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. Kine October 31, 2017 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Whoa, Sean, good thing you unloaded here then. Beware of bitterness – it can also make you sick I am afraid. If it is of any comfort I spend most of my time alone, can’t be around TV’s or wi-fi (easier now after a discovered a trick with that), shrill voices, lying people etc, etc.

    I recently learned a smart technique that is called EMO or previously EMO-Trance. It is very simple and what you do is the opposite of what is your instinct. Our pain comes mostly from trying to block out emotions – they clog up in our bodies. If we let the energies, emotions, things we dislike, run into us instead and think of them only as energy, they can start to run through our bodies and find their specific ways out, for instance running down and out of a leg or up and out of the top of our heads. it’s a bit tricky to start with, especially if you have been traumatized as I have, but those who do this claim that after a relatively short time, the energy runs of itself, and it actually starts to feel good and energizing, even if it is a so called negative energy/emotion like anger or fear. I have read about South American shamanic traditions like the Incas, where this is/was a normal way of meeting life. I think it is a brilliant idea. And when you get good at it, you can actually thrive on any energy. On top of that, you get a lot of information as a bonus. You can do it on the sunrise, the ocean, a crowd of people, a harsh environment – anything. There is also a phenomenon called shields that most, probably all people create (especially abuse victims), that is put up to numb/protect us from certain info or energies or stuff we feel threatened by. Trouble is, they shut good stuff out as well like love. Shields is also dealt with using EMO.

    I have tried for years to block both my own and other peoples emotions and the result was adrenal gland cancer. Don’t do that. Do emo instead. Or invent some other smart method. I have found/made many life hacks to survive – some are really a great relief like knowing how to alter radiation fields/levels around high voltage lines or wifi for instance. I change every store and supermarket I visit so I am able to think clearly when I am there – peoples stuff comes on top as you know. I actually see the radiation as a grey, dense fog. Wireless is a crappy invention because the inventor was obviously not an empath and forgot to ask how this tech would affect living organisms. There you have another way to use your gift – to create inventions that does not harm ANYTHING it comes into contact with. I also have to do space clearing wherever I am to be able to thrive and not get sick, drained, depressed etc.

    You say these abilities are useless – I disagree. If you chose to do what inspires you, you can use them there. You can heal, be a shrink, work with animals or disabled who cannot communicate verbally – anything where these superpowers can be utilized. The sky is the limit. As well as negativity that becomes a habit. Explore, enjoy, make life an adventure. Be the most brilliant you!

    I wish you all the best!

  2. Kim November 1, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I’ve always struggled to explain to people that I physically feel the emotions of, well, everything. People, animals, even nature. People don’t understand, they look at you like you have three heads or think you’re lying. It was difficult dealing with this when I was a kid. I’ve never heard of an empath until today, but I’ve been this way since I was a child. My grandmother had to carry me out of the theater after seeing E.T. when I was three and a half years old because I was crying so hard. She said parents and other kids were looking at me strangely. I still can’t watch that movie. I’ve only seen it twice in my life and both times, I cried for hours after. I thought I could handle it the second time when I was 27, but I couldn’t. I don’t go see certain movies anymore in public because I don’t want people to witness me going through this emotional rollercoaster. I wait for the dvd. Some movies I refuse to watch. I’ve never seen or read Marley and Me. I know what it will do to me. 8 Below tore me to pieces for days after. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Animals get to me worse than people. They are truly innocent and can’t help what goes on around and to them. I can’t watch the ASPCA commercials. It causes so much pain and hurt, and then really intense anger. It makes me want to cause the same pain to the people who hurt the animals. I struggle with it badly.

  3. Melody November 21, 2017 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Being an Empath isn’t easy, especially when influenced by everything or everyone around you. When overwhelmed, YOU MUST GROUND YOURSELF OFTEN!
    Knowledge is Power, learn about your gift and practice protecting yourself from negative influences. The Earth is a grounder that can help revitalize your spirit, absorbing the negativity and in exchange releasing positive in return. A quick and wonderful way to dissolve stress and empathic pains is to immerse yourself in water. (Epsom salt baths are divine and also provide magnesium, which is calming.)
    I work with the public daily and can still be overwhelmed at times, finding a quiet place full of trees makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I guess I’m truly a “Tree Hugger” 🙂
    Please never be afraid or ashamed of being an Empath. We bring harmony to the chaos around us.
    Blessings to All

  4. Kjay November 23, 2017 at 7:24 am - Reply

    So, for years I have been wondering how I know things about people without any explanation. In recent years, this has gotten a whole lot worse, it’s to the point now that can walk into a room and know info about someone before they even speak. This has def gain an understand that I am claircognizant. I also have foreboding dreams that always come to pass. I wonder what this could be….

  5. Emily November 27, 2017 at 5:14 am - Reply

    Does anyone else experience vivid dreams that create de javu

  6. BusyB February 1, 2018 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    I recently discovered that feeling others emotions meant I was an empath. It sounds craze to the next person who feels nothing. There’s beauty in this, I know there are moments where we are overwhelmed and can barely breath but I can’t imagine not feeling/knowing. I use the emo method quiet frequently, I know I absorb pain and alot of negativity but im not sure where it goes. I assume I act as a conductor-energy is transferred, never destroyed. I see people as energy-sad but true, I barely notice physically attributes. Everyone is a colour or mix of it.

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