Signs That You’re An Empath

What’s an empath?

In short, an empath is someone who feels what other people are feeling.  This doesn’t mean you can get an idea for how other people feel just some of the time.  Being an empath means you were born with the ability to enter someone else’s aura and explore another person’s feelings and experience of life, on an intimate level. Much of the time this is done unconsciously. On the upside, you know what it feels like to be another person, so you’re often great at relating to others. Empathy is also a psychic gift and you can use it to read other people.

On the downside…well, there are lots of downsides until you learn to get empathy under control.  One of them is that you are like a sponge (who is often wet and full of other peoples’ emotions – the conscious one and the unconscious ones.) 

It gets tiring.  That’s why I wrote this article.  Plenty of people are empaths without knowing it.  When that is the case for you, you always have the feeling that you’re ‘weird’ – that you have sensitivity issues that other people don’t have.  But you’re not always sure what they are. Let’s see if you can relate to the following…

Signs that you’re an ‘unskilled’ empath include:

  • Feeling the world’s suffering on a large scale and wishing you could do something to help. Ironically, this makes you less equipped to help, because you feel overwhelmed.
  • Finding it difficult to watch the news or distressing images because you feel the pain of the person/people you’re watching – as if you’re them
  • Finding it difficult to fully be present to yourself and your own feelings when conversing with other people. This is because you’re busy exploring their aura and responses to life – not your own.
  • Shyness – empathy can make you somewhat self-conscious as you’re very aware of the effect your words have on another person and what they’re thinking and feeling in response.
  • A tendency to say yes to the requests and demands of other people – almost as a reflex; without thinking about whether you actually want to. When you’re so immersed in another person’s experience of life and what they need – how can you say no? It’s only afterwards that you realize you forgot yourself and your own needs.
  • A general tendency to put your needs last, or serve others at your own expense.
  • A liking for distance in relationships, and for solitude.  This occurs because as an empath, intimacy and closeness is your default.  But when you don’t know how to stop yourself from exploring other peoples’ auras, you need some space on your own, where you aren’t around other people.
  • Feeling an affinity with the animal kingdom.  When you’re an animal empath, you can get a feel for how other species experience life and you are able to relate to animals on a deep level.  Some people are plant empaths, so the same is possible for plants.
  • Feeling responsible for how other people feel – and going out of your way to help them to feel better (even when it doesn’t serve you.)  After all – you feel their emotions so keenly.
  • A tendency to let relationships and friendships get too heavy (and too close) – too fast.
  • A strange tendency to feel aches and pains, but only around certain people.
  • Finding yourself often in a counselling role, where people dump their emotions on you, and being very drained by it.
  • An emotional over-identification with characters in novels, films and plays. It doesn’t matter that they’re not real – you can still feel how they felt.
  • A tendency to forget to have fun and lighten up.

Empaths are usually deeply spiritual people, simply because the gift of empathy allows you to experience oneness. This in turn gives you an expanded perspective on other people and on life.

If you related to many of the above signs, then did you know you can control whose emotions you feel and explore? Instead of automatically exploring the aura of most of the people you meet, you can turn your empathy on only when you need it. That makes life a lot lighter.

You might like to read my other articles on turning empathy off:

Is Overactive Empathy Ruining Your Life?

How to Turn off Overactive Empathy

3 Quick Ways to Get Control of Overactive Empathy

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83 Responses to “Signs That You’re An Empath”

  1. Peter says:

    Yes, oh my, I can relate to the symptoms. :D

    I noticed it especially when I was watching TV, and there was a scene where someone did embarrassing things. I had to turn the TV off or had to switch channels, because it was too much for me.

    Now, that was some time ago, and I’m in the process of turning my empathy off, unless I need it.

    Feels much better. I can be myself again. :)

  2. Kate says:

    yep, I relate to all of them. Something I hadn’t thought of was the books and films. I end up bereft after finishing a good movie or book and having it end because Im so in it.

  3. David says:

    Second the movies and books. Never thought about that either, but I tend to get sucked in to the point of the fiction taking over reality. In part as a way to escape I think.

    I can also relate to the shyness and not being present to my own reality. My main concern though seems to be to not hurt other people, to the point of rather hurting myself than others, of course especially those I feel more strongly for.

    Also it reflects in my body as slumped posture, not opening up my chest and heart. In a sense denying myself, as a way, I think, to avoid feelings because my sensitivity makes them too strong.

    Funny how these things play out on so many levels. And also how changes on one level affects the others. For example how working on your posture and body-sensing affects the feeling of self-worth and groundedness in your own reality, or vice versa.

  4. Kara says:

    Very interesting…I think I was a hugely open empath for my entire childhood. I was mostly in emotional pain all the time, particularly around wounded animals. I think that I was so much like an open wound(ing) that I was forced to shut it down to a large extent. On the other hand, I think I also learned healthier boundaries and coping mechanisms as I matured into an adult.

    Also makes me wonder if it is possible for me to re-open it more to be more intuitive. I’m guessing I already have, only I can now do it more selectively, in a healthier way.

    Are most empaths somewhat overweight? Just wondering if the weight helps an empath “feel” less….

    Kara

  5. Kara says:

    Oh yes, and also still as a adult with the movies/novels, like everyone else here…

    I’m now off to tell my husband that I’m not just overly sensitive (“But honey, it’s only a movie, it’s not real….”, but that I’m an official EMPATH.

    :)

    Kara

  6. David says:

    Kara, overeating sounds like one way (among others) of dealing with it – literally pushing down emotions and adding insulation. The only person who can really tell if that is your case, however, is you.

  7. Anna says:

    Funny how you guys really feel fictional emotion too, like in films and books. I only noticed this recently with myself.

    Hi Kara,

    The weight issue might be to protect oneself from others’ emotions or it could be for grounding too. I have heard that people who don’t like to be in the lower chakras often bring their weight into the lower body for that reason.

  8. Jen says:

    I can really relate to this too Anna. I feel like much of my lifes lessons are around setting boundaries and taking care of my own feelings as well as other peoples. I’m getting better at doing that with age! :)

  9. Syl says:

    I totally agree! Setting boundaries is a must for an empath too. It’s hard but it’s also a real relief :)

  10. Catriona says:

    And me too!

    I think I was like this as a child and young adult. I am fairly extrovert in manner, but would hide myself away whenever I had the tiniest hint of negativity from my friends, interpreting this always as being down to me. Quite a few of my friends have suggested over the years that I’m over-sensitive. With time I decided that I’m just more aware of certain vibes and emotions in other people (and that I’m not making it up!), but that I don’t need always to dive in there and try to find the reason in my head – it’s okay to observe and take practical steps to help if that’s necessary. It’s weird now to be walking down the street and see people suffering, but not to dive in there and try to feel what they’re feeling, but really, what was the point if I wasn’t actually able to do anything practical to help them?

    For quite a long period later on I was so caught up with work and stress and my own thoughts that this was a barrier to excessive empathy. When I came out of that stage, I suddenly seemed to have become even more sensitive overnight – I’d walk past someone in the street and be overwhelmed by their sorrow or negativity – not good. Since then I’ve read Anna’s articles on the subject (thanks Anna!) and taken her recommendation to read the Rose Rosetree book, which I have found exceptionally helpful – a quiet revolution for me!

    xxx

  11. Lindsay says:

    I blogged about this exact same subject the other day. I am an empath and it wasn’t until very recently that I knew there was a name for it. Before that, I was just used to people telling me I am “too sensitive”. Bah!

    Thanks for spreading the word. :)

  12. Ronni Hall says:

    For years I was an unskilled empath. I remember as a teen having panic attacks in malls way before I knew what I was doing.
    Today, I find that I don’t necessarily turn it off as I narrow my focus. That seriously works as does much stronger walls. Thanks!

  13. Jessie says:

    I just recently realized, at age 30, that I am an empath. Every point of distinction that you raised is a hit with me, to the point that I hardly have any friends and barely leave my house. The childhood shyness – I alienated even my family. Movies, books, people, plant and animals – I cannot control my sympathetic emotions even now. I’m so glad to know that I’m not just overly “sensitive” or whatever…

  14. sarah says:

    i related to every one of those symptoms im 17 and i have always had panic attacks and big headaches and been over emotional in crowds and im shy always the last to speak my mind i rather be at home alone reading a book or watching anime i find myself getting so caught up in it though its hard to put a line between real life and fiction my friends always tell me im over sensitive and that im only reading a book watching a movie animne ect. so theres no reason to get so emotional i find it hard to stop my self from doing that though…

  15. Ashley says:

    Wow it’s nice to see that there are people like me. Also the name helps. I usually call myself an emotional reader/feeler. I’m very good at controling it but aprox an hour ago I had a traumatic experiance. Excuse my spelling I’m still shcaking. I went outside on my ranch to get my cat and I heard a strange noise. Sounded like one of the cows was stuck in something. I treked out to the pasture to investigate. One of the baby calves (Not much baby more like teens now) was I don’t know. Just standing there staring at the wall of the barn wasn’t injured or hurt but I could feel Panic, Feer, Pain the poor dear even charged toward me when I tried to sooth it with my voice. It was so horrible I don’t even know what’s wrong with it. It looked fine but I know. I know something terrible happened to that calf. I can still feel it. The calf followed me all the way to the gate I can feel the…. ache in my chest still. I’m totally freaked out. I’ve never had an incounter that strong before. Most of mine have been more of knowledge of what’s wrong with an animal or person. This I could feel that animals fear. I’ve tried tuning it out I’m not inexperienced but there something wrong I can’t. My adreniline is in high gear, My heart feels like it’s racing but it isn’t I’ve checked my blood pressure already. I need help with this one I can’t get these feelings to stop. I don’t know how soon someone will respond but I could use the help of someone older and more knowledgable.
    Ashley

  16. Anna says:

    Ashley, I’m sure that animals feel a lot more primal fear than we humans do. Perhaps nothing bad had happened to the animals but it got freaked out? And you as an animal empath felt that.

  17. France says:

    Oh Gosh, thanks for this I was never sure about whether I was an empath. I do know the two people I spend the most time with seem to drain me. I cannot feel totally relaxed until I am alone. I tense up when I know I have to deal with either one of them because to be honest I have to be mentally prepared. If they surprise me I tune out because they tend to bring drama to my environment. I hope that makes sense. It’s like I love people but not when they get too close. I always feel judged by the majority of people because my personality is more young or almost naive. I have always been that way its just me and most do not accept that. I adore animals though I have not yet had a real chance to have one with me. For many years I felt afraid of them but once I realized why they were drawn to me I discovered a new love for them. The exceptions are spiders I can’t get over them wanting my attention YUCK.
    Thanks.

  18. Soos says:

    I am astonished and have almost had an epiphany over this newsletter! I spend too much time pushing others to do the things they dream about that I don’t have anymore energy left to make my own dreams a reality. I think I have been searching for similar types of people my whole life and have always ended up at the brink of a nervous breakdown because other people can be so cruel, just because you want to please. Over the years I have built a hard resistance to people who don’t understand me and try to destroy me and this comes across as being over confident and “hard” when quite the opposite is the case. I share the emotions of people who are suffering, I can relate to all aspects of human behaviour except for cruelty and feel what the victim is feeling. I cry if I see an animal dead in the road I feel as though I am all alone in my feelings and that if I share them (as I sometimes do when I think I can trust someone) I find that I am ridiculed and treated as a bit of an office joke! I often try to seek solitude because I offer so much of myself I don’t have anything left for me and that leaves me weak and at risk. Although there seem to be rather a lot of people who are also Empaths and Sensitives, they don’t seem to be plentiful in my life and I feel quite alone at times although I have people around me. I now think I may have given you all the wrong impression of me. You would never know, to look at me and to talk to me, that I have any issues at all – I feel it would be great to be able to speak to others who feel the same way and have to act the same way to fit in.

  19. sarah(kitsune) says:

    My mom has been worried over me i can feel it when i asked why she said she is afraid i wont ever be able to get through school or get a job i just cant be near people its to many emotions flowing through me i dont know what to do though i need to get through school somehow the one year i got so over whelmed with others emotions that i fainted and hit my head off of the wall!!! i was told to stay out of school until i didnt faint i ended up missing the rest of the year and failing and sometimes it still happens now how am i going to get through school? not to mention relationships when im in them how do i know i love the person if i only feel love because they love me? i dont know im just very confused even being around my animals i get emotions i can tell arent mine! what do i do?

  20. Jessie says:

    Soos,
    I feel like you and I can identify with eachother, each being from a professional background and having similar experiences and reactions to them.
    Sarah(Kitsune),
    I think that I can help you get to a point where you can function better in life.
    I wouldn’t mind if you two would email me, for mutual support.

    (Edited by Anna – Jessie I have taken off your email address. When you publish an email address on the internet you get bombarded by spam messages. Soos if you want to get in touch with Jessie, contact me via the contact form and I will pass it on to you.)

  21. Ashley says:

    Thanks I never thought of that! People lost that Primal feeling ages ago. I guess I’ve never experianced such intense fear before.

    @ Kitsune I had trouble in middle school for a while. But I was watching this tv show sorry I can’t remember what it was called, but it was a Scienze fiction type show. One of the characters I’d say was an Empath definitely and she described in an episode how one moment she could seem so wrapped in another persons emotions and the next not be conflicted with them. She used the words “Turning it off or on like a light switch.” I like that cause I started to imagine that if I didn’t want to feel someone elses feelings that I could turn off the light switch. But sometimes I like to have it on too because well I like being able to help others or even if I’m just enjoying a show or some music. I wasn’t able to turn off my switch right away I had to do a lot of meditating in order to figure it out. Sometimes I can’t even turn it off (like my primal fear experiance) But after a while it get’s easier to flick that emotional switch.

  22. sarah(kitsune) says:

    thank you all for replying im really sad right now though i feel as if i just died but yet im still living my one year old puppy just died in my moms arm and all i can feel is pain and i cant stop crying its not fair he died in pain and he was to young to die… i knew he was sick but we have no money my mom was just fired the vet told us to come in on monday he didnt think it was serious minutes later he was gone from me …

  23. Annie says:

    Thank you, Anna! I am definitely an unskilled empath! I have stopped reading true sad stories books long time ago because after each book, I get really sad for days into weeks. Fictional books have started to affect me in recent years and I have totally stopped reading sad endings altogether! I also have to switch channels or run away from TV when someone is about to get caught or did something embarassing!
    Now I am beginning to understand myself more clearly…a very overwhelmed individual is a truly an unskilled empath! Thank you for helping people like us who doesn’t know how to turn off this overwhelming feeling! God Bless You!

  24. Anna says:

    Hi Annie,

    Welcome to the blog! Glad to hear that you’ve solved your puzzle and realized you’re an empath (and not just overwhelmed!)

  25. Debbie says:

    Great information!!! thanks

  26. Diana says:

    I used to joke about having empathy as a psychic ability when I was younger, but I actually do experience every single one of those ‘symptoms.’ It’s so draining! Thank you for posting this. I’m glad I found this article–hopefully I can try to work on closing myself up so that I become less miserable when I read the news!

  27. Lola says:

    Anna,

    Is it possible to turn empathy off during sleep? Sometimes I wake up exhausted with people’s energy, even though I only dreamed about them.

  28. Deanna says:

    I remember telling my best friend that i feel like when we are talking that i know what she is feeling or what she is meaning to express.Sometimes it’s so strong that i can’t wait for her to verbalize it herself , and i feel the need to blurt it out to save time lol!I get too far ahead in the conversation and emotion that sometimes i say too much in effort to help & council . The boundaries of my personal thoughts & how she feels get mixed up. This happens with everyone. everything on the list resinates with me .I’m not sure about feeling aches and pains when others are around ( i have a little arthritis LOL)!

  29. Susan says:

    Anna, thank you so much for your website. I am finding it a wonderful source of information and more. (Love the psychic exercises with the photos!!)

    I am new to the psychic world, but am exploring it after having been told that I am clairsentient. This article rang very familiar for me, especially when I was young. Having learned a little bit about psychic protection, now, when I have a physical pain in my gut (where I feel just about everything), I take measures to brush off other people’s negative energy from myself. Quite often, I am finding the pain goes away in a minute or two.

    Looking forward to developing and learning more about my own intuition; and energetic healing.

  30. Anna says:

    Welcome Susan! Glad you are enjoying the blog :)

  31. Nicole says:

    So ever since i was little ive always been sensitive to things one of my earliest memories are asking my mom who was a gut in the doorway only no one was there we still about it and when my grandpa was sick well i knew it was more the a cough the thing about books i often find myself isolating myself from the world and use them as an escape and after i feel this emotional connection to the characters in the book i also drain myself when i comes to friends emotions and i never have to hear that somethings wrong to know there is i cry during commercials about poeple that are hurt or homeless or sick and i broke down crying at the commercials were they show hurt animals the only time that i feel i can truly relax is when everyone in the house is asleep because for the most part things are come i dont feel my moms stress or worries or anger and when im in large crowds i find myself wanting to leave in withdraw so badly i go through times when i want to just be alone and for everything and everyone to disappear because i feel so overwhelmed by emotions i also read an article about how empaths can feel others pain like physical while healing the others i feel this most when i give my family messages because at an early age i was very good at it but then i find myself feeling the pain they described im only 18 and dont really have anyone that know much about it to talk to

  32. mel says:

    Well I was wondering why i was so sensitive. I can read how people are very well. they try to hide what they are but i can always tell. I really don’t have any friends. I have had trouble with my jobs. and relationships. I have felt other peoples pain because i worked in the medical field. My teeth started hurting one day when someone was getting work done on theirs. this is all new to me and I had no idea i was like this until i was telling my sister about my experiences and she said i was a empathic. I thought there was something wrong with me.

  33. rachel says:

    this is exactly me ! my mom was looking up stuff so its the only reason i found out about empathy i was scared about what was happening cause im not only this i see images in my head and then it happens in real life and its scary , i told my mom but then she changes the subject

  34. raven says:

    I was always told I was sensitive, and withdrawn, but Until recently I just assumed I was weird. When I’m around someone I can feel their emotions almost to a point where I can tell what their thinking, and because of that I find it hard to be around others for long periods of time without crying. Animals are always drawn to me when I’m walking for instance dogs, and cats tend to follow me home.. at first I thought it was because I gave them attention, but after random animals started doing it it became harder to shrug off. I thought I was crazy I’m 20 and never even considered I could be an empath so I want to thank you so much, and I do hope I learn to control it so I can have a somewhat normal life

  35. Natalia says:

    I dont understand why do I feel empathy when watching TV series. There are just characters, not real people feeling real emotions…

  36. Anna says:

    Hi Natalia,

    When an actor/actress gets into character, they undergo a process whereby their aura actually morphs into the aura of the character they’re playing. OK, so a character doesn’t actually have an aura but when the actor ‘becomes’ the character, their aura transforms into the aura that the character would have if he/she were a real person.

    The best actors are those who can completely transform their aura to match that of the character. The more complete the transformation, the more convincing the acting.

    So it totally makes sense to me that you have empathy with characters on TV shows. You’re probably doing empath merges with the aura of the character.

  37. Anna says:

    Hi raven,

    Sounds like you definitely need to learn to turn that empathy OFF!

    I highly recommend you check out one of those books (‘Become the most important person in the room’ is the best) and work through it. Your life will become easier if you do.

  38. raven says:

    Thank you my boyfriend introduced me to meditation it’s been a little help actually. I’ll read the books you suggested as well thank you so much.

  39. H. Geovanny. says:

    I guess my empathy is far more advance that many people, unfortunately. I have been to hospitals all my life suffering all kind of pains, which, the doctors could never found something wrong with me. Ironically, I always used to find out someone else had an illness with the same symptoms I had.
    I try avoiding touching people, because I always suck their pains and symptoms, and they feel better in a matter of minutes. And also when I touch someone I can do spiritual readings involuntarily, and most all the time I don’t need their permission to do it. When I see someone’s picture I can do it too. The weirdest thing is that I can do spiritual readings when the other person is just thinking about someone else sort of like mind/spiritual reading. Most all the time I know when someone is lying to me, or when they have any issues. I always have prophetic dreams that become true.
    I’m a loner because I haven’t found a woman that can stand me. Imagine yourself living with someone who knows how you are feeling all the time, good or bad.
    Well that part of my story… I can do spiritual readings and cleansing too, but I avoid doing them. I always get stuck with the Bad Mojo from others, and it takes me a while to get clean again.
    By the way I have learned to send back bad energy or put it on others when they get me mad, and they get sick. I try not to do it, but sometimes my spirit doesn’t care.
    Bye bye.

  40. Joseph says:

    I have related to all of these at one point or another in my life, and still do with most of them, especially the ones related to agreeing with or getting too close to other people.

    However, some of them aren’t quite as strong as they used to be. When I was younger I had no idea what I was feeling, so instead of shying away, I deliberately overexposed myself to things that would trigger it (violent films, intense pornography, dark/depressed people) in an effort to just “suck it up” and “get over it” like a teenage boy is usually told to do with problems like this.

    I’m now very desensitised to a lot of the more intense things, and as a side effect I can also “turn off” my consciense at will. (It’s a mixed blessing, and has its uses, for example when I had to put our horribly injured dog out of her misery.) I don’t know if this is another side effect or if it was already there, but contact with animals now either triggers a feeling of affection, or one of intense irritation.

    On the other hand, as far as I know, the exposure hasn’t left me with anything weirder than I already had – depression, violent tendencies, or the like. I can talk for hours with random strangers about their lives – they open up to me in an instant and I could listen for hours. I love hugs and physical contact in general.

    *cough* Long reply, I know.

    After some realisations and help from some hippy friends, I’ve been aware and in control for a while, but recent events have been driving me crazy, and grounding is nigh-impossible. I can’t focus to save my life anymore.

    I was recommended to this site through a friend, and am desperately hoping that the articles on turning all this off can help. :)

  41. Anna says:

    Hi Joseph,

    Welcome to the site! In addition to the articles, you might also like to check out my list of recommended books on turning off empathy: http://www.psychicbutsane.com/recommended-by-anna/recommended-books-on-psychic-and-spiritual-topics#empathy

    I also offer a free meditation on stillness that might be of help to you: http://www.psychicbutsane.com/subs5-3yh_if

  42. wendy salcido says:

    My bestfriend just had a spiritual reading done she recorded it and I listened to it. My bestfriend was told she was an empath, curious I did some research on the internet and come to find out empath describes me almost to a T. I have always felt things before they happen and know how people feel. For lent I wanted to give up watching the news because it affects me so much. I too can’t watch embarrassing things happen to people in movies, and seeing people suffer hurts me. Knowing this information now , I feel like I can now seek the help I need to live a smoother life. I always knew there was something going on with me but.could never pinpoint what was going on. I will be looking into and learning more about this. Thank you for posting this:)

  43. Mary Baker says:

    Thank you Anna, my heartfelt gratitude for your kindness and your comments.

  44. Kelly says:

    I always knew I was a little different – probably “little psychic” but I’ve never seen a description listed out like it is here. Now it all makes sense! I’m empathic!! I was extremely shy as a child, and that started to wane a bit by the time I reached my late 30′s. I was labeled shy and a loner because of my need to isolate myself on a daily basis.I could always feel others’ (friends, family) emotions but now I understand why sometimes I would feel completely out of sorts for no apparent reason – that I’m probably picking up the emotions of passersby! Oh!!! Well, duh, Kelly!!! :-D I cannot bear to hear or see anything that involves an animal suffering. I won’t even watch Bambi! I will turn away when I see someone on tv about to embarrass themselves. And my romantic relationships have suffered in that my need for isolation is difficult to explain. I’m quite tired of being called a “hermit” though I am not. I do love people, but only a few hours at a time. When a close friend talks with me about her relationships, she’s asked me….”where do you come up with this….stuff”? I tell her, I don’t know, it just pops into my head. I’m not ready at all to come out and tell her – ‘I think I’m a bit of a psychic’. I’ve got a lot of work to do to learn how to use this correctly before I have a coming out party. :-D
    Anna, thank you for your site!! And your “insight”! ;-)

  45. mimi says:

    Thank you. It’s nice to know what’s going on. I always felt different and didn’t know why :)I could tell what other people felt and thought, sometimes I couldn’t put it in words, but I could feel it. And books- I could see and feel everything!
    TV and the news- I had to stop watching. I felt so overwhelmed.. I want to save the world, but do nothing- I feel helpless about it.
    Thanks again- now I know I’m not crazy :)

  46. mimi says:

    ..and one more thing- I have to take a nap everyday to recharge…
    or, spend a lots of time alone. That helps, but it makes me feel isolated :(

  47. ella says:

    I think I might be an empath. Can you be highly sensitive and not be an empath? Or are they one and the same?

    I too have problems watching TV. If it’s a sad story line, it makes me cry or I feel all this emotion that won’t leave me alone. If someone is about to do something embarrasing, or someone is about to get caught, I cringe or have to look away, or need someone in the room to watch it with me (how mad is that?). Like for instance, in one soap many years ago, they set up a video camera to catch a thief and of course viewers knew who the thief was, but the rest of the soap cast didn’t. So as everyone was sat around someones living room, the camera was aired on the tv. And the viewers knew what it was going to show, that person who did it and it made me feel so uncomfortable and I had to look away.

    I can’t read or watch the news because of all the negative terrible stuff and when I heard about 9/11 and other disasters which have hurt people, it hurts me terribly and these feelings of pain are still floating around in my mind for many months or years after. If someone has been tortured, I feel the pain of their suffering too.

    Whenever I see anything bad that has happened to someone, I have to imagine it for myself. Can anyone understand this? It’s like my way of dealing with it is imagining myself or my loved ones in that situation and then I know exactly how the poor person has suffered and then it makes me worse, not better! Does this mean I am an empathic person?

    I remmeber seeing a cat lying on the side of the road many years ago on the way home from a day out with my family. My parents noticed and said poor cat and that it must have got run over. Whereas I couldn’t stop thinking about it and kept wondering how much pain it must have gone through and if it could still be saved, even though it wasn’t moving when we went past it. It was very late at night in a remote area and we were all tired and it was only when we were way past it that we knew it was a cat.

  48. myilanna says:

    I am really not sure if i am an impath but alot of my traits are listed above

    i have this crazy connection with animals they are always around me it could be a mousing running from the some wooded area right in front of me, i had a small bird fly in my car and i could feel its wings fluttering against when i was little i had a bird and the bird would not let anybody touch it except for me i love dogs the dog i have now i seem to communicate with him without words

    i also have a weird connection with small kids btwn newborn to like 5 or 6 one time i was walking in the mall and a little boy i had never seen grabbed my leg and hugged me and was soo happy little kids go out of their way to say hi to me they make funny faces at me if i am behind them in line or they will have the biggest smile on their faces even whan i was 11 or 12 the little 5 year old kids would still want to play with me

    i am shy and have always been no matter how much i try to shake it i cant i get so nervous around other people that i literlly forget what to say so i say nothing and it makes me not want to interact at all

    i cry at everything on tv that is emotional i hate the news all the bad news gets me depressed

    i always try to make other people happy expecially if i can relate and i usually sacrafice myself for others my family or friends but because of this i am always struggling and alway getting taken advantage of i just feel that if god can forgive who am i not too if god give second chances who am i to refuse a person in need and i am never satisfied in my life no matter how much i have or how little i always feel as though i am missing something i am never happy with my life now i dont know if i am an empath or not but i just feel weird i hate that i am never happy

    i have always been shy and

  49. Rene says:

    Hi Myillana, I can relate to what you say especially the kids and animals part also the feeling others pain. I live thousands of miles from my parents/family because their pain/challenges/anger/attitude is too much for me . I can encourage you by saying if you find something you enjoy then pursue it; it will make you happy whether or not you are alone. I was lucky enough to find writing and even though I am not making money at it I am enjoying it because I have been able to share it with others who also enjoy. Most importantly my time that I indulge in the writing in JOYOUS for ME!!It makes up for my critics voices. YOU have to find something to cling to so that you won’t feel you have to apologize for being YOU!! You are NEVER wrong You just be yourself. :)

  50. Kessa says:

    I too am an empath. I refuse to watch the news. I’ll watch the weather, but no news. I stay at home with my children and really do not want to go out of my comfort zone. I usually end up talking to people and helping them when they need to. My emotions are usually all over the place. I would much rather hurt than have someone else hurt. I still have not learned to turn this off fully so I can just get a break. It makes me feel as if I am insane. :) My youngest daughter, (she has autism) I believe is an empath too. She cries at movies, books and when she hears certain types of music, ( classical and Celine Dion) She always just says “It’s so beautiful Mommy”

  51. Rich says:

    I believe I am an empath in some way. I will have very very powerful “visions” of painful situations for others. I have had them for such things as the Andrea Yates murders and other high profile and obscure things. I feel haunted by these sometimes. These “visions” are more than visual to me. I feel the emotions. That’s the scary part of the whole thing. I have never considered myself to have any psychic abilities. But I cannot explain why I have these things. They are vivid and terrible almost nightmarish.I also have a tendency to assume other peoples problems. The funny part of the whole thing is that I am a policeman.

  52. Caleb Mullen says:

    thank you for you beautifully written post.

    its always great to read stuff about it, especially since you worded everything perfectly.

    i wanted to add feeling the emotions put across in music and art. im a traditional artist and its great being empathic and painting. because you truly breath try emotion in your artwork. but i am attempting to transition the truly renaissance way of painting and bring new life to it in modern style artwork. such as life size paintings of celebrates or people i feel connected with for some reason. and put true feeling in there eyes.

    but, A Prayer by Kid Cudi has made me break down with his imagery in the song, it is as if he is truly speaking out to ask to be lifted from this planet. its at the same time of the song too

    but to other inexperienced empaths. crying to music is a good way to let out built up exhaust. you enter their realm and can release emotion with them.

    if someone could email me on here if it is normal to know what a girl wants you to do when you are around her, but its something almost forward and it seems like it would weird them out. cmullen1990(at)gmail.com like you can understand what they want you to do, or how to act. or what to say in a way. but it could be something you wouldnt think normally to say

    im 21 and still learning to control the aura interactions. but since i know what the girl im around is feeling, it feels as if they are ever longing for me to move forward on them. and i truly feel thats what they want. or i feel someone wants me to go talk to them. but i am still early with the whole knowing about it thing.

    so should i go forward with the almost…. unspoken requests of others? i have been told i look very german and serious, and that i am intimidating because i stand tall and commanding. but i do not know if this is true. anyhow, ive been told that i in a way would brighten up someones day to talk to them. but i cant think of what to say..

    im rambling now.. anyways, thanks for listening.

    email me with your thoughts, i would love to connect with you all on here. i can really tell this is a group like myself from the comments.

  53. Kessa Smith says:

    @ Caleb Mullen. A great band to listen to, to help with crying about your pain and anger is a band called HURT. Try them out. They’re amazing.

  54. stephanie says:

    I have read the article and believe whole heartedly that I am an empath. Every symptom describes me to a tee. I realized I was an empath when I was at a bar and a woman walked in. I could feel everything about her, it was so strong. She was on drugs and was so sad that she wanted to die. I could literally feel death around her. I had to leave. It effected me for days.

    Now as I am married, I have had great relationship trouble. We have been separated before. I love him but need separation from him. We are together now and I am still needing to “get away” from him. It is worse now because he is medically disabled and is incredibly depressed and it is reflecting off him and I can feel it and I am having a hard time dealing with it. I am looking forward to learning how to turn it off.

  55. MPath says:

    Sometimes it feels to me more like ‘Em-pathetic’!! I am already the 3rd generation of Empath and my poor grandmother did not know what she was. And all of a sudden it all makes sense to me. She left her husband and children because he was too austere – at the time it was a huge scandal. Later she became a recluse and would listen to the radio incessantly ..the characters on the radio became her reality. I, too, started feeling things as a child – a park for me was not a ‘Playground’ it was a place full of lonely people. I avoid bars as I feel the desperation of people … I avoid the school like the plague (strangely enough) Before I understood who I was, I too was having problems in my marriage – just wanting to be alone !! The MINUTE I understood that I was an empath, all the pieces fell into place. Now my husband takes the children away on a holiday and I literally take a MUCH needed ‘Away from People Holiday’. If I am overloaded I can not go to a hotel because hotels are full of people. My marriage changed once I was able to speak to my husband about this.
    Some people also mentioned the weight thing before – Empaths feel everything more – all their senses are heightened and for me food is pure enjoyment !!! BIG SMILEY FACE …
    @Rich – I too had visions and mine were related to my life and job just like yours seem to be related to yours.
    I also through the years noticed that I would have an extreme bout of heavy emotions which was CONTRARY to my normal self. Later I was able to look back and saw that these ‘Emotions’ pre-empted an event. So a very, very dark feeling and all my emotions whirling inside of me … then the phone would ring and it was the school telling me that one of my sons was sick or something … and in that instance the cloud lifted.
    Others were clear visions or dreams …
    The reason I feel Em-Pathetic ??? I would be amazing working with animals – if I stepped foot in Animal Home – we would then have every dog in our home !!! I adore children but wouldn’t be able to deal with children suffering …
    I have sometimes seen the news and have no idea how a policeman can ‘arrest’ a man for abusing children and professionally ‘take him in’ … I would not be able to do this …
    I have had to distance myself from needy people – simplify my life and focus on the most important people around me …

  56. Joe says:

    This empathy thing is really almost impossible to escape. I find it encouraging
    to read here that this isn’t a psychological problem. I’ve had these sensitivities al my life. They are impossible for me to manage. The movies, books, and other such make me turn down volume, change tv channel, and generally resist anything which might put me in a position to cause harm. My parents were forever dismayed at my inability to detach from people, places, and things. Two really good examples: Just last night I was watching a documentary about the development of electricity from its early days to the present. I almost cannot write this! The imagery is a horrifying one which still feels like a hard slap. The show disussed the history of the electric chair capital punishment. To fine tune the volt charge to do the job the show rolls film of animals being electrocuted! This pains me, even as I write this. The only animal shown being “attached” with electrodes was this majestic elephant. The elephant followed a man he loved to his place of his death! I suddenly knew this animal had no idea of what was going on! Elephants are deeply loving some say even more so than us. That poor animal was a happy incredible creature not worthy of what was done! This breaks my heart. There are many other examples!

  57. Lucia says:

    Oh my God, yes! So sad I didn’t learn about this before. These, especially, I have never heard anyone else articulate as a problem:

    “Finding it difficult to fully be present to yourself and your own feelings when conversing with other people. This is because you’re busy exploring their aura and responses to life – not your own.”

    I once had a psychologist who told me that she could never “find me” in my experiences when I told her about them. Apparently I only ever talked about the other people involved and she said that wasn’t normal – people always talk about themselves in the experience.

    “Shyness – empathy can make you somewhat self-conscious as you’re very aware of the effect your words have on another person and what they’re thinking and feeling in response.”

    So this isn’t normal either?? I always thought I was normal. But when I got into my 20′s, I began to think other people were really stupid, because they couldn’t read me the way I thought they should have – especially my mother irritated me, because she couldn’t see what I thought had to be plain as day, in terms of “emotional intelligence,” regarding both me and other people.

    “A tendency to say yes to the requests and demands of other people – almost as a reflex; without thinking about whether you actually want to. When you’re so immersed in another person’s experience of life and what they need – how can you say no? It’s only afterwards that you realize you forgot yourself and your own needs.”

    I always do this too. I only became consciously aware of it as a problem once when I received a phone call that was the wrong number. The man on the phone said my voice was much nicer than the one he had expected to hear and he asked me out and I said yes. Hung up the phone and then realized what just happened and went into a panic. But it was too late – he was on his way already.

    I’ve never heard anyone else talk about having these same problems :). I feel like someone who’s been mysteriously, even delusionally sick all her life and has finally received a diagnosis–and found out she was not delusional like everyone made her believe.

    Shyness – empathy can make you somewhat self-conscious as you’re very aware of the effect your words have on another person and what they’re thinking and feeling in response.
    A tendency to say yes to the requests and demands of other people – almost as a reflex; without thinking about whether you actually want to. When you’re so immersed in another person’s experience of life and what they need – how can you say no? It’s only afterwards that you realize you forgot yourself and your own needs.

  58. Suzy says:

    Hello, I dont know how I ended up on this website. But the things I read here basically highlighted my reason for doing research. For example with it says about getting sucked into novels or thinking twice about watching the news described exactly my reaction.

    Some people call me bipolar because my mood changes all the time but I cant explain to tell that I didnt choose to change my mood, it just happen. I guess what I am trying to ask here is whether or not this is normal? I mean somehow I can always sense when someone is lying to me, but I dont know how to deal with the mood swings, the depression and many more.

    While I can relate to 98% of the signs that I read above, I really do not know to deal with them or control them for that matter. So if any one could relate, I would really appreciate a comment or suggestion.

  59. Matthew says:

    Yeah my mom was watching greys anatomy and literally as the patient was dieing I started to feel pressure on my chest which is why I hate it when I watcht that show but as soon as the episode stopped I felt much better. Thank god she was watching it on netflix otherwise I’d have to sit through the commercials too. I am a bit of an empath but not that big of one but that was the weirdst empathic expierence I have ever had.

  60. Matthew says:

    see they died from lack of blood which affects the heart Oh boy that was odd

  61. Erin says:

    I can only relate to a few… but I’m really looking for a case where (this is real, form my experience), you and your best friend feel the same thing at the same time. Like she’s feeling depressed, and I do too. And then she feels better, and we both feel better. Also things like getting headaches and stomaches in sync, feeling if the other is energetic or tired. I’ve only been able to turn it off while dancing or swimming, other than that I feel everything.

  62. Erin says:

    I just realized that the only ones that didn’t apply to me are the ones that have;
    - you don’t easily trust people
    - you’re fine with being alone
    - you don’t get close in relationships
    I generally tell my friend everything and hate being alone, but I soak in everyone’s feelings and have things like visions that mean something that happens later on…

  63. Esha says:

    I noticed those signs in me too. A bit of ‘em I mean. But I can’t be ABSOLUTELY sure. The ones that relate to me are:

    # Feeling the world’s suffering on a large scale and wishing you could do something to help. Ironically, this makes you less equipped to help, because you feel overwhelmed.
    # Finding it difficult to watch the news or distressing images because you feel the pain of the person/people you’re watching – as if you’re them
    A liking for distance in relationships, and for solitude. This occurs because as an empath, intimacy and closeness is your default. But when you don’t know how to stop yourself from exploring other peoples’ auras, you need some space on your own, where you aren’t around other people.
    # An emotional over-identification with characters in novels, films and plays. It doesn’t matter that they’re not real – you can still feel how they felt.
    # A tendency to forget to have fun and lighten up.

    Anna, your site is SIMPLY AWESOME btw!!! I LOOOOVE it. And, I’ve become a regular visitor. Your story is also awesome! :)

  64. TJ says:

    I am EVERYTHING listed above! Do you think its possible to be all three types of Empath (animal, plant, human) because I believe I am. I always feel weird about walking on the grass, and most times just follow the brick path even if it takes longer to get where I’m going. With animals, I feel bad about killing flies or spiders and centipedes even and 99% of the time I go out of my way to put them outside in a safe place. In regard to relationships, I have had several boyfriends because I am so compatible with everyone, but after awhile I start to wonder why I’m even with that person! I feel its because I feel wanted by them and return that emotion even though its not my own. I’m highly protective of others, and animals, and take extreme caution when handling plants. I worked on a vegetable farm in green houses and always felt happy in them. I love animals to no end and sometimes its like I can calm them or make them feel less afraid. Im good with people too and always cater to others needs. Being an Empath is the greatest gift and life purpose I have. I’m only just now realizing that I am an Empath and I want to meet more people like me to discuss it and help one another!

    Find me on Facebook : Timothy Hasley / TJ Hasley
    Email me : timothyhasley@ymail.com

    Namaste

  65. Estelle says:

    Most of these signs relate to me. I’m pretty sure that I’m an empath.
    One of the strongest things for me is when I’m around sick people or even watching them on a fiction TV show. If someone has a cold for example, I start feeling kind of like I have a cold as well. And the other day I was watching this movie, and the main character was being dragged along a very dusty ground, getting dust in his mouth and throat. Even after that scene was over, I felt as if I had dust in my throat. It can be very annoying.
    I’m also very shy and I get scared talking to people that I don’t know very well. (I hate it!)
    I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or not, but I just spent several days living with my friend. In that time I felt very sad…now I am with my dad and I don’t feel as sad. Also I’ve noticed I’m acting a little like my friend. Would you say I’m an emapth…?

  66. Islandcross Gabriel says:

    I got all the symptoms/signs of being an empath. So, what do I do now? Any guidance or advice from you guys, is it a path to being a skilled psychic?

  67. Lorna says:

    Most of the above applies to me. All of my life my friends have dumped their problems onto me and I have always tried desperately to help them, with very little concern for myself on my part or theirs. I have been treating people with electro-acupunture and reiki for the last couple of years. At first I found myself developing some of the illnesses I was treating them for. I have to work at letting the energy flow through me and not using my energy to help others, or let their energy flow back to me.

    It is just in these last couple of years that I have realized I had any psychic abilities, though when I think back I would have feelings that I should call someone and when I did they were in distress. I also would think I saw a person over and over knowing fully well that they were not in this part of the world. Finally I would call them to find out if they were OK and they had been praying for me. My sister has done this as well. I think many people have these abilities but just never recognized them.

  68. Danielle says:

    I fit with most of these, but not all. I am trying to figure out what I am and how to control it. I do put my needs last, and it seems like I can feel animals emotions, I feel responsible for other peoples feelings and everyone over shares with me. I actually read books to feel better becasue while I am reading and get to feel like I am actually the characters. Where I am having a problem is that when I talk to some people who are always angry or upset I start to feel that way too, and recently I have found myself getting physically ill from it. I just dont know what to do anymore I am a happy person when I can tune out everything else, I have been suddenly getting an overwhelming sense of saddness for no reason lately, even reading forums where people are negative I start to cry and feel sick.I talked to my doctor and she just wants me to take anti-anxiety meds. If anyone has any suggestions I would love them.

  69. Jenn says:

    These apply to me fortunately/unfortunately.. I have been wondering for years if I was just plum psycho lol.. I remember watching TV when I little and either trying to hide my face because I felt the embarrassment the person had , laughing with happy tears for them, or breaking down and crying and feeling a sadness that stuck with me for days. I hate hate hate crowded rooms.. I can be in a great mood, walk into a crowded room and feel a hundred emotions go through me. I don’t understand why but my husband here lately can walk into the room and I feel completely drained.. If I am by myself I can usually stay in a happy uplifted mood unless a feeling about a family or friend hits me. There are so many things that go on with me that I just don’t understand.. The one thing that doesn’t apply to me is I am a very outgoing person.. I try to not let my feelings take me down and not many people know that I feel this way. I do feel when these feeling hit me that they are directed at me even tho they are not… Am I nuts or is this truly empathy.

  70. TC says:

    I have known for some time now that I am an empath. It’s strongest around animals. This past week I have befriended a stray cat who had kittens under a neighbors porch. She growled and hissed at me the first two times I fed her but now she meows and wants me to pet her and sit on my lap. I am trying to earn her trust so I can take her to the shelter with her kittens. It is really overwhelming me. All of these emotions I can’t shut off. She is going to feel so betrayed when I close the cage door and lock it and drive her to a shelter. She’ll be all alone in a strange, cold environment with her kittens taken away from her. I can already feel her pain. She will be worried about her kittens. Her kittens will be so scared. I feel it all so strongly and everyone else around me couldn’t care less about them. It is very hard to shut it off. feels impossible. It hurts. I have never had to do anything like this before. After it’s done I am still going to worry about them. This empath business sometimes feels like a curse.

  71. Katie says:

    I am an empath as well but have taught myself how to bubble myself. It is a huge relief but fails at times. Very helpful.

  72. Brock says:

    The movie thing for me has always been the case and it goes for happiness, excitement, embarrasment, etc. A powerful scene in a movie can reduce me to tears of joy or sadness. Can anyone else “know” the truth and emotions of someone? I don’t mean the outward facade, but their real and true inner emotions that they want to hide. This happens all the time for me. It’s to the point where I can tell a person’s true motivations instead of what they want people to believe. This whole thing kind of freaks me out.

  73. Linda F says:

    Okay I always thought I was crazy until I read your article. I related to cats extremely and when they are sick I feel their pain. I go into deep depessions after their passing. I also seem to know if a person is going to get sick. Strangely enough I work for a doctor. Ever since I was young I felt I could feel the pain of animals. Now I know I’m not crazy. By the way I am spiritual to a degree if Paganism counts.

  74. kathy says:

    Does anyone feel that they are feeling emotions from someone that is not even present and may or may be far away and may not even be someone they know?

  75. Melissa says:

    Oh my goodness!!! It wasn’t until reading this article realizing all these traits are connected. I’m so delighted to have come across this site allowing me to recognise how gifted I am …its all of the above tenfold…PLUS some ( when really focusing I know what there thinking!!) . It’s seems as with the last couple years its intensified with just recently learning to control what I absorb…thank goodness!!! Bit is that tough and exhausting!! Also its helped ne build a great clientele as a hairdresser with communication of their desired results. It would be awesome to share these gifts another way to help people in many ways . Thank you much for your informative article!! :)

  76. Alli says:

    I found out that I was an Empath a few years ago from my Reiki teacher and I never knew it but once I found out it made me realize why i had so much anxiety in school and hated going when I had so many friends, because I felt everyone’s emotions and feelings and it overwhelmed me and I couldn’t tell what was my own feelings and emotions and what wasn’t. As I got older and explored more I found out about such things. :)

  77. Zak says:

    I’m only 14 now and i figured out that i could tell if someone is lying or telling the truth, how they feel on their life, and how they feel about other people like crushes and that stuff. I don’t feel that pain of other people by watching TV or movies but I get kind of a rush i guess if something good happens. My body starts to shake and i get goose bumps. I’ve been able to help some friends who used to cut, stop because i was able to get inside their head a tell what they were thinking about their life. I have had parents tell me that i should be a psychiatrust because of this. This article was major help to let me know that im not the only person in the world with this.

  78. Shannon says:

    So…I identify with all of these symptoms. Every single one. Like, when I’m reading a book, I become extremely invested in the main characters emotions. If something bad happens in the book, I can’t shake that feeling of dread for hours. But I don’t understand how to turn it off. It seems like it’s only gotten worse these last few years. I know there are some benefits to it, and I know it is a part of who I am, but it’s getting to the point where I am considering depression medication, or anti-anxiety medication to try and keep my emotions under control. I don’t want to become medicated, but I can’t keep letting emotions rule my life so harshly.

  79. Fiona says:

    That makes a lot of sense! I just realized recently what I can do has a name. The women through my mom’s side have been known to be sensitives (mostly through dreams and spirit stuff) but unlike them, I can also feel what others feel, whether they be living or dead. I know if a stranger will be a friend or if I should stay away from that person or place (I can tell when something bad has happened in places). I’ve never been wrong. I find out facts later, but I always listen to that! I’ve always been teased for being shy but people come to me to make them feel better and for advice (even strangers) somehow, I know what people need. I can’t watch movies or read books where horses get hurt or die (I grew up around horses so that’s probably why) and I avoid the news as much as I can. When I’m home for the holidays, I can’t sleep if my mom is up worrying about others. I’ve had to tell to her to stop thinking so loud in the middle of the night. I just told my dad that he needs coffee and he asked me how I knew. I can always tell how wired he is and then I feel when he’s about to crash. I can’t be around him when he’s extremely wired because it’s very draining. I still need to learn how to turn this off! I find that meditation helps enormously or doing something creative like playing music. I also know if I have met someone in another lifetime and they usually know it before I say anything. Sometimes I just get too overwhelmed and I have to tell people to shut up or I leave the room, which I’ve had to do multiple times to stop people from telling me all their emotional problems.

  80. Ana says:

    Hi Anna,

    I’m so glad I came across your web site. I have been struggling with something and would really love to share it with everyone. I feel that my psychic abilities result in obsessive compulsive disorders. Whenever my cheek burns I start picking it or pinching it because I know that when my left cheek burns, then someone is criticizing me. If the right cheek burns, then someone is praising me. It is embarrassing that I’m so concerned about how people feel about me, but I cannot stop for example, asking my husband silly questions cuz I felt my left cheek burn after I say or do something and I can feel that there are thoughts that he isn’t saying outloud. I developed this after carrying stones on me that opened up the chakras. I’ve also done a lot of meditations…

  81. Lisa Watson says:

    I know that peoople come to me, often, and unload. They feel better, but then I need to go to bed and sleep. I prefer to be alone, away from people, because I get so stressed. If someone is angry and I walk in a room and they are there, I get an instant headache even if I haven’t seen them yet.
    People seem drawn to just unload everything, even strangers.

    I don’t like to be touched, and I can’t seem to shake the overwhelming fatigue easily when I have spent the day with family and friends, listening to them.

    I know what people will do before they do it, and I know lots about their personalities even before getting to know them. I wish I could turn this off. I hate the phone ringing, because I often know who it is, and that it will be a draining conversation. I tell people that I need rest, tha I need them to not tell me their problems all the time because I can’t turn it off. I don’t tell them I am intuitive or an empath, just that I take their problems to heart and it is overwhelming and I need them to respect that I need a break at times. I wish, they could learn more respect for my boundaries, or attempts to set them.

    I tend to be a hermit. I don’t like gatherings, or crowds, because I always seem to pick up on peoples negative feelings, and I get stressed or ill. I just tell people I have social phobia. It’s not really true. I would love to be a social butterfly, but I spend so much time feeling like I am walking through an emotional chaos, and I feel the need to keep things calm, soothing, that I get tired. When at home, I can’t watch those shows where people get embarrassed, I can’t watch violence to animals or people, and when visiting friends, I can tell if they haven’t paid attention to their animals.

    People don’t really listen when I tell tham what I know. After the fact, they will tell me I was right, and they should have listened. But the very next time, they will ignore me again and I feel frustrated. I feel they want a dumping ground, but not to really find a solution or feel better if it takes work on their part.

    Anyone know a cave I can live in? LOL I am not completely unhappy, and some friends are amazed when I tell them what their loved one will do next in reaction to a situation. Or I will profile someone and be correct. I’d much prefer to be blissfully ignorant though, sometimes.

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