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11 Signs That Tells You You're an Empath


Are you an empath? There's no doubt that you've encountered this term before. But what does it really mean?


A true empath can feel what individuals around them are experiencing and often express those emotions themselves. Empaths have a unique perspective on the world because they can feel the emotions of those around them and understand where they are coming from. Here are 11 indicators that you may be an empath.


1. Deep Empathy Towards Others


Empathy is when you put yourself in another person's shoes to comprehend what they are going through fully. This is also where the name "empath" originates. Because you're an empath, you go above and beyond. Those feelings register in your body and mind as though they were your own. Thus, you feel the joy and sorrow of others as though they were your own.


2. High Sensitivity

It's not simply feeling that an empath is attuned to. Empaths are also quite perceptive. As a result, empaths may pick up on subtleties in their environment that others overlook. Therefore, an empath may be more sensitive to scents and noises than the average person.


You may also find yourself overcome by strong feelings unexpectedly while out in public. If there are other people nearby, it can happen anytime, and there will be no warning. Thus, going into public places can be difficult for empaths because they may experience feelings that seem to come from "nowhere." In reality, they are being triggered by someone else in the vicinity.


Being in a large group of people can be overwhelming for an empath who has not yet learned to create and maintain a safe space for themselves. You are sensitive to the vibes of the whole space, not just the people in it.


3. High Sense of Intuition

The intuitive skills of empaths are often remarkably strong. They have faith in their intuition and frequently make snap judgments based on it. As a result of their heightened sensitivity to the emotions of those around them, they may be able to pick up on subtle indications that aid in decision-making.


4. Caring and Compassionate for Others

Those who call themselves "empaths" typically have a lot of compassion for those around them. An empath may work hard to ensure that other people are provided with the resources they require to feel safe, secure, and happy because they deeply understand the needs, wishes, and anxieties of those around them.


This may lead others to describe them as kind or caring. However, because of this trait, empaths may find it challenging to establish limits.


5. Finds Comfort in Nature

Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine is good for the mind, body, and soul. Places in nature are great for destressing after being subjected to a barrage of sights, sounds, and feelings. This may explain why empaths may experience an even stronger pull to nature and secluded areas.


Empaths like listening to the sounds of waves crashing on the shore, having a peaceful stroll through a garden, reading and daydreaming under the canopy of trees, and hiking. Anything that pertains to nature makes an empath feel calmer.


6. Loves Animals and Little Children

Your affection for animals and little children runs more profound than most people's. It's human nature to want to fawn over a cute baby or kneel to pet a dog when you see one. Your reaction may seem "over the top" to some, but in your eyes, how could anyone react differently?


Because of this, being an empath has several advantages. Even though you deeply feel sadness and other negative emotions, you also feel joy and other positive feelings much deeper than others.


7. Tragic Things Can Be Overwhelming

Did you notice yourself crying when you see the amazon forest burning? Or when the walruses die because the ice is melting and their habitat is affected by climate change?


A person who is an empath will feel the effects of a terrible incident even if it isn't happening to them directly. Even if you're thousands of miles away, or if it's a made-up incident in a TV show, you could feel as though you're experiencing the tragedy firsthand. At times, this response can be too much to handle.


8. Struggles With Intimate Relationships

Everyone faces struggles in their relationships. But think about how much more difficult it is when you can pick up on your partner's every feeling and white lies. Even the good feelings can get too much, to the point where you feel like your partner is trying to "engulf" you.


It goes beyond that, though. Sharing a home can be challenging for a couple, especially if one is an empath. The "energy" of the empath's partner can feel like an invasion to a highly sensitive person. An empath's house is no longer a haven where the empath may escape the world and recharge their emotional reserves when they have a spouse.


For this reason, some empaths decide to remain alone. In contrast, others find ways to adapt, such as designating a certain room as their personal sanctuary or (far more importantly) finding a partner who understands and respects their need for solitude.


9. Needs Time To Recharge

Because of their heightened sensitivity, empaths may find it difficult to sustain their energy for a long period of time. Taking the time to recharge your batteries is essential, even if the experience and emotions are all positive.


10. Good Healer

Empaths tend to feel other people’s suffering in their own bodies. Because of this, they are good caregivers or healers. As a result, those around them tend to seek them out when they need help. Because empaths have deep empathy, it is easy for them to be compassionate and caring.


11. Have a Hard Time Setting Boundaries

Boundaries play a crucial role in every healthy relationship. When you're an empath, it can be difficult to stop feeling and giving, even when you're exhausted. You may worry that setting limits indicates a lack of concern for your loved ones, but the reality is quite the contrary.


Boundaries are essential for empaths because of the profound effect that the experiences of others have on them. This way, you can protect yourself from hurtful comments or behaviors and still acquire what you need.


While empathizing with others is invaluable, it may become taxing if used excessively. The good news is that anyone can develop their skills and learn to "switch off" the barrage of external energy when it becomes overwhelming with only a little self-awareness and practice.


In the end, this extraordinary sensitivity is a blessing since it allows empaths to have a very tuned-in and insightful perspective on the world.


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