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What Is An Empath? 7 Signs You Might Be One!

What Does Is Mean To Be An Empath?

Does your mood change when you’re around certain people? Do you find it exhausting to be around large crowds? Do you find yourself attracting people who seem to suck the energy right out of you? These are common signs you might be an empath!

What does it mean to be an empath? An empath is someone who feels what other people around them are feeling. They feel their energy and emotions as if it’s their own. Sounds sort of like a super power doesn’t it?

As an empath, I can tell you it is both a blessing and a curse. Being intuitive means I can understand people really well, but absorbing feelings, both good and bad, is exhausting. And, sometimes it’s hard to separate other’s emotions, from my own.

Empaths Often Feel Misunderstood

Empath’s are also often misunderstood and labelled as socially awkward, introverted or anxious.

I’m writing this post because so many empaths don’t understand what is is and how to manage and protect their own energy. Before I fully accepted and understood that I was an empath and embraced it, I was struggling. Now I’m able to take better control of my emotions and my life.

Empaths Suffer From Emotional Exhaustion

Empaths are prone to feeling run down because they give so much, and they absorb everything. And energy vampires, aka people that suck the energy right out of you, are drawn to empaths because they see their sensitivity and compassion, as a way in.

Do you find large crowds exhausting? Or maybe you feel more exhausted after hanging around certain people? It’s exhausting absorbing and experiencing everyone else’s energy.

Related posts that will help you as an empath:

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How To Use The Emotional Scale

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Have you ever wondered ‘ what does it mean to be an empath?’

Many people are empaths and don’t even know it, so they have trouble understanding what they’re feeling.

I’ve struggled most of my life to surround myself with positive energy. There is just so much negativity out there and when you’re an empath, it’s hard to separate your feelings, from others.

10 Empath Signs To Look For

So what is an empath? Here are 10 signs you are an empath!

Empaths Need Solitude

Empaths need time alone. Since they are easily over-whelmed and drained by the feelings of those around them, empaths need to spend time alone to replenish their energy. It also helps them reconnect with their own feelings.

If you find yourself exhausted around crowds and energized when you’re by yourself, that’s probably because you’re an empath.

Empaths Are Sensitive

Empaths are super sensitive. They have big hearts and are often so caring about others because they feel everything so deeply. They also tend to put others before themselves.

Sensitivity doesn’t mean they cry all the time. I’m an empath, but rarely cry.

Empaths Absorb Other People’s Moods

Empaths absorb other people’s moods. If you’re around negativity, such as anger or anxiety, it can wreck havoc on an empath. When you’re around love and positivity, an empath will thrive!

Empaths Are Usually Introverts

Empaths are introverts. Most empaths are introverted because they feel overwhelmed by crowds, or have been scarred by too many negative people’s moods! Personally, I’m cautious of who I let in my circle, because I’ve let some negative energy in before. Some people are really good at disguising their bad energy, especially narcissists. And empaths are drawn to them because they think they can help them!

Empaths usually prefer small groups of good people with good vibes.

Empaths Have Trouble In Relationships

Empaths can have difficulty in relationships. To be so close to someone else is hard for empaths because they don’t want to lose their identity. It’s very important for them to be with a positive, understanding partner. Empaths need time alone to connect with themselves. This can be hard for many people to understand.

Empaths Are Prey To Energy Vampires

Empaths are prey to energy vampires. Their highly sensitive nature makes them an easy target for energy sucking vampires. These ‘vampires’ drain the empath’s energy both mentally and emotionally. Know the signs of an energy vampire and stay away from these types!

Empaths Are Giving

Empaths are giving. Sometimes they give too much and end up completely drained. They are usually very patient and calm, which makes them the perfect victim for energy vampires and narcissists. Be careful with who you spend your time with and protect your energy.

Empaths Have Great Imaginations

Empaths have great imaginations. Daydreaming and imagining takes empaths to a whole other level because they can really take it all in and absorb the experience. I have always been a daydreamer and get lost in my own world.

Benefits Of Being An Empath

There are many benefits of being an empath! You can feel love and give love like no other. You are very compassionate and understanding. Your friends come to you for advice because you have great intuition and truly care about the outcome.

The Downside Of Being An Empath

There is also a real burden that comes with being an empath. You can’t just turn it off, whenever you want or when you’re around bad energy.

You absorb the feelings of those around you, whether you want to or not.

Some people have bad energy. They drain you, both mentally and emotionally.

The life of an empath is exhausting, overwhelming and sometimes confusing.

If you want to learn more about how to separate your own emotions and protect your energy from negative people, check out my post below:

Wrapping Up Empath Signs

I hope you understand the empath signs to look for so you can identify if you too are an empath! Empaths are people who really do become who they hang out with. If you’re an empath, it’s very important to protect your energy, give yourself time alone to re-energize, and surround yourself with positivity.

Steph Social

Steph is a spiritual writer from Canada. She is a former journalist and magazine writer, who later went on to study the spiritual side of life. She shares her knowledge of manifesting and the law of attraction to help others change their lives through affirmations, self care, journaling, meditation and intentional living! Also- an INFJ, Reflector and empath so you'll find a lot of personality type stuff here too:)


  1. I love this article! I recently discovered that I am an empath, and am trying to better understand it/myself everyday.

    1. There are definitely good and bad things about it!
      Thanks for reading:) your comment means a lot to me:)

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  4. StephNotSocial says:

    I will be 41 in 3 days and just learned that I am an empath within the last 3-4 years. It’s scary. It’s exhausting in all ways. I tend to isolate because I get so overwhelmed that I literally want to run away. I have learned to control my emotional breakdowns, I used to cry so often it was sickening, mostly because I didn’t know why. With a bit of knowledge came the power to somewhat control it. I feel broken, I feel empty. I also feel the need to somehow make my heart grow bigger because no matter what amount of love I willingly give will ever be enough. By my standards. I’ll never live up to my own expectations. It isn’t others that scare me. It’s my own self. Please help me, advise,instructions, directions, even demands. I’m willing to try nearly anything to be a little less empathetic.

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  6. Lauren says:

    Someone sugested i look into this because they said my story sounds like an emoath but how come i can absorb energy fron someone but also project it onto others it happend to me by accident i didnt know wjat i was doing

    1. We are all made up of energy, so we all project energy. Some people are more aware of other peoples’ energy and so when you project it, some people pick up on it. Being an empath, we are often full of emotional energy so we project that.

  7. Cari says:

    I recently left a position where the leader was a narcissist and my energy has been drained… how do I get that spark abs creativity back and recover from the damage that had been done?

    1. Energy clearing can help! I’m working on a post about this soon, but what helps is – meditation, yoga and deep breathing, getting out into nature and practicing gratitude!!

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