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Know Thyself: An empath's survival guide in 5 steps

Know Thyself: An empath's survival guide in 5 steps | Empaths | Scoop.it
You know you’re an empath when, like Obi-Wan Kenobi, you feel great disturbances in The Force.

But you also sense tiny trembles. You detect an atmospheric shift when one person’s energy enters, or contaminates, a room.  Another person’s mood slams you when you lay a single fingertip on their skin.  If anyone is in pain, you feel it, physically.

You’re the glue holding families together, the bandage for the group’s faulty communication.
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Empath Traits: Signs Of A Highly Sensitive Person

Empath Traits: Signs Of A Highly Sensitive Person | Empaths | Scoop.it

Have you ever walked in a room and had a wave of negative energy wash over you? Have you had a conversation with a stranger and could tell, without them saying a word about it, that they were deeply troubled or sad Do you ever feel so profoundly moved by something beautiful that you start to cry?


If any of these ring true for you, you might be an empath — a highly sensitive person who has a more heightened awareness to subtle stimuli.



Here are 22 empath traits that might suggest you are a highly sensitive person:

1. People point it out

You’ve been told all your life you are too sensitive, overly emotional, or wear your heart on your sleeve. People tell you that you pick up on cues or feelings they don’t even notice.

2. You feel other’s feelings

You’ve noticed how sensitive you are to the emotions of others. Even before they tell you how they are feeling, you already know. You can enter a room and have a sense of the general mood of the environment.

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Examining the Highly Sensitive Personality -- Sensitive: The Untold Story

Examining the Highly Sensitive Personality -- Sensitive: The Untold Story | Empaths | Scoop.it
You might be one of the 20 percent of the population who are highly sensitive individuals, an often misunderstood physiological trait examined in depth through the new documentary Sensitive: The Untold Story.
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6 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Highly Empathetic People

6 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Highly Empathetic People | Empaths | Scoop.it
The truth is that being empathetic is one of the most worthwhile traits a person can have. To not only be able to acknowledge one another's wellbeing, but to actually feel what someone else is experiencing, and to truly connect at that core level, is unprecedentedly powerful.


It's something we all need to develop a bit more, especially on a mass scale. But, like most things in the world, it's stigmatized to an unfair degree (if not disregarded completely).


Here are all the things people tend to get wrong about empaths, and the truth that may make you realize you are one (but perhaps in denial):

Highly Empathetic People Usually Come From Difficult, If Not Abusive, Pasts


BRIANNA WIEST

 
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The Toxic Attraction Between an Empath & a Narcissist.

The Toxic Attraction Between an Empath & a Narcissist. | Empaths | Scoop.it
The more powerful the narcissist becomes, the more likely the empath will retreat into a victim status. Then, there is a very big change---


I am an empath. I discovered I was an empath after I got involved in a very deep and highly destructive relationship with a narcissist.

I am writing this article from the perspective on an empath, however, would love to read the view from the opposite side if there are any narcissists that would like to offer their perception on this.


Through writing about the empath personality type I have connected with many other people who class themselves as an empath and time and again I have heard people tell me how they have also attracted relationships with narcissists. There is a link. So, I decided to explore it further.


Via Alex Myles

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10 Signs That You Are An Empath - Introvert Spring

10 Signs That You Are An Empath - Introvert Spring | Empaths | Scoop.it
If you are an introvert who is highly sensitive, you might also be an empath.


Empaths are highly sensitive individuals who deeply feel the emotions of those around them.


Both introverts and empaths are likely to feel overwhelmed by crowds and loud noises.


They are also prone to feeling drained and completely exhausted to the point of fatigue. For introverts, feeling drained is usually due to overstimulation.. For empaths, it is related to the stress of constantly feeling other people’s emotions.

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Advice for Empaths, Teal Swan with Host Amanda Flaker

In this interview Teal shares her experience learning to cope/thrive with her empathic abilities and offers advice to other empaths on how to feel empowered and fearless with their sensitivities.
To join the "Empowering Empathic Abilities" online support group click here:
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Studies Link Social Anxiety To Empathetic Ability, High IQs, & Sentinel Intelligence

Studies Link Social Anxiety To Empathetic Ability, High IQs, & Sentinel Intelligence | Empaths | Scoop.it
What if they are more aware of the things that are wrong with society and are more connected to the suffering in the world?  What if an anxious mind is a searching and connected mind?


 A very important study came out a few years ago linking social anxiety to increased empathetic abilities.


 People who report suffering from social anxiety have an increased ability to feel and interpret the emotions and mental states of people around them.  As the study concluded:


Results support the hypothesis that high socially anxious individuals may demonstrate a unique social-cognitive abilities profile with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions...


a recent study  found that people with social anxiety exhibit elevated mentalizing and empathetic abilities.  Essentially, they have a much higher psycho-social awareness. 


by Steven Bancarz,

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Heal Overactive Empathy

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Heal Overactive Empathy
Do you feel energetically drained because you constantly pick up other people’s emotions?

Reclaim your power from overactive empathy and stop absorbing other people’s energies. Find out if you are an empath or highly sensitive person.

Blog Articles on Overactive Empathy
Are You an Empath? – Did you ever wonder why you are able pick up on other people’s energy easily? You may be an Empath. Sometimes it can be difficult to diagnose whether or not you are an Empath. Everyone is born with the gift of empathy, but I think there are some defining traits that separate normal empathy from overactive empathy.
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Coping With Empathy Overload

Coping With Empathy Overload | Empaths | Scoop.it
Do people tell you that you are just too sensitive? Maybe you are Empathic. Empaths feel what others are experiencing physically, emotionally, or mentally.


Yes, there are advantages to knowing what others are feeling, but you really don't want to feel that person's headache or know someone's pants are too tight! All these sensations can become overwhelming, yet empathy can be really useful. So, here are some ways to live as an Empath without getting beat up by your sensitivities.

The first step to dealing with empathic sensitivity is to know what is yours and what isn't. If you are not prone to headaches, yet all the sudden you have one, look around and see who nearby has a furrowed brow. You might not see the person because you by empathic with people who are near by as well with people you are strongly connected to. You can see why empathic people can feel a sensation without realizing it isn't theirs.


So what can an empath do?


by Cindy Griffith-Bennett 

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Lakewolf Whitecrow's comment, March 1, 2015 3:26 PM
I've been studying the use of empathy in therapeutic sessions since 1981. Though I haven't a degree, I do have experience with writing white papers via my appointment to PA governor Shapp's Gay Task Force as the organiser of the Gay Youth Committee in 1975.
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I was appointed at age 16.
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Are You An Empath? Watch This Video! - YouTube

A ten minute healing to repair the damage to the energy field that creates the empathic distractions that keep us from living out our joy and our desires for...
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What is an Empath and Are You One?

What is an Empath and Are You One? | Empaths | Scoop.it

by Randi Fine 


Have you ever wondered why people who are strangers or people you hardly know open up to you and share their most trusted thoughts?


Do you have an instant connection with animals? Are you unable to watch violence, cruelty, or tragedy on television or in the movies because your soul just can’t bear it? Do you have an instant knowing about the character of the people you meet upon first meeting them? Are you highly spiritual and find the physical world and everything in it heavy?


Are you often tired and have physical ailments that cannot be medically explained? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions you may be an “empath.


Empaths are people who are highly sensitive to the energy and the emotions of the people, animals, and sometimes even the spiritual imprints that exist around them. 

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» Do Empaths Really Exist? - Reaching Life Goals

» Do Empaths Really Exist? - Reaching Life Goals | Empaths | Scoop.it
Do empaths really exist? Learn more about empaths and find out what some of the traits and characteristics are of empaths. Emapths - real or fake?


Recently, a friend of mine who is a psychologist shared with me during a conversation about career counseling that she has the ability to sense the emotions of others. At first, I thought she was talking about the construct of empathy, an ability most helping professionals seem to (or at least should) possess. As our conversation continued however, it became clear to me that she was talking about something completely different.


Specifically, she identified herself as an empath. 


by John D. Moore, PhD (


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The Toxic Attraction Between an Empath & a Narcissist.

The Toxic Attraction Between an Empath & a Narcissist. | Empaths | Scoop.it
I am an empath. I discovered I was an empath after I got involved in a very deep and highly destructive relationship with a narcissist.

I am writing this article from the perspective of an empath, however, would love to read the view from the opposite side if there are any narcissists that would like to offer their perception on this.

Through writing about the empath personality type I have connected with many other people who class themselves as an empath and time and again I have heard people tell me how they have also attracted relationships with narcissists. There is a link. So, I decided to explore it further.

For a detailed explanation of both the narcissist and empathy personality types, please click here and here.

This is my theory…
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6 Benefits Of Being A Highly Sensitive Person: 2. We're Empathetic

6 Benefits Of Being A Highly Sensitive Person: 2. We're Empathetic | Empaths | Scoop.it


In a recent study, a group of HSPs and non-HSPs were each shown photos of both strangers and loved ones with facial expressions exhibiting either happiness or sadness.


For HSP subjects, it didn't matter whether the photo displayed a positive or negative emotion — HSPs displayed higher levels of activation in the areas of the brain associated with empathy.

Of course, HSPs aren't the only people who experience empathy, and non-HSPs are equally capable of being amazing friends, partners, and parents — but our high levels of empathy are a special quality we can bring to our relationships.

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The Empath Academy - Become a Thriving & Skilled Empath - Intimate course with Dr. Michael R. Smith

The Empath Academy - Become a Thriving & Skilled Empath - Intimate course with Dr. Michael R. Smith | Empaths | Scoop.it

Dear Fellow Empath/Sensitive....


Are you an empath?

If you've ever had the experience of easily feeling other people's emotional states, and are able to feel subtle spiritual or emotional energy, then the chances are that you are an Empath, or Highly Sensitive Person.  


If you're an empath or sensitive person, you will generally have the following traits:

  • You are a good listener, often a magnet for other people's stories.
  • You feel emotions deeply and cry easily, often for no reason.
  • You have good intuition, especially when it comes to other people. You can 'just know' what someone might be experiencing.
  • You may often become over-stimulated in public places like malls.


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Wellbeing: Running on empathy -

Wellbeing: Running on empathy - | Empaths | Scoop.it
They are known as 'emotional empaths' and they are slowly gaining a place on the bookshop shelf thanks to Judith Orloff, the author of the New York Times bestseller Emotional Freedom.


"Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions", she writes. "They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualise feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world".


According to Orloff, empaths are the type of people you want on your side. "They are naturally giving, spiritually attuned and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they're there for you, world-class nurturers".

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Ascend Academy: Way of the Empath

Ascend Academy: Way of the Empath | Empaths | Scoop.it
We truly are one being, and as we all rise in consciousness, our collective mental state becomes increasingly reflective.  This is so we can further understand and integrate other aspects of our collective self, provoking more harmony and resonance in the whole.  As a result, every individual is beginning to gain more empathic tendencies on a subtle level, becoming sensitive to the vibrations we all constantly emit.

With full awareness of this phenomenon, Empaths compassionately and consciously direct their vibrations through visualization and breath work to positively affect the mental and emotional atmosphere.  
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Empowering Empathic Abilities Online Class

Empowering Empathic Abilities Online Class | Empaths | Scoop.it
Ever since I taught the first “Empowering Empathic Abilities” online class, I have had many emails and comments asking when I will teach the next one. Because I started the Empowering Empathic Abilities online Facebook community, I am moving away from teaching live classes.

The good news is that I am now making all my previous classes available for automatic download. I am in the process of re-recording all the videos from the previous classes (and adding new content/assignments as well). These will be entirely new and improved classes.


In this course I cover

  • How to feel safe and empowered as an empath
  • Healing the Emotional Body
  • Good energetic hygiene for empaths
  • How to own your power as an empath
  • Allow your power to be perceived
  • Empathic abilities and weight gain
  • The role guilt plays in unhealed empaths
  • Breaking out of the aggressor, victim, savior paradigm
  • Empathic Shapeshifting
  • Creating new energy grids in the auric field
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New Study Links Social Anxiety To Being An Empath

New Study Links Social Anxiety To Being An Empath | Empaths | Scoop.it

Written by Amateo Ra|


Could social anxiety’s hidden link to empathy give us a greater understanding into the lives of those affected?..


Results support the hypothesis that high socially anxious individuals may demonstrate a unique social-cognitive abilities profile with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions.


This helps shed major light on the subject, finding a hidden link between social anxiety and being an Empath. They used specific testing to measure levels of empathy within specific individuals, and found that those same individuals demonstrated high levels of social anxiety-like behavior.

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(Empath) Science Links Anxiety To High IQ’s & Sentinel Intelligence, Social Anxiety To Very Rare Psychic Gift

(Empath)  Science Links Anxiety To High IQ’s & Sentinel Intelligence, Social Anxiety To Very Rare Psychic Gift | Empaths | Scoop.it
We hypothesized that high-socially-anxious individuals (HSA) may exhibit elevated mentalizing and empathic abilities.”


The research methods were as follows: “Empathy was assessed using self-rating scales in HSA individuals (n=21) and low-socially-anxious (LSA) individuals (n=22), based on their score on the Liebowitz social anxiety scale. A computerized task was used to assess the ability to judge first and second order affective vs. cognitive mental state attributions.”

Remarkably, the scientists found that a large portion of people with social anxiety disorder are gifted empaths

people whose right-brains are operating significantly above normal levels and are able to perceive the physical sensitivities, spiritual urges, motivations, and intentions of other people around them (see Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk below for a powerful explanation of this ability).


The team’s conclusion reads: “Results support the hypothesis that high-socially-anxious individuals demonstrate a unique profile of social-cognitive abilities with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions...”


Empaths who have fully embraced their abilities are able to function on a purely intuition-based level.

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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, April 26, 2015 12:07 PM

I agree

Havilah Abrego's curator insight, March 13, 11:33 PM

I found this article very interesting and very informative, and somewhat enlightening. The title caught my eye right away because I relate very much to the topic. I am, in fact, an empath. I love to learn more about how my mind works and how I can tap into this ability to live my life to the fullest.

The style the writer used for this article was gripping to me. It was very straightforward with lots of statistics, which most people usually do not find interesting. However, I love to read articles with pure data and information, so I found it very entertaining, I think especially because I can relate.


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New Study Links Social Anxiety To Being An Empath

New Study Links Social Anxiety To Being An Empath | Empaths | Scoop.it

Written by Amateo Ra|


Could social anxiety’s hidden link to empathy give us a greater understanding into the lives of those affected?..


Results support the hypothesis that high socially anxious individuals may demonstrate a unique social-cognitive abilities profile with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions.


This helps shed major light on the subject, finding a hidden link between social anxiety and being an Empath. They used specific testing to measure levels of empathy within specific individuals, and found that those same individuals demonstrated high levels of social anxiety-like behavior.

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Empowered Living: The Gift of Empathy

Empowered Living: The Gift of Empathy | Empaths | Scoop.it
Living: The Gift of Empathy on The Jenn Royster Show – Are you feeling overwhelmed by everyone, or everything? Isn’t it time your life felt empowered to thrive? Empowered living is possible for you.  Empaths, or highly sensitive people are those who feel other people’s energy or a situation as if it was there own. Take heart and know there is a gift inside you, a powerful antennae to connect with ALL of Life!
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9 Strategies to Protect Yourself from Empathic Illnesses

9 Strategies to Protect Yourself from Empathic Illnesses | Empaths | Scoop.it

Empathic illnesses are those in which you manifest symptoms that are not your own.

Empathic Illnesses: Do You Absorb Other People’s Symptoms?

Empathic illnesses are those in which you manifest symptoms that are not your own. Many patients have come to me labeled “agoraphobic” with panic disorders, chronic depression, fatigue, pain, or mysterious ailments that respond only partially to medications or psychotherapy. Some were nearly housebound or ill for years. They’d all say, “I dread being in crowds.


Other people’s anger, stress, and pain drain me, and I need a lot of alone time to refuel my energy.” When I took a close history of all these patients I found that they were what I call “physical empaths:” people whose bodies are so porous they absorb the symptoms of others. I relate because I am one.


Physical empaths do not have the defenses that others have to screen things out.


As a psychiatrist, knowing this significantly changed how I treated these patients. My job became teaching them to center and protect themselves, set healthy boundaries, and let go of energy they picked up from others.


by Judith Orloff MD

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Lakewolf Whitecrow's comment, March 1, 2015 3:36 PM
I have learned how to recognise which are my feelings and which come from outside. Everyone has a unique signature or "hallmark". What I term "layover" emotions ("layover" in the sense used in medical texts when transparent sheets are used to show the layering of muscles, organs, etc.) are now easy for me to recognise.Ihave also developed a method to teach other physical and emotional empaths the vital skills it took me decades to learn on my own. I will freely share. Send a friend request via Google plus to Lakewolf Whitecrow & I'll add you to my lists. In the meantime, I'l begin to work on writing this all down. No sense in spending vital time to develop tools I've already developed---and taught.
Lakewolf Whitecrow's comment, March 1, 2015 3:40 PM
I have waited for this for DECADES! I was going to write a book on affection as therapy, but sharing it here is so much easier.I don't need credit or citations; it's such a profound sense of relief that I finally have the opportunity to share this. As I'm on SSD, sometimes I'm not doing very well, but I'm never doing better than when I'm helping someone else. May God bless you for giving me this opportunity!
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How To Deal With High Empathy? Living With High Sensitivity

How To Deal With High Empathy? Living With High Sensitivity | Empaths | Scoop.it
Do you sometimes feel sad without really knowing why? Find out whether you are highly empathic and learn how to avoid absorbing the negativity of others.

 MY JOURNEY IN FINDING OUT
 

It wasn’t until recently, when I read an article about ‘30 traits of an empath‘ that I discovered I was not alone in feeling the way I felt at times but that there is a category of humans defined as empaths (my spell check doesn’t even recognize this word).


I am not a fan of labels but learning about some traits and finding out what it meant and feels like to be an empath, has been calming, reassuring and healing. The danger with not being aware of the fact that you are an empath, is to end up with the belief that negative feelings absorbed from others are your own ones.


BY GRETA STREITBERGER 

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