Empaths have the unique ability to sense and absorb others' emotions, which typically makes them extremely caring, compassionate, and understanding people. Empaths have the ability to easily see another person's perspective.
Here are some ways you can activate the empathic power within you:
- Acknowledge that you are an empath. If you are an empath, compassion is your calling. ...
- Trust your intuition. As an empath, you are highly sensitive. ...
- Don't play the victim. ...
- Set boundaries. ...
- Meditate. ...
- Breathe. ...
- Transmute negative energy. ...
- Love yourself.
The cardinal trait of an empath is being naturally wired to feel the energies and emotions of others as the empath's own. If you were a machine, it would be your default setting to tune in to others this way. It's a lovely ability that allows empaths to connect profoundly with the world around them.
An empath is someone who feels more empathy than the average person. These people are usually more accurate in recognizing emotions by looking at another person's face. They are also more likely to recognize emotions earlier than other people and rate those emotions as being more intense.
Only 1 to 2 percent of the population experience this type of sensitivity, having the ability to feel and absorb the emotions surrounding them. They likely view the world through their emotions and intuition rather than putting too much logic behind their decision making.
In 2020, psychologists coined the term "dark empaths" to describe people who tend to have trouble with emotional empathy or physically feeling the emotions someone else is experiencing.
However, the term empath can also be used as a spiritual term, describing an individual with special, psychic abilities to sense the emotions and energies of others.
Constantly feeling both the good and the bad, the negative and the positive, to the point that they feel overwhelmed. Empaths are more susceptible to the negative energies in life. Their intense ability to feel can't get away from the deep-rooted evils that exist in the world.
Trauma. Childhood neglect or abuse can affect your sensitivity levels as an adult. A portion of empaths I've treated have experienced early trauma such as emotional or physical abuse, or they were raised by alcoholic, depressed or narcissistic parents.
Earth empaths are a special type of empath who is keenly attuned to the natural world and all of the Earth's changes. The beauty of a waterfall can exhilarate and energize these empaths, whereas the toxicity of air pollutants can make them feel sick, exhausted, or depressed. How do you know if you are an Earth empath?
From what I've observed with my patients, some forms of sensitivity may be genetically transmitted. Highly sensitive children can come from mothers and fathers with the same inborn traits. Therefore, it is possible that sensitivity can also be genetically transmitted through families.
By practicing loving-kindness through mediation, it can help you incorporate compassion for yourself and others in your daily life. Empathy allows us to share connections, bond with others and spread love.
Empaths are "emotional sponges," who can absorb feelings from other people very easily. This makes them them very attractive to narcissists, because they see someone who will fulfill their every need in a selfless way.
A Taurus, over time, has ditched his or her empathy. It's because of what they have suffered all their life that they don't believe in showing empathy.
Some are more powerful than others. The Heyoka empath is the most powerful of all the types, because this kind of empath is, essentially, an emotional mirror, and tend to be more spiritual than the others. They are also said to be able to read minds.
Empaths come into the world with heightened senses, which are increased further by different challenges or traumas they've experienced in their lives. Empaths inhabit the complete and extreme opposite side of the spectrum from people who are narcissistic, sociopathic, or psychopathic.
It feels like the only way to survive. Gradually we may discover we've lost the ability to empathize with others (both at work and in our personal lives). This lack of empathy is actually a very common symptom of compassion fatigue in experienced caregivers.