30 Most Common Traits of an Empath

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Here are 30 of the most common traits of an empath.

Here are 30 of the most common traits:

1. Knowing: Empath's just know stuff, without being told. It`s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing. The more attuned they are the stronger this gift becomes.

2. Being in public places can be overwhelming: Places like shopping malls, supermarkets or stadiums where there are lots of people around can fill the empath with turbulently vexed emotions that are coming from others.

3. Feeling others emotions and taking them on as your own: This is a huge one for empath's. To some they will feel emotions off those near by and with others they will feel emotions from those a vast distance away, or both. The more adept empath will know if someone is having bad thoughts about them, even from great distance.

4. Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV is unbearable: The more attuned an empath becomes the worse it is and may make it so they eventually have to stop watching TV and reading newspapers altogether.

5. You know when someone is not being honest: If a friend or a loved one is telling you lies you know it (although many empath's try not to focus on this because knowing a loved one is lying can be painful). Or if someone is saying one thing but feeling/thinking another, you know.

6. Picking up physical symptoms off another: An empath will almost always develop the ailments off another (colds, eye infections, body aches and pains) especially those they're closest to, somewhat like sympathy pains.

7. Digestive disorders and lower back problems: The solar plexus chakra is based in the centerof the abdomen and it's known as the seat of emotions. This is where empath's feel the incoming emotion of another, which can weaken the area and eventually lead to anything from stomach ulcers to IBS (too many other conditions to list here). Lower back problems can develop from being ungrounded (amongother things) and one, who has no knowledge of them being an empath, will almost always be ungrounded.

8. Always looking out for the underdog: Anyone whose suffering, in emotional pain or being bullied draws an empath's attention and compassion.

9. Others will want to offload their problems on you, even strangers: An empath can become a dumping ground for everyone else's issues and problems, which, if they're not careful can end up as their own.

10. Constant fatigue: Empath's often get drained of energy, either from energy vampires or just taking on too much from others, which even sleep will not cure. Many get diagnosed with me.

11. Addictive personality: Alcohol, drugs, sex, are to name but a few addictions that empath's turn to, to block out the emotions of others. It is a form of self protection in order to hide from someone or something.

12. Drawn to healing, holistic therapies and all things metaphysical: Although many empath's would love to heal others they can end up turning away from being healers (even though they have a natural ability for it), after they've studied and qualified, because they take on too much from the one they are trying to heal. Especially if they are unaware of their empathy. Anything of a supernatural nature is of interest to empath's and they don't surprise or get shocked easily. Even at the revelation of what many others would consider unthinkable, for example, empath's would have known the world was round when others believed it was flat.

13. Creative: From singing, dancing, acting, drawing or writing an empath will have a strong creative streak and a vivid imagination.

14. Love of nature and animals: Being outdoors in nature is a must for empath's and pets are an essential part of their life.

15. Need for solitude: An empath will go stir-crazy if they don't get quiet time. This is even obvious in empathic children.

16. Gets bored or distracted easily if not stimulated: Work, school and home life has to be kept interesting for an empath or they switch off from it and end up daydreaming or doodling.

17. Finds it impossible to do things they don't enjoy: As above. Feels like they are living a lie by doing so. To force an empath to do something they dislike through guilt or labeling them as idle will only serve in making them unhappy. It's for this reason many empath's get labeledas being lazy.

18. Strives for the truth: This becomes more prevalent when an empath discovers his/her gifts and birthright. Anything untruthful feels plain wrong.

19. Always looking for the answers and knowledge: To have unanswered questions can be frustrating for an empath and they will endeavor to find an explanation. If they have a knowing about something they will look for confirmation. The downside to this is an information overload.

20. Likes adventure, freedom and travel: Empath's are free spirits.

21. Abhors clutter: It makes an empath feel weighed down and blocks the flow of energy.

22. Loves to daydream: An empath can stare into space for hours, in a world of their own and blissfully happy.

23. Finds routine, rules or control, imprisoning: Anything that takes away their freedom is debilitating to an empath even poisoning.

24. Prone to carry weight without necessarily overeating: The excess weight is a form of protection to stop the negative incoming energies having as much impact.

25. Excellent listener: An empath won't talk about themselves much unless it's to someone they really trust. They love to learn and know about others and genuinely care.

26. Intolerance to narcissism: Although kind and often very tolerant of others, empath's do not like to be around overly egotistical people, who put themselves first and refuse to consider another's feelings or points of view other than their own.

27. The ability to feel the days of the week: An empath will get the "Friday Feeling"if they work Fridays or not. They pick up on how the collective are feeling. The first couple of days of a long, bank holiday weekend (Easter for example) can feel, to them, like the world is smiling, calm and relaxed. Sunday evenings, Mondays and Tuesdays, of a working week, have a very heavy feeling.

28. Will not choose to buy antiques, vintage or second-hand: Anything that's been pre-owned carries the energy of the previous owner. An empath will even prefer to have a brand new car or house (if they are in the financial situation to do so) with no residual energy.

29. Sense the energy of food: Many empath's don't like to eat meat or poultry because they can feel the vibrations of the animal (especially if the animal suffered), even if they like the taste.

30. Can appear moody, shy, aloof, disconnected: Depending on how an empath is feeling will depend on what face they show to the world. They can be prone to mood swings and if they've taken on too much negative will appear quiet and unsociable, even miserable. An empath detests having to pretend to be happy when they're sad, this only adds to their load (makes working in the service industry, when it's service with a smile, very challenging) and can make them feel like scuttling under a stone. If you can say yes to most or all of the above then you are most definitely an empath. Empaths are having a particularly difficult time at the present time, picking up on all the negative emotions that are being emanated into the world from the populace.

-Christel Broederlow

Added to on Dec 21, 2014
Last edited on Jul 13, 2019
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Jan 30, 2019
welp looks like im an empath

Nov 13, 2021
I get the feeling 🙃😉

Apr 20, 2019
I'm doing lots of research on Empaths because I think I might be one and this was so helpful! Thank you!

May 26, 2019
Very Great read! Thank you for this gives great info on the topic.

May 27, 2019
Empathy thank you

Jul 21, 2019
Can empaths feel a spirit's intent towards them?

Jul 28, 2019
Yes with practice

Nov 04, 2022
User555561, what is your profile picture of exactly?

Nov 04, 2022
The user's deleted their account but it appears to be a Wendigo.

Jul 24, 2019
well alrighty then. Looks like I finally know why I share others' emotions.

Aug 01, 2019
Yes. It's me. I'm not great at managing this.this is helpful. Thank you.

Nov 16, 2019
i showed this to my mom after reading the headline she said your not an empath Selena .after reading it she silently handed it back to me and i left her room i have always been able to read my best friends emotions but only sipits about other people

Nov 16, 2019

May 20, 2020
I already knew I was an empath, but this just confirmed it

Dec 18, 2020
very helpful thank u.

Jan 04, 2021
I have never heard of empaths but after reading this it explains things about my strange behaviors and being drawn to magick.

Jan 04, 2021
*and how I get hurt emotionly around those who are also suffering*

Nov 13, 2021
I'm every single one of these and it makes soooo much sense. Especially the back and stomach issues. If anyone has any tips for that or any of these plz let me know! Thanks for sharing!!

Nov 13, 2021
Protect yourself. Look into shielding as well as grounding. This should help you filter others' energy and ease your stomach. You might have to do this several times a day when you begin, but over time, it'll just be once a day and you're good. You should also carry crystals/charms that help protect your energy [you could also draw symbols on your skin with lotion and rub them in so nobody sees them but energetically they're there] meditation, journaling, energy work will help you be more observant of when you're tapping into others emotions/energy and this should also protect you since you'll be able to stop it before it gets overwhelming. [to help soothe your stomach, you might wish to drink mint or ginger tea to calm it]

Nov 14, 2021
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Really I have never had someone so much as confirm these things to me and then to send help....💜🌺 you are a true blessing! It means the world to me that you sent this back. I have horrible pains everyday and now I can actually try to do something about it. My whole is changing after a weeks worth of interest into the Wiccan beliefs and I am truly amazed. I will do what you said and do as much as I can. I've never known how to ''turn it off''. I wonder also if this has anything to do with my very disturbing issues with the whole idea of death..... thats a whole other topic tho. I was looking into amulets to get. I am of celtic, Germanic, Anglo-Saxon, and the freaking Visigoths lol. Been doing a lot of ancestry. 🤣 but with all of that said I am trying 6o find the best talismans and amulets. The skin writing is the best thing I've ever heard. Do what kind of symbols? And a particular lotion? If u have links for symbols that would be great. I can give a contact email if that helps get anything to me. I just want to know all that I can. I've already lived 34 years and only 6 sober and I am so full of questions and a little hurt that I was never informed of real and true things that I've felt all of my life. And then having to feel wrong or evil for my interests having been brought up Roman Catholic.... with my lineage... no wonder my life has been so crazy. I do have my beliefs and faith with my spiritually with ''God'' and ''Jesus'' but I know that's not it I mean Paganism dates back before the Roman empire.... uh hellooooo. Lol but I feel that the Jesus I have a relationship with would encourage the things that ting true to me and I have a physical and emotional and Spiritual connection with. Catholicism came from and absolutely terrible start IN MY OPINION. With the force to believe or die. And conformity with fear..... really? I'm just so ready for something true and I've found it. So I want all I can to help my and my family s lives to be better!!! Hope to hear from you soon. Peace to you🙌🌿

Nov 15, 2021
I'm glad I could help ^_^ Let's see if I can answer your questions. For ''turning off'' there's the subconscious way where your mind just turns this ability off when you become so overwhelmed, but then you'll have to figure out how to turn it back on [and that usually requires shadow work which isn't always pretty] the other method is to ground yourself and shield. [I also tend to visualize a door shutting and a closed sign being put up as a way to say spiritually the work is done for the day, but you would also have to visualize opening the door when you are ready. it's basic boundary work] Any lotion will do. Any symbol will do. What do you think of when you think ''protection''? Use that. [you can also make your own, that would be sigil work] Don't worry about email, I don't give mine out and I only use the mail system on this site [which you can mail me, just be aware I might not respond right away] I was raised Anglican, but the shame instilled by the church is something you'll need to work through when you are ready. Don't jump off the deep end before learning how to swim. All things will happen in their own time. You can still believe in Jesus and practise witchcraft/paganism. It comes down to you doing the soul searching and answering these questions for yourself. I've been a witch half my life now and I'm still learning new things.

May 28, 2022
most of them of them i have the food part no,the violent movies no .

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