Why the Unusual Empath Reaction to Inauthenticity?


Empaths have a strong sense of integrity. They know they shouldn’t lie for personal gain, or to manipulate others, and although they strive towards living their truth, it is difficult to do when the world is filled with such dishonesty and corruption.

We are living in a time where silver-tongued fraudsters, who spin twisted webs of deceit, are rewarded for their outspoken dishonesty, and those who speak their truth often get attacked. And because of this, many end up living in a state of cognitive dissonance.

cognitive dissonance meaning

Whilst the world is awash with such hyped propaganda and disinformation, something will always feel off to the Empath. Continuous lies causes conflict and chaos within the Empath psyche, and the current global deceptions is a reason many are struggling to accept, or find, their roles in life.

But it’s not just living under a disingenuous, power-corrupt establishment that creates imbalance within the Empath, simply being in the presence of inauthenticity throws them into disarray

When in the company of those whose words don’t match their vibrational energy, the Empath brain tends to scramble. So much so, they struggle to form a coherent sentence when in their presence.

This mind-numbing effect is caused by the ‘Empathic antenna’ sensing all is not what it seems. It is detecting a person not showing the true reflection of who they are.

In most cases, when someone creates a fake persona, it is a way to hide a side they believe will be rejected. Every human wants to feel special and loved. And if someone feels unworthy, they may create a fake side they hope will be accepted.

But inauthenticity breeds and feeds. And an initial quest to ‘fit in’ can escalate, over time, into a darker manipulative personality.



When an Empath encounters inauthentic people they may, initially, assume it is their own insecurities creating the unusual ‘freeze effect’ they experience. But what is really happening is a brain scramble caused by contradictory energy.

Brain scramble may cause: confusion, stumbling over words, memory and thought process being unpleasantly affected, nervousness, and anxiety.

I believe this ‘brain scrambling’ is a form of protection. The brain is alerting us to an inconsistency, or contradiction, within the energy connection. We don’t always know the nature of the contradiction but just that something is off (it is up to us to decipher our reactions).

Anyone who is not emanating truthful vibes will put an Empath

on high alert!


I believe these current times are all about finding and living our truth. Lies are being exposed because it is time for everyone to start living authentically (Sadly, this will probably take some time).

During this period, whilst the world is in such upheaval, many have found staying away from people and hiding out in their sanctuaries allows for freedom and authenticity. When they spend time alone, or with their nearest and dearest, the Empath gets to be their true authentic selves.

Spending time alone is essential for growth. When away from the noise of negativity and distraction, you get to find yourself and evolve as an Empath.

  Discomfort serves a purpose; without it we would not pursue progression.

So, to close, although it may cause discomfort and frustration, the inauthenticity sensed in others can serve the Empath in many ways. The following post will offer more insight:  Why Empaths Freeze Around Inauthentic People.

It may be hard to comprehend, but trust all you experience, as an Empath, is pushing you in the direction of something magical, and keep following those stepping stones.

Sending you warm winter wishes.


Until next time.


©Diane Kathrine







24 thoughts on “Why the Unusual Empath Reaction to Inauthenticity?

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  3. I only read this a couple of days ago. Can this brain scramble also happen when reading? I find it happens reasonably often, so started reading out loud to help my focus & slow down, but that doesn’t help all of the time. Thanks

    • Hi Wotzina,

      Do you mean in regards to reading inauthentic material? And the answer to that would be yes.

      But I have also found that when reading information that is not relevant for me I get a type of brain scramble, where I can’t digest the words on the page. This even happens when reading material by some prolific writers. Or I have had books which I knew contained important stuff but I couldn’t read them. And this was because I wasn’t ready for the knowledge at that time. I have gone back to the books years later and found that I read them with ease.

      Hope this helps answer your question. 🙂

  4. Wow- the brainy buzz is something I just wrote about – I totally experience what you describe and it has really held me back until recently. Glad I found your blog!

      • Diane..any chance you could write something on spirit attachments/possessions. is it real, are empaths more susceptible, protection/removal etc. Thanks!

      • Hi Ronda,

        Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been on holiday for the past 2 weeks.

        I don’t have any experience with spirit attachments/possessions, so cannot speak about if from a first-hand involvement, but I would say they are entirely possible. And yes, the out-of-balance, unknowing, Empath could be more at risk of picking up this wayward energy. Especially if one is more open to connection with spirit, whilst having a damaged or permeable energy-field.

        Not being experienced in this area, I am not the one to offer advice on how to clear spiritual energy – a gifted psychic-medium would be the one to consult – but keeping a healthy mind, body and spirit is the best protection against such things… as well as not dabbling with drugs or mind-altering substances, which tend to weaken the aura (the invisible energy field that surrounds us).

        Hope this helps.

        Happy New Year. 🙂

  5. Thank you so much, Diane! I was having a severe bout of ‘what the hell is going on?’ today and it is so comforting to hear your words and know that you and so many others are going through the same pain. Your reminder at the end that this is not an arbitrary punishment but rather a push towards greater awareness was so timely and feels like a divine gift. Much love, Sean

  6. I have felt like going into hibernation since All Hallow’s Eve. The inauthenticity of the whole “holiday season” wears on my senses and makes me want to get warm and cozy away from the outside world. More and more I feel the longing to step into the world of light and healing, where I can live authentically and not hide the fact that I am an Empath/Sensitive. I have recently mended my relationships with my adult children, and know that I risk losing that connection if I “came out” as my authentic self. There is something wondrous and magical coming, and we need to be healthy, strong, and able to process, protect, and rid ourselves of negative energy; no matter where it comes from. Be blessed, Dianna

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