Another Day, another article. For those of you who have been feeling misunderstood, walking around feeling an overwhelming amount of emotions, getting physically sick from the overwhelming amount of negative emotions. These and other characteristics may be an indication that you are an empath, but if you're having trouble explaining yourself as empath to others, then no worries, direct them to this article.
First thing is first, one can not develop themselves into an empath, its a characteristic that you are born with, but you are not aware of this characteristic until much later in life. Also, this is more of curse than a blessing. This is because an empath is someone who is able to understand and in some cases actually feel what other individuals are feeling, and therefore can sometimes detect the emotion of someone else without even asking. It sounds crazy, but trust it is real, as I have interacted with others who can relate to this same characteristic.
If you're questioning whether or not you are an empath and to what capacity, then take note of the following the actions or internal aspects a typical empath deals with. The major characteristic of an empath is the ability to feel one's pain. However, do not think this the only thing that permanately dictates you as true empath. To take it step further, there are some people who experience being physically sick if there is an overwhelming amount of negative emotions from other people that empath feels. However, empathy is not always associated with negative emotions. If an empath is surrouned by those who uplifting and happy then an empath is more than likely to feel the same way.
While it can be emotionally draining to be an empathetic person, it is possible to turn off this trait so one is not dwelling in a pool of negative emotions, and only gravitating towards well rounded energy. I've learned that through multiple rounds of meditation and practice, you can ultimately control your empathetic tendecies.
I hope this brought a better understanding to the life of empath, and how to help them heal through all the emotions they experience. Keep living and stay grounded,