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Protection Tips From an Actualized Empath

Can you easily read the emotional energy of people and places, and often experience extreme swings in moods related to the shifting of what those around you are feeling? If so, you may be considered an empath. Empaths are highly sensitive individuals, who have a keen ability to sense what people around them are thinking and feeling. Psychologists may use the term empath to describe a person that experiences a great deal of empathy, often to the point of taking on the emotions of others at their own expense.

According to research findings, empaths likely have hyper-responsive mirror neurons- the group of brain cells responsible for triggering feelings like compassion. This makes it possible for someone to feel especially sensitive to electromagnetic fields generated by a person’s brain and heart, sensing the emotions felt by those around them.


Empaths are extremely sensitive to the atmosphere of their surroundings as well. When surrounded by happiness, peace and calm, they flourish, because they take on those qualities internally themselves. For the same reason, chaotic or depressing environments can pull energy out of them. When someone is sick or injured, an empath might even feel their ailment as if it’s their own. As a result, they are natural caregivers and are drawn to professions such as nurse, doctor, or healer. It is difficult to feel someone's pain and not attempt to assist in some manner.

Empathic ability is often considered a spiritual gift, but until fully actualized can feel like a curse to those who struggle with maintaining their energetic boundaries.