About 15% of the population is thought to be highly sensitive - and a good chunk of those are empaths. So, what is an empath? These highly sympathetic, intuitive people are unbelievably perceptive to other people's emotions. Not only can they imagine them, but they actually absorb them. This means your bad vibes can ruin a perfectly happy empath's day.
Having an enormous sense of empathy is a blessing and a curse. It's an almost psychic-like power that allows you to be so perceptive you can pick up on what people will do before they do it. It allows you to understand the world in a way other people cannot, but it comes at a price. It's exhausting - really, really exhausting.
Being an empath is complicated, and empaths tend to gravitate towards difficult relationships with narcissists and those who suck their energy dry. One of the major signs you’re an empath is that your friends rely on you to talk them through their issues. You're a natural-born listener and fixer. It often feels like a thankless job, but someone's got to do it.
These facts about empaths can help you tell if you're one of the sensitive few.
You Prefer Spending Time Alone Or In Small Groups
You're Highly Sensitive
You Feel Sad When Your Friends Are Sad - Even If It Shouldn't Affect You
You Date A Lot Of Narcissists
You're The Resident Therapist In Your Group Of Friends
You've Got An Addictive Personality