What is an Empath and How to Find out if You Are One

///What is an Empath and How to Find out if You Are One

what is an empath

What is an empath? This article will shed light on energy sensitive empaths and will help you find out if you are one of them.

All of us, at some point in our lives, come to a stage where we finally grasp a full understanding of what kind of personality and special abilities we have. Some of us realise sooner, while others take a little more time. Either way, learning about your emotional and psychological strengths is essential to not only enhance your own life experience, but also others’.

Many of us upon ‘waking up’ learn that we have an innate ability to understand and fully appreciate the mentality and emotions of other people. Of course, this specialty comes with the added perks of possessing high intelligence and naturally being a wonderful help for others. This is what being an empath means – however, it’s not all rosy; empaths carry a very heavy emotional burden because of how many feelings they take on.

Most of us, if not all of us, always take full responsibility for our feelings and emotions; we understandably think that it comes directly from inside us. So what does it mean to be sensitive to energy? Few know of this concept; that is, our thoughts and emotions can actually be born as a result of the people around us and closest to us.

Here are 8 characteristics that can help you identify an energy sensitive empath.

1. You are ‘too’ sensitive

People always tell you that you are too sensitive. You tend to feel a lot more than those around you and those feelings can overwhelm you, leaving you feeling alone.

2. You can’t watch violent films or TV

Even though it’s fake, you still can’t bear to watch any violence. You start putting yourself in the character’s shoes and it can be too overwhelming to bear. You feel the exact emotions that would be felt in that situation and end up in an emotional mess.

3. You can’t handle crowds

Being around too many people results in too much transfer of energy. This can be dangerously overwhelming for an empath, as it completely wears them out and makes them feel exhausted. Because of this, empaths usually try to avoid large gatherings and prefer smaller groups.

4. You are hypersensitive to energy

So much so that you can even feel someone’s emotions when they are not physically present with you. You are able to pick up emotions easily and may need to ask yourself who they belong to – are they yours or someone else’s? When these energy fields get mixed it can be difficult to distinguish at first, but getting into this habit can save you a lot of hurt and suffering.

5. You always spot a lie

Because energy fields are your forte, if there is even a small shift in energy you immediately pick up on it. When someone lies, not only does their energy field change but so does their body language. You are a master at both, so lie detecting is almost like child’s play to you.

6. You are hypersensitive

Not to be confused with point number one – you are literally hypersensitive when it comes to your senses. Bright lights, smells, touches or sounds are overwhelming. It could be said that you are sensitive to all kinds of energy, not just emotional or psychological energy.

7. You have very strong intuition

You just know things. Without any evidence or proof, before any solid facts are given, you can just tell. A common example of your well-developed intuition is knowing someone is bad news just by looking at them. It’s all part of being sensitive to energy; you can read situations very well.

8. You instinctively avoid energy suckers

You are great at denying any relationships or people that could drain your energy. Your past experiences, plus your intuitive nature have taught you well enough how to detect any of these dangers from a fair distance. You have enough on your plate with everyone’s emotions and energies that you are already carrying – the last thing you need is any more emotional burden.

Are there any you can relate to? Let us know what you think in the comment box below!


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By |2017-09-10T16:45:27+00:00July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Empath and HSP, Personality|Tags: , , , |16 Comments

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Mariya is a freelance writer with a double honors degree in Computer Science and Multimedia. She has a keen interest in a wide variety of subjects, ranging from self-development, conspiracy theories, meditation, the power of the subconscious mind and the law of attraction. She loves not only helping others but also learning from different life experiences and is in constant pursuit of knowledge of any kind.


  1. Kristen Pease July 22, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    All the above:)))

    • Carolyn August 9, 2016 at 2:30 am - Reply

      Also, sensitive to animals. I can’t watch a commercial for ASPCA. Also, went to see Tarzan recently. I kept my fingers in my ears and eyes closed mostly. Even though I kept telling myself it was only a movie, the cruelty, violence and harm done to animals was unbearable to me.

  2. Laura July 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    All of the above as well. Way too accurate.

  3. Jocelyn July 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Finally something in print that validates me. Thank you!

  4. LINDA Chaparro July 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    This is my everyday life

  5. gary lopez-watts July 22, 2016 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    my understanding of reality began with my college disproof of matter. in the decade following, it came to be a disproof of space + time as well. physical sensation is the result of an energetic vibration wisely referred to as the ultimate + absolute, hence our sole existence. the illusion of matter + consequent separation is a result of this energy’s organization, which is (and yet becoming) optimal. it is the equivalent of numerous microcosms of matter struggling to organize themselves into one, hence our taste for organization + cleanliness, or the strong appeal of love. we are not fond of antagonistic forces or loneliness, and as the ultimate, are consequently subjected to an utter loneliness, which offers an explanation for our existence as the ultimate’s imaginations. in constant evolution we are, on our way to an eternal paradise of optimal organization. instantaneous, yet eternal, experiencing the hell we subject ourself to (carnivorism + factory farms are prime examples) as translated into the fear of a nightmare.

  6. Pam July 23, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    I have every single one of those issues. I am 62 now and have lived with this my entire life. I have endured a lot of pain and suffer untold quilt as a result. I suffered from extreme anxiety and panic attacks because I was so sensitive. I realize now that it was something that I couldn’t control.

  7. Nancy M July 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    All of them fit me. It can be overwhelming at times. I moved to the country to ease some of the assault on my senses. I shop early in the morning when stores are nearly empty, for me crowd is more than 3 people. Even then the energy in the room can be brutal. I don’t watch scary or violent shows – in fact I shut off my TV completely – most people do not understand that the brain will not separate fact and fantasy. With the current level of animation and CG it is real.
    However, for all the negative things I try to use this sensitivity in positive ways to uplift others and heal.

  8. Thea Dunlap July 27, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Well I don’t consider myself an Empath after reading this post. Since I can tolerate violent films and sometimes horror. But I can be empathic too sometimes, experience a few in my day to day life.

  9. anbreen September 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I can relate and it is seriously not at all good to be an empath 😓

  10. Heather September 20, 2016 at 2:39 am - Reply

    I totally get it. Everything on the lists. II’m a mother and I will not take my son to crowded events but I can handle them fairly well as long as I’m alone and can movet o different areas freely.
    Shopping in crowded places I shut down and look at no one if I can help it. Occasionally, I feel that people are drawn into my space and unconsciously follow me around as well as try to interrupt any connection with another person that might come in to existence.
    My son and husband also do this on occasion but I point it out to them and it usually helps.
    There’s much more to describe. I never knew what being an empath meant but I’ve heard people describe themselves as being one. I just assumed it was similar to claiming to be psychic and I’ve met a lot of those who are not what they say.
    I’d like to know more about the title empath and what to do about the energy draining feeling. Especially since I participate in public speaking and have classes.

  11. Pulak Prakriti February 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I think you forgot to mention one thing about energy, its maintenance. There is a need of constant meditation to maintain our energy balance and connection with energy of universe,the time and the absorption of some energy for emergency power up. And energy change of other people,or feeling presence of people irritates. Learning martial arts improves intuitive power,physical and psychic balance. But I didn’t get a chance to learn things other than meditation!

  12. Debbie Hampton April 4, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    All of the above

  13. s.stone November 17, 2017 at 12:37 am - Reply

    I can totally relate to all of these 🙂

  14. Lucille December 17, 2017 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Hi I am all of the above. This article was super helpful to me and why I am so sensitive to energy of all kinds!! Thank you!!🤗🤗

  15. Sam July 5, 2018 at 2:33 am - Reply

    This sums up me as a person, I always thought that I was different from other people and felt that no one understands how much stress and pressure I feel from other people. I constantly feel that being around too many people can make me feel overwhelmed and I prefer being on my own as I feel so much more calm. And I notice I can always sense when someone is being fake and pretending to being something they are not.

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