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Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. If you are an empath, you feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Intuition is the filter through which you experience the world. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, you are there for others—a world-class nurturer.
The trademark of empaths is that you know where others are coming from. You may be able to do this without taking on people’s feelings. However, for better or worse, you may also become an angst-sucking sponge. This often overrides your sublime capacity to absorb positive emotions and all that is beautiful. If you are around peace and love, your body assimilates these and flourishes. Negativity, though, often feels assaultive and exhausting. Thus, you’re a particularly easy mark for emotional vampires, whose fear or rage can ravage you. As a subconscious defense, you may gain weight as a buffer. When thin, you’re more vulnerable to negativity (a missing cause of overeating). Plus, your sensitivity can be overwhelming in romantic relationships; you may stay single if you haven’t learned to negotiate your special cohabitation needs with a partner.
When empaths absorb the impact of stressful emotions, it can trigger:
Empathy doesn’t have to make you feel too much all the time. If you can center yourself and refrain from shouldering civilization’s discontents, empathy continues to make you freer, igniting your compassion, vitality, and sense of the miraculous.
To determine whether you’re an emotional empath, take the following quiz. Ask yourself the following questions:
If you answer “yes” to one to three of these questions, you’re at least part empath. Responding “yes” to more than three questions indicates that you’ve found your emotional type.
Recognizing that you’re an empath is the first step in taking charge of your emotions instead of constantly drowning in them. Staying on top of empathy will improve your self-care and relationships.
Practice the following strategies to center yourself.
Allow quiet time to emotionally decompress.
Get in the habit of taking calming mini-breaks throughout the day. Breathe in some fresh air. Stretch. Take a short walk around the office. These interludes will reduce the excessive stimulation of going nonstop.
Practice guerilla meditation.
To counter emotional overload, act fast and meditate for a few minutes. This centers your energy so you don’t take it on from others.
Define and honor your empathic needs.
Safeguard your sensitivities. Here’s how.
Over time, add to this list to keep yourself covered. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time you’re on emotional overload. With pragmatic strategies to cope, you can have quicker retorts, feel safer, and your talents can blossom.
Adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff’s book The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People