What is an empath?
An empath is a person who can feel the emotions of others as well as (or in some cases better than) their own emotions.
This is not just the idea of empathizing with people. No, an empath is capable of reading the feelings of other people.
How? It’s not easy to explain, but in the simplest terms: When you are around people — familiar or not — you can sense how they are feeling. Their joy, sorry, pain, anger…it’s like you, as an empath, are a movie screen. They are a projector playing their imagery on your psyche.
Most people do not intentionally project how they are feeling. But some people do. Empath or not, you have probably experienced a situation where someone gave you a look — or — you just FELT an emotion you know was not your own.
Everyone I know, at one time or another, has had someone mad at them or excited to share something with them — and you just felt it like a wave of heat radiating off that person.
Empaths tend to feel those emotions ALL THE TIME from other people. Mostly it is weak and passive. But strong emotions — and uncertainty like we are all facing presently — make it come out clearer and far less passive.
This is a uniquely challenging experience.
Imagine a dodgeball bombardment
Let’s say you were ten years old playing dodgeball. You are the last one standing on your team — and the other side has ALL the red-rubber balls. Everyone throws at once — and no matter how good you are you’re getting hit.
THAT’S how the world feels currently to empaths. Like there is no dodging, no cover — the bombardment of the emotions of others is an ongoing thing.
Mind you, that’s not to say that we don’t have ways to cope with all that emotion coming at us. Most empaths put up shields, of a sort.
Think Star Trek or Star Wars, here. Like the sci-fi notion of shields, empathic shields are energy shields. But instead of deflecting…