Empathy is a very powerful gift – one that empowers the person to peer into other people’s feelings and recognize their innermost nature and motives. People may think that empaths are weak and too emotional, but this is far from the truth.
It’s a fact that many empaths struggle to utilize the full potential of their gift and often find themselves engulfed in the emotions of others, but this phase is one of learning and overcoming the challenges of the gift.
Whatever the case, empaths have a peculiar behavior which makes them so extraordinary as people. Are you an authentic empath? Here are 11 typical behaviors of an authentic empath.
1. YOU’RE HIGHLY SENSITIVE
When you see pain and suffering, you can’t help but feel it yourself as well. Regardless of whether this is happening in front of you or on TV, the intensity of the emotion is one that makes you want to run away. You are able to FEEL other people’s pain, and it is a complete nightmare for you to accept that another living being is in such state.
2. PEOPLE AROUND YOU CAN DRAIN YOU TOO EASILY
Especially those with intense inner struggles and the hypocrites – the lower the vibration that comes out of these people, the worse you feel being around them. People can be draining for you and you often choose to spend alone time to recharge. And large groups are definitely not your cup of tea because of this.
3. YOU FEEL DRAWN TO NATURE
You feel magically pulled toward the relaxing and pure energy of the natural environment. For you, the most calming feeling is that when you’re out in nature. Your sense of connection with the plants and animals is something which words can’t describe. And when it comes to animals, it feels like they trust you the moment they see you.
4. YOU SPOT LIARS FROM A MILE AWAY
Lying triggers a set of emotions which is far too familiar to you. And this is why you can easily read a person when they’re lying. No manipulation can trick you into thinking that someone’s telling the truth when you can feel the emotions which accompany the words they’re saying.
5. YOU ABSORB THE ENERGY OF OTHERS
It’s an incredibly powerful, but also a very draining experience which you can’t fight. The energy that emits from the people around you can often engulf you and make you feel either ecstatic and refreshed, or completely destroyed and negative. Your sensitivity to the energy of other people is something you need to work on – create a shield of sorts.
6. YOU CRAVE ALONE TIME
Because of the influence people can have on you, and because you often feel too drained to function because of it, you often crave alone time. These moments of solitude provide you with the necessary calm and peace, where you recharge your batteries and recover from the stress you’ve been enduring throughout the day.
7. YOU’RE A MAGNET FOR THE BROKEN
Empaths are healers, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that the broken will flock to you like you’ve set up an advert for them. On a basic level, they can sense your healing energy and your good intentions, which is what they really need. Be careful not to take on the low vibes they’ve been affected by, and be ready to provide them with the love and support you are so abundant with.
8. YOU’RE AN EMOTIONAL HEALER
Emotions are beautiful, but they can also be poisonous. And when they become poisonous for those around you, you know just the way to transmute their energy into a positive vibration which can heal and recuperate. Be careful, though. There are some that don’t want help – and they will only drain you of the positivity you’re willing to give without changing in any aspect.
9. YOU HAVE AN INCREDIBLE INTUITION
There is a pinpoint accuracy in your intuition – one which is difficult to imagine for most people. It’s not just a gut feeling: your intuition is your guide in the things you do and the choices you make. It helps you discover things beyond the surface and delve into the essence of things.
10. YOUR LIVING ENVIRONMENT AFFECTS YOU GREATLY
The environment affects us all, really, but unlike many people, you are able to sense its influence. Messy and untidy places trigger a peculiar set of emotions in you, you can’t help feeling affected by certain items and objects which radiate with negativity, and you absolutely enjoy places with a natural flow of energy.
11. YOU OFTEN OVERLOOK YOUR OWN PROBLEMS
As a healer and an altruist, you are so engaged in helping others, that you often tend to overlook your own problems. Your energy can sometimes be so spread in every direction that you forget to leave some for yourself, and this leads to a total chaos in your head. Remember, though: You can’t pour from an empty cup. Focus on yourself if you want to be able to help others.