showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
“an attentive, empathic listener”
“One of the main problems for Empaths is the lack of transparency and honesty in the world and the consequent resentment of having to process all the energy that is not in full view. Of course lots of of these sensitive beings struggle also with things that are in full view too.” ~ Openhand
♻️ This could not be more true for me, but I would change the word resentment to experience or something more compassionate in nature.
ARE YOU AN EMPATH?
Can you sense others emotions easily before even speaking with them?
You have the ability to sense their reactions to life. Even sensing where they are going wrong or when they are on the right path?
You choose who to surround yourself with very carefully, you almost know in an instant if friendship can be between the two of you? Yet you are also drawn to people who are in need of fixing and need time away from them to recharge?
Strangers seem to trust you easily and people are at ease telling you things they would only tell those they’ve known a long time?
You get ‘premonitions’ or ‘visions’ of others, things that can help them?
Do you take on others pain? Do you start to feel sad or heavy when you meet someone before they’ve even talked to you, then found out they themselves are very sad or in pain?
You may have been called a ‘know-it-all’? Do some get uncomfortable with you when you tell them what you ‘feel’ or ‘know’?
You are very in tune with animals? Feel a nurturing pull to protect them all?
You feel the sadness, stress or burden of the world and the harm humanity has caused through war, pollution, etc…?
Do you feel the urge to champion to those who cannot speak for themselves, like children or the underdogs/rejected of the world?
You’ve never really felt a sense of belonging, even in your own family, and even when nothing has caused you to feel that disconnect?
I’ve felt this way my whole life. I always know when people are lying. I always know when people are hurting. I always know when something is off with people. Sometimes this can be painful and difficult to maneuver through life. Normal pleasantries you have with new acquaintances are difficult for me. Since I usually know if your being truthful, I also know if you really aren’t all that into knowing me, or if you have a bias towards me. Most people go through life fairly oblivious to the subtleties that to me are more like gigantic stop signs or caution lights.
Clairsentience, which means clear sensing, is the ability to feel the present, past or future physical and emotional states of others, without the use of the normal five senses. Psychics who are clairsentient are able to retrieve information from houses, public buildings and outside areas. ~ The Psychic Library
Over the years I realized I am developing into a clairsentient, which is a heightened state of being and empath with a touch of psychic ability? I don’t know, I always felt perhaps I should be a detective or a profiler (aka forensic psychologist), I know I would be really good with this odd skill set. I was always told I was overly sensitive as a child, but never felt this was true. I was always calm when I spoke of things and it came from what I thought was reason and logic. Crowds can bother me if I’m not grounded well. Because I sense to much at once. But once I ground (hug a tree, earth my feet, or wear grounding jewelry), I’m perfectly fine. My perception has always been heightened and I tend to see/feel things with more precision than others do. And I know that some people, when I meet them, or even just pass them by somewhere, give off a dark energy that makes me physically ill. And my ‘knowing’ things actually some times manifests physically, like goose bumps. Of course there are a zillion variables that affect that ‘sense’, including, when I choose to ignore the feeling.
An empath reads body language, tone of voice, body movements, the words people choose when they speak, the words they avoid, the logic they use and the hidden things that only an empath can sense inside another person. And yes it’s very much a skill a forensic psychologist can utilize.
I’m also an INFJ-A personality type which one of the qualities is:
Insightful – Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, Advocates step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. Advocate personalities see how people and events are connected, and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.
I don’t know. I wrote this because I’m trying to live my life in a more authentic way. But as I see this I wonder, maybe I do need to consider a career field where these abilities can be used to better the world in some way. Another thought to ponder. But it’s getting late and I’m sleepy….
Do you feel you may be an empath? Here are some additional writings to check out:
I’m An Empath + I Feel EVERYTHING. Here’s What It’s Really Like
Feel to Live: The Secret Life of an Empath
The Life Of An Empath