Being an empath can be both a blessing and a curse. While possessing this unique gift enables you to sense other people’s feelings, energy, and state of mind and protect yourself from being hurt and manipulated by negative, phony, dishonest people, it can oftentimes make you feel stressed out and drained.
However, I’d like to make one thing clear: if you’ve been suspecting for a while that you might be an empath and you want to know how exactly empaths behave, know that you’re not a victim or weird – as many people tend to think of empaths.
Yes, being an empath is certainly not easy, but once you learn the ways you can protect your mental and emotional health, it’ll be much easier for you to navigate through life without feeling constantly stressed out and drained.
So, here are 9 unusual behaviors that reveal you fit into the category of authentic empaths:
1. You’re extremely intuitive.
We all have high levels of intuition, right? In fact, no. As an authentic empath, you possess skills that other people don’t appear to have. You can tell how someone is feeling only by looking at them.
Their eyes, facial expressions, body movements, and the tone of their voice are enough for you to sense their feelings and thoughts. They don’t need to tell you how they’re feeling or what they’re going through. Your gut will tell you everything you need to know.
2. You internalize other people’s energy.
You feel other people’s feelings and energy and then you start vibrating to the same emotions and energy. Thus, if someone is happy, you can feel your heart jumping with joy. Or if someone is angry, you feel strong feelings of anger in every nerve of your body and you feel like you can’t do anything to stop it.
However, once you become aware that other (non-empathic) people don’t do any of these things, it’ll be easier for you to find solution to this.
3. You’re highly sensitive.
You can’t stand seeing any living thing suffer since this causes you to feel the same amount of pain and suffer alongside them. Sometimes you can even feel the physical symptoms related to what others are going through.
When you see violent scenes, or a hurt animal, or a person going through emotional or physical pain on the TV, you immediately change the channel because you can’t endure seeing others suffer.
4. Crowds affect you negatively.
Crowded, loud places, events, or parties can be very overwhelming for you. Busy places, such as bars, clubs, restaurants, malls, and any kind of social gathering make you feel uncomfortable and drained because all kinds of emotions and energy are coming at you from all directions at the same time.
That’s why you tend to avoid places and events that involve huge crowds. However, chances are you won’t always be able to avoid crowded places, and if you want to make yourself feel less stressed and overwhelmed, at least make sure you avoid negative and aggressive people.
5. People easily drain your energy.
It’s in your nature to always be there for others when they need your help and support. You simply can’t help it. When you’re around other people, you feel and internalize both their positive and negative feelings and this leaves you feeling emotionally, mentally, and physically drained as a result.
However, you need to understand that if you always give your energy to others so willfully and unselfishly, you won’t have much left for yourself. As a result, you may become more and more tired and perhaps even annoyed, stressed out, frustrated, or angry.
What you should do to protect your overall health is take more care of your own feelings, needs, state of mind, and problems. And since helping others is something you simply can’t stop doing, at least make sure you give your time and energy to those who really deserve them and truly love and respect you and avoid those that just want to take advantage of your kindness.
6. You easily detect lies.
This ability is one of the reasons why being an empath is a blessing. You can spot a lie from a mile. You can’t explain to yourself how you know that a person is lying to you, but you simply always feel that.
Although you can’t always prove that someone is trying to manipulate and lie to you, this ability is beneficial for you because it enables you to protect yourself from manipulative, dishonest people who just want to take advantage of you and it helps you know who to trust and who not to.
7. You attract broken people.
People can sense when someone is compassionate, caring, and always willing to help. And the nature of your character attracts people who are vulnerable, weak, and need help. So, people you know can often approach you and ask for your advice, help, or support. Don’t be surprised if even someone you’ve never met before taps you on the shoulder at work or in a public place and asks you to help them.
However, while helping others is nice, you need to know that if you never say no to other people when they come to you asking for your help, this will inevitably drain your energy and leave you unable to take care of your own needs and problems. Therefore, you need to make sure you help others only when you feel ready and willing to do that.
8. Living location is important to you.
Many empaths avoid living in areas that are highly populated and lively. Dense, high-action regions can drain the empath.
As an authentic empath, you can’t simply live anywhere. You prefer to live in small, less crowded, quiet places surrounded by nature.
9. You ignore your own problems.
You’re so busy helping other people solve their problems and healing others that you never get to take care of your own issues.
Helping others with their problems is undoubtedly a kind act. But you need to remember that if you’re always there for others, supporting, comforting, and helping them while turning a blind eye to your own problems and worries, and suppressing your own emotions and thoughts, you’ll eventually break down.
You need to always keep in mind that your feelings, thoughts, and needs are equally as important as those of others. That’s why you need to learn to take care of your own problems as they appear. You need to make sure you give yourself enough time to sort your problems out and heal yourself before you go helping someone else.
Riley Cooper is a professional writer who writes informative and creative articles on topics related to various fields of study. Written with love and enthusiasm, her articles inspire readers to broaden their knowledge of the world, think and get ready to act.