Understanding the Empath

An empath feels the emotions and physical pains of others as intensely or more than their own. This barrage of sensations can over-stimulate the empath and even manifest as erratic behaviour. 

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What Does It Feel Like?
An empath is so sensitive to the energies surrounding her, especially the energies of other people, that they can fall victim to tremendous stress and inner conflict. It can feel like an electrical current or simply a nervousness that suddenly overpowers them,  followed by a flood of emotions. Feelings of sadness or melancholy may come out of nowhere and consume them.  This becomes very confusing since the empath may not fully understand what is happening to them and try to own those feelings by attempting to understand why they’re feeling such odd and unfounded emotions.
It isn’t surprising that the majority of empaths at one time or another become highly depressed. In addition to negative emotions, an empath can also pick up on a person’s positive ones. However, this up and down effect creates an emotional roller coaster ride for the inexperienced and untrained empath.

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How Empaths Receive Information
No one really knows the true mechanisms of empathic abilities. Many theories have been created as a means of explanation. Not all empaths have just this one ability, and some can garner information from multiple psychic abilities that work in unison as one mega psychic ability. For example, the empath may unknowingly use psychometry abilities to receive information simply by touching a person or object. The empathic ability then processes this information into feelings. Going beyond these two psychic abilities, the person may also have strong clairvoyance, clairaudience and other abilities that assist in the processing of the information they are receiving.
Until the empath stops to examine their individual processes to determine if they’re operating on strictly empathic abilities, or a team of abilities, it’s difficult for them to find ways of controlling the information they receive. It requires time and patience to test themselves on each possible ability, but once a baseline is established, it’s easier to see how each psychic ability is connected and how all of them interact and function.

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Can Anyone Be an Empath?
Like other psychic abilities, no one is certain how or why these abilities exist, how they work, or why one person might have them while another doesn’t. Some people believe it’s a genetic transference since psychic abilities seem to run in families.

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Coping with Empathic Abilities
The inexperienced empath is usually overwhelmed by the sudden flood of information she receives, especially when these experiences happen to her as a child. The feelings and even physical sensations an empath picks up from another person can be stronger than her own. This makes it very difficult to distinguish which emotions are theirs and which ones belong to someone else.
A child doesn’t have the coping mechanisms of an adult. This psychic ability can make the child high-strung and overly-emotional. If the Empath doesn’t have someone in their life who understands what is happening, they can be misunderstood. Sometimes, the child can be misdiagnosed as having various emotional or mental disorders. Children can become trapped in this framework early on and remain defined by an illness or disorder their entire adult lives.

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Isolation
Many empaths find a physical solution to the flood of emotions and other sensations by living in sparsely populated areas to have a facsimile of a “normal” life. A rural lifestyle doesn’t mean the empath becomes immune to the emotions and energies of others, but they are certainly able to cope better than they might in a metropolitan environment.

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Talking Helps
It’s highly helpful for an empath to have a confidant they can confide in and never worry about being judged. Unfortunately, anyone with psychic abilities typically feels isolated and even ostracised for being different. Those feelings are often compounded by the many feelings she experiences from other people, and they can become debilitating.

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Techniques to Control Reactions
There are several proven techniques that can help empaths minimise and even shutdown their empathic abilities. The problem with shutting down is that the empath often becomes irritable and nervous since empathy is a normal function for them…
Meditation is one of the most effective and common techniques used to assist in controlling and understanding empathic and other psychic abilities.

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Living as an Empath
The empath must learn how to minimise the personal reaction to information being received. This comes with a lot of practice and eventually, they will be able to distinguish which emotions are theirs and which ones belong to someone else.

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