Well the definition of Empathy is: The ability to understand and share the feelings of others. If you are empathetic towards someone, it may give you a better understanding of that person. This can help you in magick if you are performing healing rituals or sharing with someone your positive energy (which is basically the same thing). An Empath is a person that can sense others' emotions even though they themselves do not feel the same. I hope answered that helpfully and in the right context that it was intended. :)
A empath is a person that can feel other peoples feelings, emotions, auras and sometimes even see auras and see with aura vision. I am a empath as well as a psychic, I need those powers in order to talk to spirits when I am doing sorcery. Hope that helps.
I'm an empath natural born, started training to hone the talent into a skill when I was very young in martial arts class. I discussed it with my sensei, he told me that it was a very powerful warrior skill, and after the usual q&a, "how do I feel now" "what's he feeling" blah blah. he told me not only is it a rare gift but mostly he had to train his mind for years to reach the point I was born at. so yes it's real not only that, but with proper training and time anyone can learn. it is valuable skill to learn. makes life easier makes you hard to deceive.
and queue the customary "that's impossible" seems the norm for this site
That's impossible... just to make you feel complete. It's not impossible though. Just about everyone is born with the ability to some extent. It is why you feel bad when someone around is feeling bad. Someone who titles themselves as an Empath often can feel many if not all of the emotions of others no matter how well they are hiding them, and not just the extreme happy, angry, and sad that most everyone feels of others.
While these answers are good to an extent it is so much more involved... Or maybe I guess it has to do with the strength of the Empath? I don't know..
I am an Empath..it's both a gift and a curse to me. My abilities go far beyond feeling emotions. I can feel energies of people..animals..technology..plant-life.. Spirits. But it's so much more than that, I actually absorb it. It becomes my own and is quite dangerous and often makes me ill.
The hardest part is the absorption of others illnesses. If someone is feeling sick or dizzy or in pain or severely depressed..my body absorbs it. They become healed but my body takes it on. Also quite dangerous.
My abilities are also far reaching which leave me with a constant humming, ringing and static in my head. Without proper shielding I can't leave my home without becoming incapacitated.
So you see...it's so much more that emotions and auras. It's not something I would wish on anyone. It's not fun knowing how people feel at all times and its scary knowing that you can become violently ill just by being within a few yards of someone.
This isn't a skill that I would recommend trying to acquire if that is even possible. It's a burden I live and cope with every moment of my life.
If you want to learn to read emotions and people, you can study to read auras and body language. Both are useful tools when dealing with people. :)
Empath is strictly emotions. Those are things have their own words to define them. You clearly need to learn to control those things. I've been down the same road which has led me to the practices of magick and why I 'live' it rather than 'practice' it. Message me for guidance on controlling what you allow to come through to you!