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 Pursey

Kirstie Pursey

Kirstie is a freelance writer and blogger with a Diploma in Creative Writing from the Open University. She lives on the outskirts of London with her family of people, dogs and cats. Kirstie is a lover of reading, writing, being in nature, fairy lights, candles, firesides and afternoon tea. She loves to explore new ideas, particularly those related to psychology, spirituality and storytelling.

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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

  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.

  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.

  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?!?

  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.

  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,

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