.

Am I an Empath or am I just another person trying to feel special? Any speculation is welcomed, I'm no stranger to harsh words.

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goldenheartandsoul (2 posts)
10 years ago (2013-11-21)
Delficio, I read your story and it may be true what another said that you may be truly hyper sensitive. I am definitely an Empath and I can remember incidents when I was 1 years old that holds to this. It is a gift if you do have, you sure would know it. It sometimes can hit you so bad when least expected also. Some can call it a curse. I have did a lot of training on trying to understand my gifts to learn them in the right way. I actually went to a class of newly awakened Empaths. It was a four hour class. I sure learned something that I indeed thought was necessary also. Like, the reason a heavy shield is not good. I now understand why. I got a bit of all gifts if this is possible. I think. Them Empath is related to energy. Most are great healers. Some say that Empaths are knowing, but never psychic. I am here to say that this is false for I am gifted in many ways. Indeed I would still seek help in your community that can guide and help you. You can email me if you want. You usually know though if you are indeed an Empath, but anything is possible. It may happen different for anyone. It is a life time path to accept this gift and to use it for Love and the Light. You can wait and see what happens, but with any problem indeed find someone to help you that understands.
Joan Monet goldenjmm [at]
KrystalB (1 posts)
11 years ago (2012-06-25)
Deficio you are not an empath. You cannot be "somewhat empathic". If you are an empath you will know for sure. I believe you are very likely what they call a "highly sensitive person (HSP) ". About 1 in every 5 people are HSPs. Many people think they are empaths when they really are not. To understand what I am talking about do yourself the favor and read this blog article I found a while back: and then go to You will find your answers on these two sites. ❤ 😊
eyesontheskies (1 stories) (5 posts)
11 years ago (2012-06-22)
hey, I can relate to most of the things that you have mentioned. I can also make people calm without really doing much at all and I get what you are saying about feeling drained when people share their problems. Really I am going through the same thing you are and it has gotten so intense that I have also been searching for answers and what always turns up is the conclusion of being an empath. That is really the only possibility that has turned up for me in my search for answers. So I would say that that is a very strong possibility that you are an empath.
IslVoter (257 posts)
11 years ago (2012-06-20)

I understand your incomprehension of the stupidity, cruelty of people/nations to each other. It took me a while to be able to deal with all of it.

My first step was to recognize that, since I was already sick, I had to get rid of sources of negativity. I stopped watching politics and began to find the sources of negativity in myself--mainly dealing with me asking "Why can't the SEE how stupid this is, or what the right solution is?" It used to drive me crazy.

But if you begin to think that we are all infinite and that consciousness ALWAYS seeks to grow, to perfect itself, then you begin to see that (a) people come into incarnation to accelerate their work on their own energy, on "imperfections" in it, because physical life has the rules of the game built in--only so much time to work on it.

Then I began to realize that (b) there is no hurry in learning real lessons. No one can "force" us to learn. Taking short-cuts to wisdom in life will always come back later in another form.

So people WILL experience cruelty to others... And cruelty done to them. They will try greed and avarice and all the other extremes. Each extreme is a learning experience and I cannot know what another soul needs to experience in order to learn.

So, eventually, I began to feel a kind of tolerant understanding, like a parent watching a child struggle with walking. You can't and should stop them from falling--over and over again. They are learning with each fall. And so is mankind.

I know it sounds kind of airy-fairy but this is a laboratory and we can't hurry the experiment along--for people, nations or civilizations. We will mature as a planet when we mature.

In the meantime, try to see the struggles with compassion--they are all doing the best they can, just like you are. And maybe their actions won't cause you such pain.

At least I hope so.

Isle- Lora
AnneV (4 stories) (1064 posts) mod
11 years ago (2012-06-20)
I think by your description, you are. All the top signs are there; don't like crowds, get drained by others (versus energy suckers who do the taking), feel misplaced in the world, etc.

I don't know if it makes any of us "special" per se as it is what it is.

If everyone got along most people would be bored. Why do people watch dramas and soap operas? Because they thrive off some kind of conflict. Many people, if they don't have it, create it (we can call them drama queen's or kings). War for people in power is addictive and chaos reigns. People jump out of planes, chase wild animals, have exciting affairs, etc. All to avoid being bored.

This is the first grade of consciousness. In part, that chaos is needed to help people see what they don't want for themselves. We need to see one side to know the other. Without the ying, we'd not know yang. Without dark we'd not know light. Without hate we'd not fully know love. I think the dark side of life does serve a purpose but I agree, it's difficult to stomach. I always say that if we didn't have this duality, it would be like writing on a white chalk board with white chalk.

I know what helps me is being in nature. I'm fortunate in that I have several acres in a rural area. Pick your friends carefully and let the energy suckers be on their way. Take baths, read, turn off noisy things and be sure to care for yourself.

Thanks for sharing.


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