Meet the Real SpongeBob

Spongebob is not only a fictional cartoon character. He is real.. You may not be able to see him but I know he can feel that you're there.


Look around you. Can you feel what others around you are feeling? Are you sensitive to your surroundings? If you lay your hand on a person, can you tell what emotions are lodged inside them and what issues are they dealing with?

If you answer yes to the above questions, then you could be an Empath.

What is Empathy?

Empathy is the ability to read and understand people feelings.

Empaths are highly sensitive and finely tuned instruments to emotions. They have the ability to scan another person’s thoughts and feelings and many of these Empaths are unaware of how this actually works. They are very sensitive and experience the feelings of other people.

Empaths can sense the truth and they act compassionately to help others, making that person at ease and not alone. It’s like an Empath can understand them and can listen to them. They are great listeners and people are drawn naturally to their ability to listen and understand.


Since Empaths are highly sensitive to the emotions of other people, they are good in absorbing these people’s problems and worries. They are also referred to as “Psychic Energy Sponge”, a person who unintentionally picking up energy from others.

They carry their Auric Field or what you called as "Aura" pushed out from their physical body too far and it loses its ability to protect them. When it is pushed too far, instead of protecting them, it begins to act like a magnet and draws everyone problems into their own Auric field and therefore into their own experience. It is not healthy and is extremely exhausting, with the effects of other people’s problem that they think their own.

There is yet another disturbing side to this situation. When an Empath absorbs the emotional baggage of one person, they become frustrated and angry and feel unappreciated and will be stuck solving that problem in addition to their own. They feel that they have to do something, which is not healthy and correct. They cannot do the work for other people.


Is it a Curse or a Blessing?

Some people say the Gift of Empathy is a blessing. Others would say it’s a curse. Or it can be a double-edged sword, both a curse and a blessing. Why? One, you have the ability to sense and intuit exactly what is needed to be done to make someone comfortable. The other one is you lose track of what you need because you spend your time finding and caring for other’s comfort.

Empaths literally carry the world on their shoulders; I mean they absorb the energy and emotions around them. They usually feel drained after being with a crowd. So they tend to be alone because sometimes they are afraid to be exhausted and drained of their energy. So for this reason, they are usually introvert kind of person.

Signs that you’re an Empath:

  • You find it difficult to watch the news or distressing images because you feel their pain, as if you are them.
  • You have the tendency to say yes to every request and demands of other people without thinking whether you actually want to do it. It is only afterwards that you remember yourself and your needs because you’re drawn to their personal experiences and needs and you cannot say no.
  • You find it difficult to present yourself and your own feelings when talking to other people. It is because they’re busy exploring their aura and not your own.
  • You tend to be shy and self conscious because you’re very aware of the effect of your words on other people and their feelings in response.
  • You feel the world’s suffering and wishing you could do something to help.
  • You feel highly sensitive and emotional with the characters on a novel, movies, plays and books. Even if they’re not real, you can still feel how they felt.
  • You feel responsible for how others feel and going out to help them feel better.
  • You have the tendency to put your needs on the last list and other people's need on the first.
  • You feel anxious with gatherings and are not ease with crowds because you always feel tired after that.
  • You are often described by others as sensitive and emotional kind of person.
  • Your friends are comfortable around you and you’re the one they called when they needed advice or they have problems – because they feel safe and at ease when venting out to you.
  • You seem to take the physical pain of others.


I’m an Empath; or you could say, a real SpongeBob. And it’s kinda hard being one for sometimes; I could find myself literally crying in the middle of the street while watching an old man with an empty can on his hand.


© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Hello, spongebob! :) This was very interesting, unknown spy! Great hub, very well presented and a lot of information about empaths that I had never heard before. Voted up and more.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello TToombs08! thank you for stopping by and for the read. Very much appreciated :)


gottabegod 4 years ago

Hello unknown! Very interesting information and concept. In a Christian's perspective, I have always called this 'Spongebob-ism' the gift of mercy. Just like any gifting a person may have, there are strengths and weaknesses. A Psychologist friend of mine once gave some wise counsel to my daughter. She said, "A strength taken to the extreme becomes a weakness."

Being a believer in Christ, I must continually remind myself that I am not the Savior, I'm a vessel to transmit His love and mercy to others. Only God can carry the heavy loads of pain and sorrow people feel. Our shoulders cannot hold it. Roll those weights over to the 'Weight Lifter of Life' He will carry them and then you can freely give His love and mercy.

God bless you as you care for others!!!


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glmclendon 4 years ago

TToombs081, good writing and being able to put it all down is outsatanding. Info I had never given any thought to. Opened my eyes to something else.

Stay Well


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest

As an empath myself, I truly enjoyed this hub. You explained it very well and in a way that others can relate to it easily. Voted up :)


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ruffdesign 4 years ago from London,UK

Fantastic Hub!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Wonderful and informative hub. After reading this, I would probably categorize myself as an empath. Great job opening me eyes to a subject that was unknown to me.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Gottabegod! Thank you so much for this wonderful message! why, yes you are so right! haven't thought about this one, the gift of mercy. You have this tendency to overlook people mistakes and focus on their hardships thus you absorb these energy coming from them. For now, im trying to learn how to shield myself from these energy, because i really really feel drained and exhausted.sometimes i would tend not to look and really forget it. :)

thank you for the wonderful message!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you Glmclendon for stopping by :) Really appreciate your comment :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

@Christin,Ruffdesign,Shiningirisheyes,

thank you all for reading..and i really appreciate it. never known this before and i keep searching why am i acting sometimes 'weird' and then when i asked my friends, they don't feel the same way as i did. :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Fantastic hub my dear! Is that a picture of you at the very beginning?

The love of my life, Bev, is an empath and she has, at times, suffered because of it. Very hard to open oneself up to the emotions of others. Empathy is one of the qualities I most admire is people.

Thank you for a wonderful look at truly caring peoople.


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals

Full of information. I can say I'm keen about how others feel. But with this one, "You have the tendency to put your needs on the last list and others on the first", I'd say I am an empath. THANK YOU for making me realize!


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endless sea 4 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

Is there any thing like partial Empath??? I never knew about this, I can see sadness/happiness and can feel the way a person feels either happy or sad. I always try to help a person even if it means me getting less but I never feel drained I don't feel like changing around different people may they be happy or sad I am always feeling the neutral way, to the astonishment of many I have not once felt down even though I have been around people suffering from different causes, (working for church and teaching in area's where people are not well enough to educate their kids). I can sense when a person is happy or sad or just faking, but I always remain same like I am at home or alone. I some times out of the blue start to feel all sad and alone even with thousands of people around me but it goes away after some time and I become normal. Be they be a friend a neighbours an stranger I help them equally with the feeling that they have in them but never being overpowered by it and remain to feel same. I some times think of myself as a confused man who don't know how he feels and what he want to do but still I keep on doing things I never planned to do and helping people and feeling the same neutral way.

It was interesting read Thank you for making me aware about some thing so interesting :) GOD bless you


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Great hub. empathy is a good quality. I guess you should not hurt your own self doing this. Voted up. A great write.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi M.this was all interesting and fascinating information within this well written hub. I have learn much from your hub about Empath,well done. Just wondering is your's a Curse or a Blessing ?

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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ihate1D 4 years ago

i love spongbob


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bmcoll3278 4 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

I was documented as an empath, at the age of 19. I say a curse, I chased away every woman I met because they did not want me to know what they feel, and I did . It was not until I knew about it that I was able to tune it out if you will. Then my whole life changed, I could now keep from scaring people away.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

one thing which made me a sought-after orator was my ability to read my audience.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

@Billybuc, Thank you thank you sir.. it’s very hard indeed but we just need to control ourselves so as not to suffer on these emotions. You speak of so much love with Bev. I really admire you for that sir. ?


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Tonipet! Glad to meet someone on my own country!

Thank you for reading my hub...you realized that you cant say no to their requests right? because you fear that they will feel disapointed and hurt..so you put their needs first instead of what you want to do first :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Vellur, ihate1D, Mhatter: thank you for reading and for the messages. love spongebob!!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi K. (kashmir^;^). At first I thought this weird feeling is a curse, because i don't know why i have to feel others emotions while i cant even handle my own. i always find myself listening to people who have problems even if they're not really my friends or close one! can say, im always feel exhausted with life even i dont really have problems of my own. But now, i consider this as a blessing, and a part of me. im still learning to control these feelings/ emotions..

thanks for reading and for the shared!!! ^;^


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

bmcoll, i understand..believe it or not, i've done it a couple of times too.but im not that person anymore now that i learned to handle these emotions.


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

unknown spy..I can relate as I am empathetic and apathetic..unlike most who don't want to know and don't care..This brought comfort to many of my patients through the years..Having awareness of others has always been a natural instinct..awesome hub and very well written...


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

ENDLESS SEA: thank you for the read. Maybe what you feel is sympathy. Since you said that you just feel normal and same yet you have the tendecy to help others.

See below the difference:

Sympathy is a feeling of care and understanding for suffering beings. It is understanding what someone else is feeling because you have experienced it yourself or can put yourself in their shoes.

Empathy is understood as the ability to mutually experience the thoughts, emotions, and direct experience of others without them being directly communicated intentionally. This is acknowledging a person's emotional hardships and providing comfort and assurance.

So meaning, Sympathy essentially implies a feeling of recognition of another's suffering while empathy is actually sharing another's suffering.


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endless sea 4 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

ohh!! now I get it :) thanks for telling me :D


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Lot Rillera 4 years ago from Philippines

this is a great hub ! I consider myself too as an empath! I feel pity if I saw an old man in the street carrying heavy thing then people just passing him by without helping. I am thinking, what if He could be my dad and no one helps him. I want to do everything for my family to help them and help other people. voted up Miss M.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Nice to meet you as from one empath to another. I don't mind I love helping everyone from human to animal. Passing this on.


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Esther Earl 4 years ago

Very interisting as well as informative. I always believe in your hubs that's why I do share it... I want people to read it too that they may also enjoy and learn as well. Keep it up and always be careful.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

KJ force, Endlesssea, Lotzkie, Gypsy and EE :)

Thank you so much for your kind words and messages.. i hope that this gift bestowed upon us will be of great help to our fellow mankind. let us help one another.

thank you for the read, the votes and the shared.


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals

You said it, spy. The feeling is probably part of the way we've been brought up, putting others first before your own. So proud to know you're pinoy, thank you. Nice meeting you too! Keep up and blessings always!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

very glad to meet you tonipet :)

God bless and always keep up your good hubs too!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

unknown spy even if it hurts (please don't think I am crazy) it is probably a gift from God. Some have it and some do not. If you can feel and understand what others are feeling, you can help them. That does not mean it is easy. It does mean you are special, more then others. It is a blessing, not a curse.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Michele, it's a blessing indeed, this is a gift from God for us to understand people in needs where they, themselves cant say anything. thank you Michele. :)


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

FACT1: Spy.. you are an empath and you have a serious knack of picking peoples emotion...

FACT2: I say this.. cause you and me are two faces on two sides of a mirror :)

Great hub


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Unknown Spy: voted up, useful and awesome! This is an excellent, informative hub, and I am sure each reader has been examining herself/himself after reading it.

I agree that it is a gift, to be an empath. I'll have to make a list of when/where I feel deep emotions. I think it's a great way to get to know ourselves. I DO know I weep when I see a newborn, helpless infant, and my heart melts in the presence of any animal. I hug my four cats all the time and tell them over, and over again "I love you, I love you, I love you." I have gotten real emotional with many hubs I have read. As well as comments. I know one thing, I think I am a professional "weeper" :) God bless you and THANK YOU SO MUCH! Sparklea :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Rah.

Thank you and thank you for the read.

Well, glad that you and me are in the same boat :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hello sparklea!! :-) so happy to see you here again.

i started researching these emotions i've felt because i feel so weird. one time, when we went to a mountain, i saw a man selling halohalo. the first time i saw him, my heart twitch.it really hurts, like he's experiencing pains and sufferings.tried not to look at him, but the pain in me wont go away.i felt weak and drained. sometimes, in the middle of the street, on a bus, i literally cry when i saw someone who's aura too strong for me to ignore. I really didn't know this at first and i thought it's just a weird feeling :)


Jase 4 years ago

I'm an empath too. And what you've written there is very true and I exactly feel it.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

it's a blessing jase.. thank you and nice to meet you :)


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JideAlexander 4 years ago from IL

What an interesting hub!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you Jide!


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Gerg 4 years ago from California

I definitely relate to this. My ability to pick up on and reflect back another's thoughts, feelings and emotions has often been parroted back to me as a fault. I've had to learn to balance this with discretion and perspective - it isn't fruitful to jump on the rollercoaster, for you or the other person. So now I've learned to sit comfortably and watch, interject when needed, but for the majority of the time, rest peacefully in my knowledge and understanding of self and others - clearly, an evolving process!

Thanks for the informative, well-written hub.

G


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi G.Thank you so much for stopping by. and you're right, its really an evolving process. people with this special ability should learn how to handle and control these emotions..

Very much appreciated you message G.

xoxo,M.


Spongebob 4 years ago

I think Im one of the empaths too. I can relate to the words you have written, Thank you! I never thought about this before!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you Spongebob for dropping by. Glad to know!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Excellent hub my friend:) I have to be honest, I stopped by because I read the title and thought it was going to be a comic hub :)

Boy, was I wrong, and Boy am I glad I was, this was very informational!

Great job! :) Voted up and shared!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hahaha! Gotcha J!

really deceiving right? :) Thanks for the votes and shares J!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Yes very deceiving, great job! :)

You are welcome for the votes and share M

p.s. published my new poem, you should stop by and read! Have a good day, I am headed off to bed :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Will check it :)

Nyty nyt J :)


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

I expected to mee Spongebob, and now I understand why I love him so much.

I'm not sure if I'm a true empath, but the traits noted seem to suggest that i am. I have expereinced all these things, and still do. Very insightful, thank you for sharing...


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I'm glad I followed you, Mr. Empath err unknown spy.

My motto in life is the GOLDEN RULE (Do unto others as you would want others do unto you-a passage from the Bible) and that's what that anime character -Spongebob is trying to promote or the author itself).

Although, we also commit mistakes, we should always be do-gooders. :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Augustine..thanks much! maybe you have this gift of empathy... since you are experiencing signs not very common to all people.God bless!

Thank you travel man! and that motto you have is very perfect to live your life. it's the first step towards a happy and unselfless life.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I’m one of the empaths that's for sure. Great hub and voted up.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you moonlake!

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