Do You Own These Incredible Traits? 19 Surprising Secrets Of An Empath

There are many layers and mysteries to an Empath. So much so, much of life is spent uncovering and discovering what being an Empath is all about.

The sooner we discover who we are, and come to understand our incredible traits, the better we can navigate the journey.

Sadly, there are too many who go through life not knowing who they are. Nor realizing some of their quirky ways are actually part and parcel of being Sensitive. And this is why I continue to spread the word about the many ways of an Empath

Here is a list of some of the less discussed behaviours that sets the Empath apart (as well as a few of the better known ones – thrown in for good measure).

1. Possesses Emotional Intelligence

Empaths encompass incredible emotional intelligence, which they use to make careful decisions they hope will bring balance into their life and the lives of others. But as emotional intelligence is a rare gift, in a world ran by logic and rules, it can leave the Empath hurt and vulnerable by those who do not function or think in the same way.

2. Excellent Judge of Character

Sensing all they do about people and life makes the Empath an excellent judge of character. Their first impressions are always correct.

3. Senses Deep Emotional Energy

An Empath senses emotions intensely, both their own and others. But this ability can weaken them, especially when it is emotional pain they feel. This is the opposite of who they know they are. Deep within they recognize they are here to do something special, but are often held back from finding their purpose by the confusion of what they experience emotionally.

4. Endures Empath Overwhelm

It is easy for an Empath to become overwhelmed without necessarily understanding the reason for it. They often look for ways to shelter from this overwhelm in vices such as alcohol or drugs. It may take time for the Empath to discover these substances have the opposite effect and make their pain more intense.

5. Has a Face to Fit the Mood

Empaths can show multiple faces to the world. Dependent on how they feel will determine which face they wear. When happy, they are an absolute joy to be around. When unhappy or overloaded they may appear sulky or dull. If it is not possible for them to withdraw to their private sanctuaries they may become aloof. An Empath needs to disconnect from others to recharge. If they don’t get the respite they need the strain will show on their face.

6. Always Willing to Listen

They are known as life’s listeners, because nothing makes an Empath happier than to listen to other people’s life stories. For most of the time they prefer to listen than to share their own tales; although they can boast of several amazing experiences. They like to be heard, but only share their problems with those who they trust. Most times they won’t relay their emotional woes with friends so as not to burden them.

7. Will Protect their Space

Empaths are open and welcoming to those who emit positive, warm and loving energy and become adept at blocking out those who cause them pain or steal their joy. They come to learn how precious their space is and avoid filling it with anything of a low vibration.

8. Likes to Dream Walk

When in balance, an Empath will recall vivid and mystically moving dreams. They can differentiate between dreams which have meaning and those which are the subconscious’ way of de-cluttering. Empaths like to anyalyse and find hidden messages or meanings within their dreams. It is common, when they are open to it, for them to receive spiritual visitations in their dreams from loved ones.

9. Avoids Conflict 

Empaths are kind, peaceful people who dislike confrontation. It is only when they are defending themselves that a frosty side may be seen. If cross words are expressed in anger it will trouble the Empath for long after they have been said. They would rather avoid conflict and walk away from situations that may cause it.

10. Empaths Don’t Forget

Although forgiving, Empaths do not forget. Any emotional pain caused by others will leave a deep wound that can be reopened by any similar course of action. To protect themselves they may cut people out of their life who have hurt them.

11. Sickened by Cruelty or Violence 

Witnessing acts of cruelty to others, whether human or animal, is unbearable for the Empath. Seeing all the atrocities and violence in the world may stop them from watching the news or reading papers.

12. Synchronicity Surfer

Synchronicities become part of an Empath’s life, although they are often passed off as coincidence. When they learn to identify with them, these occurrences unfold more and more. Differentiating synchronistic events can become a fun pastime and the more open to them one becomes, the more they are recognized.

13. A Product of Childhood

As young children, Empaths are often open and loving. They do not understand cruel behavior, even within other children. But with age, if after suffering vicious treatment or being on the receiving end of angry outbursts, the unaware Empath may find they adopt this same behavior. This is to keep others from hurting them. If an Empath hardens inside, because of pain they have experienced, it will cause great unhappiness.

14. Unwittingly Receives Mental Projections

Knowing whose emotions belong to whom may take time for the Empath to discern, but it can take longer for them to realize whose thoughts belong to whom. They often unknowingly thoughtbomb other people’s mental projections and pick up on their ideas. It takes awareness for them not to jump on board with another’s thoughts or emotions and take them on as their own.

15. Projects Their Thoughts and Feelings on to Others

As well as picking thoughts up, Empaths can project what they think or feel on to others without realizing. They also project thoughts and emotions not belonging to them. Once an Empath notices this trait, they can prevent it from happening.

16. Lack of Confrontation Causes Weakness

Confrontation of their own truth is essential for the Empath’s healing and growth. They understand only too well it is pointless talking to others about their problems unless they speak the truth. If they fear their truths will cause rejection or be used against them, they may suppress them. Not facing their truth, however, causes problems in all areas of life. If they cannot express it verbally, writing it down works equally well. Truth will set the Empath free!

17. Has an Intense Fear of Rejection

Rejection, for an Empath, is not something they can easily brush aside. It wounds them deeply. Rejection is one of the biggest causes of insecurities. It is an inherent trait for them to be protective and faithful to all who they let into their life. To be pushed away by those they trusted, can lead to pain and distrust. The fear of it happening again may lead them to reject others.

18. Empaths Take Things Personally

When hurt they hurt much deeper. Because they have such empathy, often putting the needs of others before their own, they find it difficult to understand those who don’t. In time, the Empath learns that when someone repeatedly hurts them they are only causing themselves pain by keeping the other in their life.

19. Always Find Their Answers

Empaths find the answers to anything they choose in life, if they focus their awareness on the question they want answered. It may not be in an instant but it will come within a matter of hours, days or weeks. The answer is not always direct and may be given through a series of life experiences. Whether they accept the answer they receive is another story.

The above titbits have been lifted from the book ‘7 Secrets of the Sensitive’. A guide written specifically for the Empath to understand who they are and how to harness their hidden power.

With guidance and personal commitment, an Empath can learn to navigate the myriad of emotional debris they face, both their own and that left by others, and have the magical and well-balanced life they deserve.

If you want to learn more about their ways and discover how to harness your Empath power click on the link below.

Uncover the mysteries of Empath life!




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12 thoughts on “Do You Own These Incredible Traits? 19 Surprising Secrets Of An Empath

  1. Diane, I am at a veterinarian ( going on 20 yes) and deal with so many in-depth emotional aspects with my work. Life and death, upset clients and overwhelming emotion. After my shifts of work, I am overwhelmed and can barely function, migraines exhausted go to dark places and cannot be around anyone. Do you recommend anything to help overcome this ?
    Thank you so much

    • Hi Natalie,

      I cannot begin to imagine what you must experience working as a vet and being an Empath.

      Have you read this post:

      There are many suggestions to help the an Empaths life easier.

      Also, have you had food allergy testing? The reason I ask this is because many Sensitive people tend to develop sensitivities to certain foods and toxins in their environment (chemicals in perfumes, air fresheners, cleaners. etc.), which then has a knock-on-effect on how we live as Empaths. (When our body is weakened, the emotional energy of others becomes completely debilitating.)

      The worst food offenders are gluten, dairy and foods high in lectins (nightshades).

      Hope this helps.

      Take care. 🙂

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  4. Lots of head-nodding, and tears of relief. You have described me better than I could have myself. I’ve never been able to explain myself (to my satisfaction) to others close to me. Now, I can say, Read this, please!

    Thank you, Diane. Can’t wait for your book to arrive!


  5. Thanks so much for writing about empaths. It’s so helpful to pull together all the elements in my life into an understandable package. As I continue down The Path I’m really learning how to tone down the unpleasant empath characteristics and develop the beneficial ones. I appreciate everyone who contributes to my education and value knowing I’m not alone in this, at all. I wish you peace, love, laughter, and harmony. ☮ ♡ 😄 ☯

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