You might have heard of the term empath recently. More and more people are coming to terms with their emotions, human energy, and the existence of metaphysics – thus, more and more people are discovering that they are empaths.
Empaths are people who are people who are highly susceptible to energy from other people. They are very intuitive when it comes to emotions and they can pick up on the way people are really feeling their true intentions and negative energy. Many people might get the term empath confused with just being a sensitive person. Empaths are sensitive people, but they are a step above in terms of sensing other people’s emotions.
Empaths tend to share traits with highly sensitive people. Highly sensitive people (HSPs) can easily get confused with an empath. According to Dr. Elaine Aron, highly sensitive people include a low threshold for stimulation. They have a lower need for alone time, sensitivity to light, sound, and smell. Highly sensitive people take longer to wind down on a busy day and their transition from high stimulation to low stimulation is slower.
Empaths take the experience of a highly sensitive person to the next level, according to Dr. Aron. Empaths can sense energy and actually absorb it from other people. They take energy from people and different environments into their own bodies, unlike HSP’s. This capacity allows you to experience the energy around you. This includes emotions and physical sensations.
Empaths and highly sensitive people are not mutually exclusive. You can be both of these. If you think about the distinction in terms of an empathic spectrum, empaths are on the far end while HSP’s are further in. If you are an empath accept your gift and learn to love it. It can be a bit hard to manage all of the energy sometimes, but practice makes perfect. Enjoy your gift from the cosmos and use it every day.