I just wanted to post something for empaths who don't know what direction to go in. I recommend The Book of Storms Lessons in Dreamtongue by Jadoa Tye Alexander. Its free online and excellent at developing psychic abilities.
I have been reading it and am now finished. I recommend everyone read it. You won't be sorry, but I must warn you, if you can't already, you will learn how to tune into people and can always tell when they lie.
So I guess you find out who your true friends are. I would also recommend the Empath community at empathcommunity.com. They offer free energy healing sometimes and there are lots of other things for empaths like learning how to shield yourself from feeling the vibes others give off.