You are hypersensitive to others, to animals, to plants, to stressful environments … Welcome to the big family of Empaths! Empathy is the ability of all human beings (or almost) to feel the emotions of others. For us Empaths, this capacity is increased tenfold, to the point that we feel the emotions of others as if we lived them ourselves. If you recognize yourself in the points below, you are most definitely an Empath. You are not alone, and no, you are not crazy at all!
[NB : This article was originally written in French, which is my native language. This is an automatic translation provided by Google. I apologize in advance for any translation mistakes ♥]
The Empath is hypersensitive to people and animals
Some Empaths even describe a hypersensitivity to plants! Real emotional sponge, the Empath takes all the emotions of others, especially the negative emotions: stress, sadness, malaise. Spending an hour with some people very depressed or very negative (even if we love them very hard) can be a real ordeal, which leaves us completely emptied. It sometimes comes to avoid these people to preserve themselves.
Moreover, the Empath often has the impression to very well succeed in identifying people, from the first meeting. Unfortunately, because of his dedication, he also tends to fall under the influence of toxic people or narcissistic perverts. He has the impression of being trapped between two extremes: he must help save the world, but at the same time the Empath suffers horribly from human cruelty.
The Empath also has a hard time coping with animal suffering, be it deliberate cruelty to animals, or simply the pain they experience when they are sick or at the end of life. The entourage usually has trouble understanding this sensitivity that passes for the insanity while they are “only animals”.
The Empath is hypersensitive to violence
Because of his hypersensitivity to the emotions of others, the Empath can not stand any form of violence, be it physical or moral. This is why he often chooses professions related to personal assistance: professions in the medical field, in the field of justice, with people with disabilities, etc. Some Empaths also find relief in working with children or animals because, even if it is very hard, they feel to work with pure beings.
Hypersensitivity to violence makes it very difficult for the Empath to watch the News, or violent films like horror movies.