The Empath: Feeling Other People's Feelings
What Is An Empath?
An empath, as the word suggests, is someone who has too much empathy and therefore they cannot help picking up on the feelings of other people around them.
It's almost as if they feel other people's feelings.
However, despite the fact that some people believe empaths only exist in science-fiction or that it's a paranormal subject, it's actually a very different phenomenon from telepathy.
It's important to distinguish the difference between empathy and telepathy - they are two completely different subjects, although telepathy is present in many animals on Earth.
An empath could be considered to be the direct opposite of a narcissist. Whereas a narcissist has a severe lack of empathy and is only ever attuned to their own emotions and needs, an empath cannot help being attuned to the emotions and needs of other people.
However, although some of them may do so, not all empaths necessarily neglect themselves for this reason.
An empath is described as someone who has an acute or highly developed sense of empathy. Most empaths are female although, on rare occasions, male empaths have also been found.
However, female empaths seem to be much better at controlling their "affliction" than male empaths.
Difference Between Empathy & Telepathy
Empathy is the ability to understand somebody else's situation from their own point of view and to understand how a situation makes them feel and affects them.
Empaths often find themselves sympathizing with, or feeling the feelings of, the people around them.
These people don't necessarily have to say anything to the empath, the empath picks up on their emotions anyway subconsciously and naturally and this can sometimes drive them crazy.
This does not just happen to empaths with people they already know or just their own family members, it also happens with when surrounded by strangers in public and this can sometimes be extremely difficult for an empath to cope with.
The empath is not a mind-reader and does not pick up on other people's feelings, thoughts and emotions simply by knowing what they are thinking.
Instead, they naturally and intuitively pick up on the subconscious cues and signals that other people send out (ie their unconscious communication), which they are extremely receptive to.
It has been estimated that our spoken language only accounts for approximately 20% of our communication with body language and other forms of unconscious communication making up the other 80%.
Although all of us rely on unconscious communication to a certain extent, it can be difficult for many of us to truly know what a person is really thinking or feeling, or to learn how to read people.
However, an empath's ability and capacity to pick up on such unconscious communication is highly accentuated and this is something they do completely naturally without ever having to consciously be aware of it, or thinking about what they are doing - it just happens, though they don't necessarily always want it to happen and, if inappropriate, this can sometimes cause them great anguish.