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 The Best and Worst Careers for Empaths

 The Best and Worst Careers for Empaths | Empaths | Scoop.it
Empaths do well at all kinds of job, but it’s essential to find the right one to help stimulate your skills, character and talents. An empath’s attributes might not be appreciated in big corporations, academia, professional sports, military or government duties, but are a perfect much for the arts and organizations with a more humane focus.

 

So, when considering professions, use your intuition to judge whether you’re a good fit for their mission and if you agree with their goals, values and energy. A job might look good on paper, but it might not be right for you.

Jobs to avoid if you’re an empathy are jobs that drain your energy and undermine your empathetic nature. Such a profession is sales, since it’s a very extroverted job many empaths find it extremely stressful to constantly deal with angry and upset customers.  

 

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Judith Orloff - The Science Behind Empaths

Judith Orloff explains the science behind being an empath and how you can work with it to your advantage.
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Judith Orloff - How to Thrive as an Empowered Empath

About Empath's Survival Guide
For highly sensitive people known as empaths, life presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Now New York Times bestselling author Dr. Judith Orloff offers an empowering book to support empaths, their loved ones, and anyone who wants to develop their empathy in an often insensitive world. Here she offers essential tools and wisdom to help sensitive people prevent fatigue, build resilience, find healthy relationships and work, raise empathic children, and much more.
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Are You an Empathic Narcissist? 

Are You an Empathic Narcissist?  | Empaths | Scoop.it
Finally, this article was written in the interests of self-exploration and self-growth, not as an actual medical diagnosis. Fortunately most empaths are empathetic, but if you suspect that you may harbor any borderline or obvious traits, you’re free to keep reading.

10 SIGNS YOU’RE AN EMPATHIC NARCISSIST

For most of my life I strongly believed that I was a kind, patient, caring and empathetic person. This idealized self-image I had created for myself only served to mask the real truth of who I was: that of a self-centered wounded egomaniac who couldn’t truly empathize with others. Don’t worry, I’m not “dissing” myself – it’s the truth! And you know, sometimes I still can be self-centered, but I have improved a great deal since then. By the way, this breakthrough from unempathetic empath to empathetic empath was greatly assisted by Sol who shook me up and put the mirror of Clarity right in front of me.
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New Research Shows Empathy in HSP's Brains

New Research Shows Empathy in HSP's Brains | Empaths | Scoop.it

As highly sensitive people, many of us have spent our lives feeling different from other people but not really knowing why. In some cases, others tell us that we’re different, usually in a critical, demanding way – you’re too sensitive, too intense, too shy, why are you hiding out here when everyone else is at the party?

 

These all too familiar phrases, even when they are well-meant, usually have the effect of making sensitive people feel unacceptable, unappreciated and inherently flawed in some way, leading us quickly down the road to feelings of shame, self-doubt and low self-esteem.

 

Deborah Ward is the author of Overcoming Low Self-Esteem with Mindfulness.

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Understanding the Science Behind Empathy and Empaths

Understanding the Science Behind Empathy and Empaths | Empaths | Scoop.it

As a psychiatrist and an empath, I am fascinated by how the phenomenon of empathy works. I feel passionately that empathy is the medicine the world needs right now.

Empathy is when we reach our hearts out to others and put ourselves in their shoes. However, being an empath goes even farther. Like many of my patients and myself, empaths are people who’re high on the empathic spectrum and actually feel what is happening in others in their own bodies. As a result, empaths can have incredible compassion for people—but they often get exhausted from feeling “too much” unless they develop strategies to safeguard their sensitivities and develop healthy boundaries.

 

Judith Orloff MD Author,

'The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People'

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The Dark Side of Empathy: How Absorbing Emotions Can Drain You

The Dark Side of Empathy: How Absorbing Emotions Can Drain You | Empaths | Scoop.it
Empaths, or highly sensitive people, know all too well the struggle of trying to balance their emotions in a world full of conflicting and intense energy. Most people would view empathy as a positive trait in an individual, but for an empath, they know the dark side of this innate characteristic.

 

Being able to empathize with what another person goes through and offering support and understanding can literally save someone’s life, in some cases, but empaths take on the energy and feelings from every person they encounter. This gets deeply embedded into their consciousness, and can drag them down for weeks, even months, after the interaction.

 

 

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Does Empathy Lead to Psychic Abilities? Part II | Empathic Healing Method

Does Empathy Lead to Psychic Abilities? Part II | Empathic Healing Method | Empaths | Scoop.it

In my previous post (Part I) we explored the nuts and bolts of how empathy and psychic ability are interrelated, and come together in a sort of outer level of awareness, which is the imagination.

 

I promised a Part II of that post would shortly follow, in which we would move in the direction of applying this knowledge to actual psychic development.

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Houses of Empathy 

Houses of Empathy  | Empaths | Scoop.it

Houses of Empathy is an European project that aims to contribute to the reduction of violence amongst peers in residential care settings, by building a programme on bullying prevention.

Like the building of a house, the project proposes to develop and reinforce personal and social skills, the foundations of healthy relationships, in order to gradually promote empathy skills among children, young people and staff.

What makes Houses of Empathy an innovative project is its ecological approach. It intervenes on different levels, involving not only young people, but also the staff in residential care settings and other stakeholders in the child protection community.

Through awareness raising activities and dissemination of several resources, Houses of Empathy intends to activate all the community to prevent bullying in residential care settings; inviting all the actors to play a key role in the promoting  positive environments in those contexts. To achieve this, in addition to an anti-bullying programme for young people, the project will promote training for professionals, seminars, conferences and also provides an online platform for support

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10 Traits of Empathic People

10 Traits of Empathic People | Empaths | Scoop.it
The trademark of an empath is feeling and absorbing other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. These people filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings. As a psychiatrist and empath myself, I know the challenges of being a highly sensitive person.

 

When overwhelmed with the impact of stressful emotions, empaths may experience panic attacks, depression, chronic fatigue, food, sex, and drug binges, or exhibit many other physical symptoms that defy traditional diagnosis.

 

 1. Empaths are highly sensitive...

2. Empaths absorb other people’s emotions....

3. Many empaths are introverted....

4. Empaths are highly intuitive....

5. Empaths need alone time....

6. Empaths can become overwhelmed in intimate relationships....

7. Empaths are targets for energy vampires....

8. Empaths become replenished in nature....

9. Empaths have highly tuned senses....

10. Empaths have huge hearts but sometimes give too much....

 

Judith Orloff, M.D.

 

 

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Being Empathic versus Being an Empath: Crucial Differences

Being Empathic versus Being an Empath: Crucial Differences | Empaths | Scoop.it
This article is about the seemingly negligible distinctions between being empathic and being an empath. Seemingly negligible because the practical distinctions are huge!

As an HSP, you’ll likely identify with being empathic. For various reasons, it can even be a preferable word to Highly Sensitive. Being empathic means that you are able to relate to how other people are feeling. So how is this different from being an empath?

 

Empath is another term for clairsentient. With that, we’re moving from the world of psychology to the world of spiritual healing. An estimated 2-4% of the population is clairsentient (I suspect those numbers may be much lower, but that is a separate discussion) and about 15-20% of the population is HSP.

 

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How to Solve the Problem of Empathy 

How to Solve the Problem of Empathy  | Empaths | Scoop.it

"Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate.

 

It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled.   Anthon St Maarten

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EmpathTest.com - Are you an Empath?

EmpathTest.com - Are you an Empath? | Empaths | Scoop.it

This test scores you on several categories, including:

  • whether  you are an Out of Control Healer,
  • how well you use your own
  •  Empathic Protection Tools,
  • how much you Unconsciously Mirror  other people,
  • and how Logical vs Intuitive you are.

 

 

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(Empaths) The Dark Side Of Empathic People That You Rarely See and Must Always Be Cautious Of!

(Empaths) The Dark Side Of Empathic People That You Rarely See and Must Always Be Cautious Of! | Empaths | Scoop.it

The dark side of being an empath is constantly being exhausted and fatigued from the energies you absorb. But, you’d never know it. Because the empath never dares break down or lose composure. They quietly observe, acknowledge and feel.

As many others do, empaths want to be loved and accepted for who they are. But, it is their generosity and kindness that often sees them being taken advantage of by those who only take, never give. Empaths are ‘givers’ by all means, ready to show kindness to those in need at all times.

The dark side of being an empath is not knowing that being so selfless places an incredibly heavy burden on one’s self. Even the empaths that do recognize the burdensome nature of their selflessness often choose to ignore it, because carrying that weight is more meaningful than letting it fall on someone else’s shoulders.

 

By Amanda Greene

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Judith Orloff - What is an Empath?

Psychiatrist and empath, Judith Orloff, opens the conversation on what it means to be an empath. Learn how you can become an empowered empath in her new book:  
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(Empaths) How being an Empath can lead to Adrenal Fatigue, Insomnia & Exhaustion.

(Empaths) How being an Empath can lead to Adrenal Fatigue, Insomnia & Exhaustion. | Empaths | Scoop.it

Empaths can experience a sudden onset of chronic fatigue due to a significant crash in energy levels.

This can be caused by having a variety of emotional responsibilities, and also because we profusely leak our energy when we do not remain present, consciously aware, grounded, and balanced.

Empaths often feel particularly drained when we have spent too much time in the company of other people, and these interactions can cause us to develop emotional exhaustion. Empaths need a great deal of alone time to retreat and recharge their internal batteries.

Our thoughts, emotions, and feelings can all play havoc on our internal system, causing devastating consequences that can debilitate us. If we have regular periods of solitude, we are able to process our emotions and feelings during the day. We will then not become so exhausted, as we will frequently let go of any negativity that might play on our minds and weigh us down.


 Alex Myles
Mar 23, 2017

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The Empath’s Survival Guide: An Interview with Judith Orloff

The Empath’s Survival Guide: An Interview with Judith Orloff | Empaths | Scoop.it
Her new book, The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, is a guide for a wide range of empaths and all sensitive people who struggle with managing the gifts — intuition, creativity and spiritual connection — with challenges that overwhelm them. The book also offers a much-needed acknowledgment that empaths are not imagining the things they feel and sense.

As Dr. Orloff explains, “As empaths, we actually feel others’ emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have.”
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Why Empaths Act Strange Around Inauthentic People

Why Empaths Act Strange Around Inauthentic People | Empaths | Scoop.it

Imagine being able to soak up all of those feelings, and being around a fake person. Being around inauthentic people is close to excruciating if you’re an empath.

 

By definition, empaths are emotionally sensitive people who absorb the emotions and feelings of others- even the ones other people don’t know they’re emitting. Sounds like an exhausting job, right? Well, imagine being able to soak up all of those feelings, and being around a fake person. It’s perplexing, frustrating, and yes, excruciating, for an empath to be around an inauthentic person.
5 Things to Recognize When An Empath Is In Your Presence

 

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The Science Behind Empathy And Empaths  

The Science Behind Empathy And Empaths   | Empaths | Scoop.it
Empathy is when we reach our hearts out to others and put ourselves in their shoes. However, being an empath goes even farther. Like many of my patients and myself, empaths are people who’re high on the empathic spectrum and actually feel what is happening in others in their own bodies.

 

As a result, empaths can have incredible compassion for people–but they often get exhausted from feeling “too much” unless they develop strategies to safeguard their sensitivities and develop healthy boundaries.

 

In my book, “The Empath’s Survival Guide” I discuss the following intriguing scientific explanations of empathy and empaths. These will help us more deeply understand the power of empathy so we can utilize and honor it in our lives.

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Empathic Healing in the Age of Trump  

How can we collectively and individually heal during a time in history wherein we are faced with the most concrete demonstrations of human hatred? Why are we seeing this hatred now? Is there a reason?

Check out my website,
www.empathichealingmethod.com

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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.

 

Alex Myles

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Do Empaths Really Exist?

Do Empaths Really Exist? | Empaths | Scoop.it
Many people believe they absorb the emotions of the people they meet. But are they feeling the same thing?
Empathy research divides the phenomenon into three empathic subtypes: emotional, cognitive, and motivational. The idea is that when you see someone else experiencing emotion, you respond in one of three ways: You catch their emotional state yourself (emotional empathy), think about what they’re feeling and why (cognitive empathy), or feel compelled toward some action (motivational empathy, alternately known as compassion or empathic concern).

 

Empaths seem to experience a heightened, perhaps debilitating level of emotional empathy, taking on the pain and joy of other people to excess.


Kastalia Medrano

 

 

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What the heck is an empath?

What the heck is an empath? | Empaths | Scoop.it

But what, exactly, is an empath? The word itself is a recent invention and wandered into general usage not from clinical language, but from science fiction. The earliest instance that the OED cites is in a 1956 short story of the same name, published in New Worlds magazine. In this scenario, an empath is capable not of heightened sensitivity of other's needs, but of outright emotional telepathy.

“How exactly does the government use empaths?” a character asks.

“We can tell the level of a man's loyalty just by meeting him,” the empath explains. “We can walk around a factory and sense there's going to be a strike.”

The word — and the concept of utilitarian empathy — became a genre convention in the following years, but didn't cross the spark gap between genre fiction and general pop culture until it lent its name to a 1968 episode of Star Trek, in which the Enterprise crew meets a woman whose species is capable of absorbing and relieving others' pain. 

 

Sarah Marshall

 

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