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Filter Stressful and Negative Emotions
- I've been a sensitive since I was very young. I could always feel other peoples emotions, good or bad, and at times, I couldn't distinguish between mine and theirs. Even when there was no one around, I could feel the residual emotions in a room where something had transpired previously. Over time I've learned to filter the feelings and emotions, especially in high stress situations or situations where there was an overwhelming amount of negative energy. The barrier I have is always up unless I choose to let it down. It's a gamble though. There are times I let it down and I'm in a haze of euphoria because of all the positive feelings and other times I feel slow and depressed due to negativity. It's a double edged sword. Though I will say it brought me into the field of psychology and has helped me succeed so I can hopefully pursue a doctoral degree. Being naturally observant and sensitive isn't always bad.
- —Guest CB
have known all my life
- For many years I couldn't even listen to the news or read the newspaper, they made me so sad. Celebrity deaths get me down permanently. A few years ago, I saw a famous serial killer at a public function before he was caught. I knew he was a horrible person even though he was a supposed pillar of the community. He looked at me, and I at him, I got the feeling he knew that I knew what he was. He was caught shortly after that encounter. I have always been able to tell when a person wasn't quite right. I have never been wrong. It has served me well. I thank my grandfather for this gift, he has passed it to my whole family, even my grandchildren who seem to have more powers to go along with empathy.
- —Guest desiree
- As I am reading this comments, I am wondering how many of you might be misleading yourself. I am an empath and most of you are missing so much of what it really is. It is not true that there many of us. We are few and most of us would never tell. If you were truly one, you would not either.
- —Guest jennel
Empath and PROUD!
- I just found out I was an Empath a short time ago. I thought that it was amazing, realized that it explained everything. I could always feel others' emotions and have had a powerful urge to help others, whoever I see is in need. Many say I am "wise beyond my years" because I always seem to know how to fix every bad situation and give the best advice. Whenever I watch a violent or dramatic show or movie on TV, I either feel ill and disgusted or I end up bawling my eyes out. I can sense others and know exactly who is 10ft behind me without hearing any sounds or turning around. I simply 'feel' around me and I instantly know. I can sense other presences. I have learned Empaths can hear from the spirit world and I hear whisperings all throughout my day. Some even call out my name. I believe that all living and nonliving things have consciousnesses. Animals adore me and I love them all in return. I also have a very green thumb. I LOVE being an Empath!!
- —Guest Allison
Not Sure What I Am or Have...
- Since I was a kid I've been called "sensitive". I can read people and know things about them without them telling me. One time I had recently joined a new church and really liked it. The Pastor was very good and approachable. One morning after service I was in the lobby getting coffee when the pastor came out and was talking to a group of people. When I looked at him the words "sex addicts" popped in my head but it kept with me. I tried to blow it off and went about my life. The next month our pastor suddenly resigned. I came to learn that he had been having an affair and the church found out and that was not the first time he had. Another time I was in a rehab center and a new guy came in. There was nothing wrong or off with the guy except he kept to himself which is nothing uncommon, but something felt wrong. He felt fake but not like anything bad. I then realized he was gay and trying to hide it from all the other guys there. I soon befriended him and he eventually opened up to me.
- —Guest Guerro
It felt like I died.
- I try to def put my abilities to the side not believe, but my husband says it's ok. It is hard not to get scared or believe in things when I have the craziest experiences. A guy walks into my store walks up to the register and I'm taking his order. All of a sudden I start choking and gasping, tears streaming down my face. I start to panic. I get a co worker to cover for me. I go in the back still choking and finally I start feeling better. What was going on? I could not understand. I felt like I drowned. This has never happened to me before and freaked me out. I even texted my husband to make sure everything was ok. As I think think about it more and more I just can't figure out. Was it someone he hurt or were they attached to him. ughh I know barely anything about my empathic things.
- —Guest jamie
This is me
- Since I was a small child I spoke to trees... felt connected to nature more than people at times... really love the wind and rain. I used to work at a hospital and it was awful for me. Every painful negative emotion I picked up on, even socializing I can read people with a glance, tell if they don't like me even. I also see ghosts they try to communicate but I try not to. I'm not ready for that, though I should be as I have always seen them. I feel like I can heal with my mind & hands but I haven't tapped into the tool to do it yet. I'm searching. Everyone thinks I'm their therapist whether I want this or not..I definitely need to learn how to block. Anyway, it's good to know we are not alone and that we are all part of something better.
- —Guest sissy
Not all empaths have the same "gifts"
- In my studies I have found many over the years, not all empaths have the same gifts. I do not interfere. I very rarely become involved to the point where I tell them what I think they should figure out on there own. I was very sensitive since birth. Things my mother told me never made about my behavior as a small child never made sense until years later. But I did figure it out on my own. I don't know why that seems right to me . But it does. My daughter is like me, very much. But I feel like you learn it best when you do the hard part too. My strongest gift is figuring out how things/ppl work. I'm only really sensitive to feelings that are about me. Some ppl are exceptions. But I always know if I'm being lied too, or if someone has ill intent toward me. I wish I could help others in the ways that some of you do. But maybe my gift , is to help others learn how to use theirs.
- —Guest Raj
My experience as an empath.
- I figured out over around the time I was 15 that I was an empath. My mother is as well. She didn't figure it out for herself until she was much older. Around 40. We never even talked about it together until last year. I'm 32 now. And have for about 17 years, been practicing. Trying to learn and understand how to utilize what nature has made me. Until a few minutes ago. I had no idea there was a web site such as this . I was hoping to find at least some research to help explain to a friend of mine what I am . This is much more than I was expecting. I would like to become more actively involved with more of you. Much of my own research from over the years is spot on page with what I've been reading on here. That makes me glad. But some things I see on here. I don't understand the need. From what I've been able to tell. This condition is purely genetic and scientific. I have actually made a lot of progress and control over time , without any kind of faith or anything like it.
- —Guest Raj
I Embraced It...
- I was told by a psychologist 15 years ago that I am an empath. I have studied it off and on for years now and realize that she was correct. I carry every trait that I have researched and now have come to recognize this in my beautiful daughter. I am honored to have this beautiful but trying gift and have my loving father to thank for it. However, it does have its downsides in that taking in the emotions and energies of those around us can tear us down. With the help of my doctor, I was able to control it as it was literally depressing me as my own life took last place in the grand scheme of things. I fear this for my daughter and am working with her to help her better understand what she is experiencing. Empathetically I was where she is now and hope to help her control her gift so she can enjoy it to the fullest. God bless you to all of my brothers and sisters...may your heart be light but remain beautiful and loving! Micki
- I have been an empath as far as I can remember but I've only come across the term a few years ago. I just considered myself some kind of expert psychologist and then I realized. I don't know where my ability came from. Both my parents and my grandma say things that make me think they had the gift but if they did its gone now. I think they neglected and lost it. The first time I really felt something I was 8 before then it was just stuff here and there. When I met my first step dad, I knew he was a bad person as soon as I saw him, and he ended up crazy. I've been helping people since. It's like someone stamped therapist on my forehead. I think my sister is an empath also, but I have a feeling she will think I'm crazy. She wants to be a psychologist, like that doesn't say empath. Honestly I think our gift comes from our grandma because she does a lot of things from the description but I think her heart turned to stone because she couldn't handle it. And a true empath can see without touch.
- —Guest Shade
Stunned at 56
- Hi! I am 57 years young-I have had death experiences, and near death experiences, out of body also. Grew up in Polish Culture, I always felt I did not fit in-I was a happy kid, did not relate to younger kids-only older and adults. Nature, taking care of every animal in the forest-injured, blind, babies, or near death-I would take them in. My poor Mom & Dad were compassionate enough and always supported my endeavors. Ever since I could talk I wanted to be a Veterinarian. Grew up on MY RIVER and took care of beach-took care of it- odd things would happen-mean dogs would walk up to me even at a young age- raccoons, you name it. I AM GOING to cut this short - I am a 12 yr Army Vet, Stage 4 cancer survivor- diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, depression. Today an associate posted a picture which made me read on- I was stunned. I am. read post-looked on here-my Moms dying words were, "You are the special one-you will find out you are like me and your Buscia."
Empath or What?
- Hello, I've been reading articles on empathy and intuitives. I possess all the traits of an Empath but only get negative feelings from people or when something is bad or they are lying. I call it reading people. I can tell when a person is phony or not what they appear to be. I can also feel the anger or tension or tell when some one is stressed out just by looking at them. It comes in the form of butterflies, nausea or even disorientation. When things are good I don't get these feelings. I am pretty much on the mark when analyzing people. Then there are times when I sense a problem and cannot get a read. Is there exercises or things I can learn to develop this thing that is going on inside me?
- —Guest Gary
Ashberger's and me
- I recently ended a 18 month relationship with a partner with Ashbergers. They have no empathy conncetion in their brain. It drove me crazy trying to connect. But thru it I found myself. I come from a long line of artists, musicains and healers. I have been tested and I am totally right brained. I found place here that explains everythiing that I have been doing since birth. I am finally home. Thank you. I am not crazy after all!
- —Guest Cherie
- Long live experience. Actually I find strong alcohol enhances the effect for a time. I might find reasons, for some cultures to go deeper in the use of alcohol.
- —Guest jensdk