6 Types of Empaths: Which One Are You and How to Make the Most of Your Gift?

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Understanding which of the 6 types of empaths you are can help you to make the most of your gift while still taking care of yourself.

Empathy is the gift of being able to put yourselves in someone else’s shoes and feel things as if you were them. However, there are several different types of empaths, each of which has a different set of empathetic abilities.

The 6 main types of empaths are:

1. Emotional Empath

The emotional empath is one of the most common types of empaths. If you are this type, you will easily pick up the emotions of others around you and feel the effects of those emotions as if they were yours. The emotional empath will deeply experience the feelings of others in their own emotional body. For example, an emotional empath can become deeply sad around another individual who is experiencing sadness.

For emotional empaths, it is important to learn to differentiate between your own emotions and those of others. In this way, you can use your ability to help others without becoming drained.

2. Physical/Medical Empath

Those with this type of empathy can pick up on the energy of other people’s bodies. They intuitively know what ails another person. Many people with this type of empathy become healers either in the conventional medical professions or in alternative ones. Physical empaths may ‘feel’ an awareness  in their physical body when treating someone. They may also ‘see’ blockages in a person’s energy field that they sense need treating.

If you are a medical empath, you may pick up on symptoms from others and feel them in your own body. Taking on the physical symptoms of others may lead to health problems. Some people with chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia or autoimmune diseases might find it helps to strengthen their own energetic field so that they can turn this ability off when necessary. Taking some training in a form of healing can also help to hone this ability.

3. Geomantic Empath

Geomantic empathy is sometimes called place or environmental empathy. Those with this ability have a fine attunement to the physical landscape. If you find yourself uncomfortable, or really happy in certain environments or situations, for no apparent reason, you may be a geomantic empath.

If you are a geomantic empath, you will feel a deep connection to certain places. You may be drawn to sacred stones, groves, churches or other places of sacred power. You may also be sensitive to the history of a place and be able to pick up on sadness, fear or joy that have occurred in locations. Place empaths are highly attuned to the natural world and grieve for any damage to it. They watch with horror when trees are cut down or landscapes destroyed.

If you are this type of empath, you will probably need to spend time in nature to recharge. You may also find helping in an environmental project very healing for you. It is also important for you to make your everyday surroundings as harmonious and beautiful as you can. You may feel happier if you fill your house with plants and natural scents. You might also like to choose natural materials such as wood and linen for your clothing and furniture.

4. Plant Empath

If you are a plant empath, you intuitively sense what plants need. You will be green-fingered and have a true gift for placing the right plant in the right place in your garden or home. Many plant empaths choose to work in parks, gardens or wild landscapes where they can put their gifts to good use. In fact, if you have chosen an occupation that involves plants, then you are probably a plant empath. Some people with this gift actually receive guidance from trees or plants directly by hearing it within the mind.

If you are this kind of empath, you will already know that you need a lot of contact with trees and plants. You might like to strengthen this bond by sitting quietly by a special tree or plant and attuning more closely to its needs and guidance.

5. Animal Empath

Many empaths have a strong connection with animals. However, an animal empath will probably devote their lives to working for the care of our animal friends. Those with this gift will know what an animal needs and may be able to telepathically communicate with the creature.

If you are an animal empath, you probably already spend as much time with animals as you can. You may find that studying the biology or psychology of animals helps you to refine your gift. You could also consider training as an animal healer as your special talent can enable you to find out what is wrong with an animal and treat it accordingly.

6. Claircognizant/Intuitive Empath

If you are a claircognizant or intuitive empath, you will pick up information from other people simply by being around them. One glance at someone can give you all kinds of insight into that person. You will immediately know if someone is lying to you because you can sense the intentions behind their words. Those with this gift resonate to others energetic fields and read the energy of others very easily. This is closely related to the telepathic empath who can read another person’s thoughts.

If you have this ability, you need to surround yourself with people who you feel aligned with. With this gift, you may need to strengthen your energetic field so that you are not constantly bombarded with the thoughts and emotions of others.

Being an empath is not easy. You may find it confusing, disorientating and exhausting. However, understanding which of the types of empath you are can help you to use your gifts and abilities to help yourself and those around you.

Sharing our experiences of being an empath can increase our understanding. If you relate to any of these types of empaths, please share your experiences with us.


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Kirstie works as a writer, blogger and storyteller and lives in London with her family of people, dogs and cats. She is a lover of reading, writing, being in nature, fairy lights, candles, firesides and afternoon tea. Kirstie has trouble sitting still which is why she created www.notmeditating.com to share techniques and practices for tuning out the busy mind. She is also the author of Not Meditating: Finding Peace, Love and Happiness Without Sitting Still.

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  1. Samantha Knighting January 22, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I relate to all of these in some way! I’ve been really deep down for a few weeks and that’s when I discovered I’m an Empath! Its hard to understand and accept, but it explains sooooooo much! I’m still in quite a bit of shock and I’m learning more everyday! Its scary, I’m scared. Is it really possible I’m all of them?
    Thanks sooooooo much!

    • kasparov092 February 15, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Just yesterday I have been reading this around as I have been down and I knew its cz of some1 else but then when I searched about it I found that I am an empath… I think I have part of each one of these area, so yes I believe you are all of them in a way or another and I believe one can practice to be better at these things

    • Ash June 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      I am, Sarah.

  2. Amanda January 25, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I also feel like I have many of these abilities but not completely all of 1.

  3. tyler February 1, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I relate closer to an intuitive empath. Someone described it to me as being able to talk directly to a persons spirit. I have a friend who would help me “train” this ability in a way. He claimed to be able to astral project and would give me names of places and creatures he encountered. I’d be able to give a general description of them all. Whether or not he actually projected or not i don’t know haha, but with his help i’ve gotten to about 66% accuracy at “guessing” peoples emotional state of mind. I can speak more on how to develop this particular part of empathy if anyone else is interested 🙂

    • Patty April 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      I would like to know how you do it, please and thank you.. I myself need a teacher.

    • Ash June 21, 2017 at 12:01 am - Reply

      That’s amazing, Tyler!

    • Ana September 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Please read me Tyler..
      Empaths cannot accurately read themselves…

    • Sean September 21, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Please do I can really resonate on an emotional level if I talk to people. But I often find its my head and third eye that really start buzzing plus I’m an overthinker and I have a difficult time centering and grounding myself especially at my job which requires me to help out I get moments of pause or hesitation, and when I look people in the eye it’s hard to focus because I’m a bit paranoid of them thinking I’m weak or an airhead. So please any tips would help greatly!

  4. Amber Shipman February 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Any info you can share would be appreciated Tyler. Most of my life has been spent trying to block it out and be “normal”. I’m not and I am ready to accept that. If anyone has suggestions on my next step in embracing my gifts and learning how to deal with it in a HEALTHY way….would be greatly appreciated.

    • David June 12, 2017 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      If you are in a situation with a person or persons and you find yourself getring anxiety or your mood switching try excusing yourself and go be alone to close your eyes and get YOUR compass back aligned. Aleays remember you can trust your gut it doesnt lie. Embrace your feelings and you will blossom. Indulge. Peek your interests. Test yourself. Good luck

  5. Anna March 15, 2017 at 4:14 am - Reply

    I’ve been told for years by different people, at random, that I am an Empath….I thought they were just telling me I was nice:-/ lol! But after more reading on the topic I’ve discovered so many unanswered questions I’ve had about myself for years. I’ve always thought I just overwhelm easy because I am weak. Just the other day I asked my boyfriend if normal people feel like life should be this hard? It’s not “hard” per se, but sometimes feeling so overwhelmed, like I’m carrying the weight of the world, without being able to differentiate or give reason to many of my emotions (to the point of becoming reclusive for days) can seems to weigh so much on my shoulders that I literally might cave in. But when someone else reaches out I am so quick to offer advice and somehow when said advice is offered and said person accepts it and it helps to make them happy, then in turn I am happy?!….weird. I’m SO weird! Lol! When I see someone cry I can become consumed with their tears and soon their pain has become my own, to the point that I can’t differentiate theirs from my own. In a sense it’s kind of sounds selfish of me, I take their pain and turn it into my own? Does that sound a little selfish to anyone else?!?

    • Cassidy June 18, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      I totally get what you’re saying. It’s like someone is confiding in you and you can’t help but make it into your own situation. You know like that one guy who always has to one up any story you tell him. I’ve struggled for most of my life to learn when it’s appropriate to express empathy, and when I should just nod and listen.

  6. Ryan March 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I definitely feel I am the majority of all as well, I’m trying to understand myself so I can find healing. After loosing my Dad I’m on a quest to find peace.

    • Sean September 21, 2017 at 10:02 am - Reply

      I list my dad 3 years ago and am still struggling but you gotta let yourself feel and be close with loved ones I’ve been resisting alot in my life and it hasn’t helped so don’t run away from grief. Alot of feelings come up even negative ones and it’s very important to feel those.

  7. Nancy Koteski May 10, 2017 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Emotional empath definitely fits. I feel things that go on around me and a very deep level. Even so much as if I see a news story about a child that is sick or has died and my empathy for the parents goes way into hyperdrive.
    Sometimes being in a big crowd is overwhelming simply because of the emotions going on around me. I’ve actually left buildings or public places because I just felt suffocated and that something was very wrong. Only to find out later that a fight broke out or something bad happened.

  8. Christina May 15, 2017 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Hello. I have always as a young child has been able to pick up on peoples emotions. And found myself talking with strangers about their life’s some very personal. I never understood it, but as I got older I felt that there was something different about me I just never quit understood what? Just a few weeks ago I was at a local swimming hole with my family and this older woman and started chit chatting and next thing I know she’s telling me things about her past. Some I would say very personal. She then says (after about an hour of us talking) “WOW I haven’t talked about that to anyone in a very long time. I am sorry to burden you with all that, I don’t know what came over me??” and i could tell by the look in he eyes that she was embarrassed and some what ashamed that she had opened up to me that deeply. I just smiled and told her its fine and believe it or not it happens all the time. Don’t be embarrassed your fine and I smiled and winked at her. She really didn’t say much after that. I just ran across this article on my FB page and I think I might be an emotional empath. If so how do I control it better? I find myself so tired all the time even though I get 9 hours of sleep a night,

  9. Charlotte Christian June 13, 2017 at 1:04 am - Reply

    I’m really confused I fit into all the one of these categories and that’s the first one. So what am I?

  10. Sha July 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I have always been skeptical when it comes to the subject of spirituality, the paranormal or people having extraordinary ‘gifts’. I prefer to seek the ‘scientific’ explanation behind seemingly strange occurrences before I am anywhere near comfortable enough saying “this is extraordinary”. Often I conclude that the most likely explanation is a keen intuition, or simply the brain assigning a feeling to memory or the memory of dream in hindsight of the event. Still, I try keep and open enough mind and when reading the definition under “Geomantic Empath” – I couldn’t help think “THIS IS ME! This is something I could never give a reasonable explanation for.” The house my moved into when I was 17 had a welcoming feeling I couldn’t quite describe. To this day, when I go back to visit my family, the grounds and house itself still welcome me. They have been very happy and very fortunate in this house. Animals come into the garden often and the herbs and vegetables grow well. I had only learned recently that my little sister always had nightmares in a house my family stayed in when we both very young. I never liked that house. Unhappiness seeped from the walls. Our dogs, both healthy and well cared for died soon one after the other. A few years after we moved out, the house burned down. There was a problem with the electrical wiring.

    I cannot claim to know how people feel or what they’re thinking – I can read people pretty well most of the time, but this is because I note of how they talk, how they carry themselves, what they talk about.. I use my own judgement and reasoning to asses people.

    The energy that lingers in my surroundings influence me heavily. So much so that I times I become reclusive. I have been to a club once in my life, it wasn’t even bust\y yet, but I felt invasive feelings of discomfort, fear and confusion. When mentioning this to a friend, she proceeded to tell me stories of people suspecting a bartender of spiking women’s’ drinks.

  11. Roy L. July 15, 2017 at 6:43 am - Reply

    I definitely feel I am the majority of all as well, I’m trying to understand myself so I can find healing. thank you.

  12. Richie July 16, 2017 at 10:03 am - Reply

    As an empath, I feel it and often see it. However, rarely, but I do hear it. It is not about guessing or knowing, the feelings are very strong as if it is my own, often overwhelming.
    For years, I had to shut it off. Simply because the emotions were too much to handle. While I enjoy being to relate and often could help other through this gift, there are simply too many negative people around that abuse me to the extent that I lost my own path.
    Only recently, I come across articles like yours that talk about empaths. No kidding! I am an empath! Wow and….shit!
    Of the six that are mentioned in your above article, I am a strong four. The abilities to work with plants and animal are something that I had tried to “extend” my abilities to, but couldn’t get it to works consistently, maybe only 10% of the time. I could only sense when a plant or animal is happy, sick or sad, but I couldn’t sense how, why, where or how to help them. On top of these, I also have a very strong sense that I could move objects, I could feel these objects entirely(its temperature, weight, shape, surface, etc.), even at a distance, but somehow it wouldn’t work. Hopefully someone can share the skills with me, I know for sure it is learnable and that I am missing certain feeling or focus?
    Now that I have learnt to separate my feeling through “these are not my feelings”, I am starting to turn on my abilities again. Hopefully, this time I can manage my senses better and be able to control my sight and senses when “they are around”.

  13. Dawn shepherd July 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I have always been able to pick up on others emotions.I don’t like being anywhere crowded,I get an overwhelming feeling even around people I know.I get emotional and don’t know why . I never thought of myself as being a empath,just thought I was different then other people.

  14. Lisa Robinson July 17, 2017 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Ve picked up on other people , I can tell if there someone ,esle in a home ,that was there years ago. Me & my daughter have had little friends, when we was kids ,my daughter, went right into how he die ,we did look into it ,and something did happen the way she said ,always been into cards ,or something just thought it was me being bit not right in the head

  15. Carmen July 24, 2017 at 3:41 am - Reply

    I have very strong intuition. If I am talking to a person, I know what they are thinking or are goung to say. It is very hard yo interact eith people because my mind gets distracted with what I sense. It is ver uncomfortable to be in people’s heads. When I don’t trust a person, it never fails. The sad part is not everyone is pure, honest, loving. I feel a lit of inflated egos, selfishness and I get depressed and get disappointed of humanity in general. Is this normal?

  16. Lindsey August 2, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I have always felt like the last one. And someone in my facebook group who is a very skilled empath and did a reading confirmed it. This article is very helpful and very inforative

  17. Shelley August 6, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    People are so gullible and believe everything they are told. How sad.
    An empath is an empath plain and simple! There are no levels, degrees or what have you.
    Just like abuse is abuse. One can label it verbal, physical, sexual, spiritual etc, but abuse is abuse.
    STOP LABELLING EVERYTHING and perpetuating the problems of the people onto other people.
    How are we to ever see the changes this world needs if we keep doing this sort of thing?

    • Angie W. August 13, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      I totally understand what you’re getting at here, but I don’t think of these forms of empathy as labels. Yes, an empath is an empath and abuse is abuse. But to say that verbal abuse is the same as sexual abuse is the same as physical abuse isn’t putting a label on the form of abuse any more than pointing out different abilities an empath may have (or not) should be considered a label. I’ve known that I’m an empath for a very long time, as is my sister and some of my close friends. We all have different talents and levels of skill based on how we use our gift each day (or if we choose to use it at all). In that respect, there are definitely going to be different levels of proficiency in the areas. Sometimes labels are necessary to help people narrow a very broad picture down to something that is more visible and comprehensive, especially if they’re just learning that they are an empath. Personally, I’ve known that I was and emotional/intuitive empath for a couple of decades. Thanks to this article, I now also know that I’m a geomantic empath. I’d just always chalked my sensitivity to my surroundings to my sensitivity to spiritual energy. Like you said, who needs labels? right? Labels aside, my skill level in that area hasn’t changed, I simply understand that part of my gift a little better now.
      On the other hand, while I like animals, I don’t need to be around them and I don’t feel their energy like some empaths might. I certainly don’t have a green thumb (the jungle of weeds in my back yard are proof of that) and while I know my own body well enough to know what’s wrong with my physically, I have no talent for healing like a physical empath would.
      Yes, some people may be gullible and believe anything, but I’m here to tell you that that isn’t always the case. Sometimes knowing what your talents lean toward, especially if someone is just finding out they’re an empath, is helpful as thye begin their journey to find out how to develop, utilize, and find strategies to cope with their specific empath abilities.

  18. Dianne August 15, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    I’m 60 years old and have always known I was an empath, but it had never been a good thing. I was “too sensitive” , couldn’t fit in etc., etc. I’d been clinically depressed since I was a kid (but people didn’t realize kids got depressed at that time). As an adult I finally realized part of my challenge was I’d be “depressed for the world”, there’ve been times I’m sure I was in abject despair for historically traumatic events in the world near anniversaries, (that was a difficult one to identify, but there was no other explanation), I.e. The Holocaust. As I said earlier I’d never heard it identified by others as being an Empath, though I did, and completely alone. So I believe in the last decade or so I have stuffed it down in some ways, but when I can provide healing in some ways. I work with physically and emotionally disabled children in the school system, there are many times I KNOW what a nonverbal child needs but being surrounded by others who “know” through book learning, and their own beliefs it’s very hard to give the healing or meet the needs of the child who I intuitively know what they need. I think we all have experienced people who “know everything” and are “always right” when we actually KNOW on a much deeper level, it can be very painful to witness. And another thing, I’m a terrible “wuss” ( which I’m working on) about these things because it’s hard to prove or advocate for these things I KNOW when there is no tangible proof in the physical rrhelm. Well, thank you for letting me go on, as I said I’ve never known anyone else who could understand these things (of course there’s lots more), and I believe you’ve understood when I’ve said i know it was not in a prideful way but in the intuitive way we all understand

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