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16 Things You’ll Notice When You’re In The Presence Of An Empath

You're standing in line at the grocery store and the person behind you suddenly begins pouring their heart out to you.

You feel an immediate connection with them because, well, because they are human, and you can't help but experience their experience right along with them.

Have you ever wondered why a certain friend seems to feel more than others? It could be that he or she is an empath.

An empath hones a magnetism that instantly draws people toward them. It's not that they are sympathetic--it's more.

An empath has the ability to not only feel another's pain, but absorb it, too.

Here are 16 signs you are in the company of an Empath:

1. They are often described as "too sensitive" or even mushy.

This seems to imply that feeling is a bad thing, but being sensitive is an indication that you are still connected to the heart of the human experience.

In a world growing continuously more desensitized, we are need of sensitivity. So, if someone tells you this, take it as a compliment. Being sensitive is a gift.

Want to learn more about empaths? Check out this article: Every Empath Will Try To Hide These 10 Things From You

2. They really, really hate being lied to.

One of the key traits of an empath is being able to sniff out a lie.

Because empaths hone such deep understanding toward human nature, they see lying as absolutely unnecessary. Lying will strike an empath right in the heart.

3. They feel directly impacted by negative images.

Empaths are mostly unable to read or view negative images and forget about them. They soon want to avoid the news or stories of heartbreak at all costs.

4. Crowds overwhelm them.

One of the unusual traits of an empath is their amphibious nature—they are both introverts and extroverts.

However, while they absorb energy from a crowd, their sensitivity toward the ebb of flow of emotions will leave them exhausted after being around so many people.

5. They find peace and happiness in helping others.

Your true sense of happiness occurs when you feel that you are being in some way a service for another human.

When someone needs someone, an empath is the person who will drop what he or she is doing and rush to help. When push comes to shove, an empath will be there.

6. They think twice before pouring another cup of coffee or taking medicine.

Empaths react differently to stimulants like caffeine, which tends to increase anxiety or agitation. Similarly, empaths will often react adversely to medications, and thus, avoid using synthetic solutions.

7. They can’t be anyone but themselves.

In other words, empaths are raw and painstakingly honest. They see no reason to put on a false front. Empaths embrace who they are—the good and the bad.

They accept the bad as a work in progress. Because of such deep self-insight, empaths epitomize true friendship.

8. They know what others are going through and experience it with them.

Empaths are deeply connected to those who they care about, and they care about everyone. So, when someone is going through a rough patch in life—from a break-up to major dental work—empaths experience the pain too.

9. They have an incredible bond with animals.

Pets don't exist to empaths, as "pet" implies ownership. Rather, for the empath, animals are family.

Places like pet stores and zoos will deeply disturb the empath because animals should be free and not shoved in cages to be gawked at.

10. They are used to being emotionally and physically exhausted.

Carrying the weight of others' emotions and pain, joy and happiness takes a toll on the empath.

For the lucky empaths, knowing how to process and let go of the daily weight will be an accomplishment, though, still exhausting.

For other empaths, learning to let go will take time and can sometimes lead to utter debilitation.

11. They have a talent for advice.

Empaths know how to listen, and they listen to every word you say. They put themselves in your shoes.

For this reason, it would be unwise to discard the advice of an empath. Nothing they say is wasted breath. They are invested in your success and well-being.

12. They are easily distracted.

Sound familiar? Empaths' sensitivity causes them to notice the small things many people look past.

They will notice the girl standing alone in the corner, the couple arguing at a nearby table, the sad look in a child's eyes—you get the idea.

It would be very hard for an empath to get much done working at a coffee shop.

13. They have no room in their life for a narcissist.

An empath will flee at the sign of a narcissist. This is perhaps the one trait they will not invest in trying to help. They know it's a losing pursuit.

As you can imagine, empaths attract narcissists and they share a very unique bond.

We've explained this toxic relationship in a previous article, which you can read here: The Brutal Truth Behind The Toxic Relationship Between A Narcissist And An Empath

14. They are hyper sensitive to sound.

Empaths operate on a unique frequency, which is most likely why certain pitches, buzzes, and bangs can easily disrupt them.

For this reason, empaths will avoid places where loud noise is constantly present. Likewise, pleasing sounds are felt just as intensely, but obviously much more welcomed.

15. They are an above-average listener.

Be assured, when you are in the presence of an empath, they will not have eyes that glaze over while spoken to, they listen—even to strangers or passers-by on the streets.

Even more, empaths are able to listen without judging, so you can trust your words will not be wasted breath.

16. They have a strange effect on electronics.

Say what? It's true. Empaths have the uncanny ability to cause disruption in electrical currents. It's not unusual for an empath to experience strange glitches on the computer, a phone that dies too quickly, or the like.

If it has an electrical current, empaths will surely experience some strange phenomena.

If you find that you know an empath, consider yourself lucky!

Likewise, the next time someone tells you that you are too sensitive or the lights flicker when you enter a room, you can be comforted in knowing that you hone an incredible understanding of the human heart and the human condition.

Embrace this beautiful gift.

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Uplifting

Why the strongest women often feel so broken inside

Radiating strength and confidence, she seems impervious to the stress and pressures of life. Her problems never look real, even if they are the same problems that tear you to pieces.

No matter what life throws at her- career stumbles, failed romances, family squabbles, you name it- they all roll off of her like water off of a duck's back. Somehow despite it all, she maintains an impeccable veneer of calm and contentment.

Her smile is guaranteed to light up every room she enters. Not only does she remember every special occasion, but she's the first one to show up with a beautifully wrapped and thought out gift.

She's not just the first one to volunteer, but she stays afterward to clean up and make sure everyone has a safe way home.

On the surface, her life is perfect. She has it all. Everything happens as if she planned her life down to the millisecond.

She is a role model not just for young women, but for all women. By all accounts, she is flawless.

But what people fail to realize is that she oozes power and confidence because that is precisely the persona she wants the world to see. It's because she's strong and successful.

But little do they know, that's exactly what she decides to display of her. But behind her carefully constructed wall lies a heart that is holding in the darkness she doesn't want the world to see.

Her pain is locked away, deep down in places nobody could find. And even if they did scratch the surface of her pain, there is no way they could fathom the depths of her sorrow.

After all, why would anyone think she even can feel pain when all anyone sees is energetic bliss?

The only way anyone could begin to comprehend her pain would be to see her at that moment when she collapses on the bed all alone, the darkness her only companion.

She seeks solace in sleep, but the nightmares chase away any chance of relief. Her vulnerabilities bubble to the surface, and it is all she can do not to drown.

She chooses to suffer the slings and arrows of life in solitude, assuming a burden that nobody should have to endure alone. Her resistance comes not from a place of vanity or narcissism, but from abject fear.

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Because everyone believes she is living her best life without any effort or struggle, she does everything in her power to fulfill that perception. Ironically, her perfect life is the roadblock to that very goal.

Despite her perceived invincibility, she is emotionally rotting from within. She is a ticking time bomb.

But in the midst of all of her internal chaos, she loses sight of one critical fact. She is not only powerful, but she has an inner strength far beyond her realization.

She is the person everyone sees because every morning she wakes up and locks her darkest thoughts away. They don't beat her; she overcomes them.

Every single day the battle begins again, but she not only never fails to fight, she never fails to win. And that drive and willingness to sustain the fight makes her every bit as amazing on the inside as she appears on the outside.

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