Have you ever heard the word “empath” and wondered what it meant? Have you ever been drawn to explore what an empath is? Or is this your very first time hearing this term?
Although I’m not always a huge fan of labels because they can get us boxed in sometimes, in this case, I find that this term can be incredibly helpful and illuminating.
It can help us develop awareness of our patterns, habits and even feelings that we have never noticed before, and open the door for incredible shifts and transformation in our lives.
That was definitely the case for me: when I discovered this term and so clearly saw myself in it, not only did I begin to appreciate so many qualities of mine. I also understood how I’m different from many members of my family and friends. It helped me shift my expectations, and also engage in better more appropriate self care for me.
At the end of the post, I’ve attached an awesome quiz that will help you determine whether you are an empath. Pay attention to the questions: they are particularly telling about the qualities of empaths!
So what is the meaning of an empath?
An empath is a highly feeling, empathic individual. You may walk into a room and immediately sense what the others are feeling, without even knowing them. You may take on other people’s emotions, sensations or even physical pain and actually sense them in your own body.
In the most basic level, an empath is a deep feeler who can easily attune to other people’s life experience and emotions.
Empaths can be both introverts and extroverts: meaning they may gain energy from being around people, or gain energy from alone time.
Empaths can also be highly sensitive people, but not necessarily. Highly sensitive people (or HSP’s) have an increased nervous system, and they have higher sensitivity to to physical, emotional, or social stimuli than other people. So for example, they feel pain more, loud sounds bother them a lot, etc.
Are you an empath: here is a quiz to find out!
Take the Empath Quiz