There are many layers to being an Empath, and the sooner we discover who we are, and come to understand our incredible traits, the better we can navigate life. However, many Empaths go through life not knowing who they are. Nor realizing some of their quirky ways are actually part and parcel of being Sensitive.
Most already know the usual traits of an Empath, but here is a list of some of the less discussed and recognized behaviours that sets the Empath apart (as well as a few of the better known ones – thrown in for good measure). It is often the case that by simply recognizing certain traits is enough to master them:
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 situations 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 the Empath, 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 will prefer to listen than to share their own tales; although they can boast of several amazing life-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 will 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. Empaths 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 within an Empath. 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
Empaths take things personally. When hurt they hurt much deeper than others. Because they have such empathy for others, 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 them in their life.
19. Always Find Their Answers
Empaths find the answers to anything they chose 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.
7 Secrets of the Sensitive was released on 26th May 2016
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Until next time
©Diane Kathrine at Empaths Empowered
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