12 Traits to Help You Discover if You’re an Empath
Have you ever been overwhelmed by other people’s feelings, their energy or your environment?
If yes, keep reading because you are probably an empath! Use the 12 traits explained in this post to find out whether you’re an empath!
What Does “Being An Empath” Even Mean?
Quite simply, being an empath means you have the ability to feel other people’s emotions as well as the energy of people and places.
Based on personal experience (yes, I am an empath too) I know that being empathic can feel like both a blessing and a curse at times.
Trying to ignore empathic ability can cause all sorts of emotional turmoil as you unwillingly and unknowingly tune into the emotions of others, sometimes mistaking them as your own. This is especially true for empaths who have yet to develop or master their gift.
This is why many empaths feel cursed, as they go through life being constantly bombarded by other people’s energy. Their heightened sensitivity triggers unseen stress, actual physical symptoms, feeling uncomfortable in certain places or around certain people (especially in large crowds) and it often triggers a desire to escape.
Empathic ability is not all bad though, and developing your empathic ability can help you to transform this psychic ability into a beautiful gift with immense blessings.
Being empathic has amazing potential, that when developed and honed, can manifest itself as heightened creativity, deep personal connections with others, psychic awareness, and even profound healing abilities.
To figure out if you are truly an empath take a look at the signs!
If you feel that a majority of these apply to you, odds are that you’re an empath! With this knowing, you can then take steps to develop your empathic ability, maintain healthy boundaries, and turn your empathic ability into a true psychic gift.
12 Eye Opening Traits of Empaths
#1. Relentless Pursuit of Freedom
Would you consider yourself a free spirit? Empaths can deeply feel into the energies of others as individuals and collectively. They’re able to naturally feel and know when others are living in their truth, and when they’re conforming or following the dreams of another.
For this reason, empaths tend to boldly live outside of the norm, not needing or willing to fit into a box created by society.
Do you love to travel, explore, and seek out adventure to spice things up and keep life interesting? This is the first sign you may be an empath!
#2. Extremely Sensitive to the Emotions of Others
Feeling and being sensitive to the emotions of others is the cornerstone sign you’re empathic, because this is the core of what it means to be empathic.
For the untrained empath, it’s like the emotions of others are contagious. Either other people’s energy fuels you with happiness and creativity, or it can completely drain you.
If you feel other people’s emotions like they are your own, you are an empath.
#3. Violence & Cruelty Deeply Affect You
To an empath, seeing acts of senseless violence and cruelty are not only horrifying, they can crush your spirit and make you seriously question humanity and life in general.
Do you feel deeply affected by negative world news or the challenging events happening in the lives of others?
Do you abhor violence or find yourself unable to separate your emotions from those of someone going through a tragedy?
This is a sign you’re empathic!
#4. The Ability to See People’s True Colors
It’s extremely hard to trick or lie to an empath.
Do you have the acute ability to sense body language and emotions to know when someone is lying or telling the truth?
Empathic ability will allow you to discern whether people are being genuine and honest with you, or when they’re being manipulative, deceptive, or putting on a show.
Seeing the truth in people regardless of what they do, say, or act like is a core sign you have an empathic gift.
#5. Rooting for the Underdog
The pain felt by victims of social inequality, bullies or injustice will evoke a flood of compassion in those who are empathic.
For this reason, empaths tend to root for the underdog. Is this you?
Those who are empathic will more often than not be drawn to and want to root for and support the side that needs the most help.
#6. Being Overwhelmed by Crowds
Do you feel overwhelmed by large group of people, busy locations, and crowds?
As an empath, being in the center of a crowd can leave you feeling like you’re being bombarded with a tsunami of emotions from everyone in the crowd, making you want to run and hide.
Many empaths are quite aware of this and regularly avoid large crowds and public events due to this. With practice you can learn to create boundaries, and avoid taking on too much energy from others, or to at least be less affected by it.
#7. Other People Approach You with Their Problems
Do other people tend to approach you with their problems, and sob stories?
Empaths are often like magnets to the emotionally needy. Both friends and strangers tend to be drawn to those who are empathic, because of your ability to listen, feel, and understand what they are going through without judgement.
#8. Need for Occasional Solitude
Does having alone time recharge you?
Not having a break from others for long periods of time will drive most empaths crazy. Empaths need time alone to reconnect with their energy, and to regain their composure away from the influence of others.
#9. Love of Nature And Animals
If you love animals, crystals, plants, wildlife and time in nature, it may be because you can empathically feel and experience the connection between you and all these living beings.
Being outdoors and spending time in nature is recharging, grounding, and essential to help keep those who are empathic, centered, and balanced.
#10. Feeling Strangled by Routine
Do you feel like variety is the spice of life?
Empaths tend to embrace change, and often become restless with long standing routines and monotonous tasks.
Instead, they seek out new environments to boost their creativity, and to change up and circulate the energy they so deeply feel and experience.
#11. Unbridled Creativity
Empaths feel energy… However, they also have an unprecedented ability to create with energy as well.
Many empaths seem to be bursting at the seams with creativity, and seek out new and exciting ways to creatively express themselves. Art, dance, writing, and other creative pursuits are fulfilling, recharging and rewarding for most empaths.
#12. Highly Tuned Senses
Empaths are not only sensitive when it comes to the emotions of others and the energy of places, they’re often sensitive in general. It’s common for empaths to have a sensitive physical senses of smell, hearing, and sight.
Do you tend to pay close attention to your surroundings, noticing little details and subtleties that others seem to miss? Or maybe you find you’re easily overstimulated by loud noises, excessive talking, or strong smells?
Being highly sensitive is another common empathic trait.
How many of the above traits do you identify with?
To figure out if you are truly an empath examine the 12 traits above. If you feel that a majority of them apply to you, odds are you are an empath.
If you do learn that you’re an empath, don’t worry… While being an empath can be challenging, it is also a truly beautiful gift!
Check out the following articles for more insight and guidance into identifying, developing, and thriving with your empathic gift!
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