It’s a crazy life, being an empath. Just take a look at the list of traits empathetic people share, below. It’s crazy.

As an empath myself, I know firsthand how being an empath is sometimes a wonderful dream, and sometimes a terrible nightmare.

Take a look at the traits empathetic people share, below, and let me know how many are true of you.

If you yourself are an empath, read my article on being an empath without letting it kill you.

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10 Traits Empathetic People Share

1: We Heal Ourselves By Healing Others

One traits empathetic people share is that in order to heal themselves, they have to heal other people. This is why a lot of empaths excel in jobs like therapy and teaching, jobs where we can use our ability to know another person’s emotions.

The reason empaths want to heal other people is this: We feel other people’s pain as though it were our own. We want to heal others because we can feel their suffering. This is a very noble trait. It’s one reason why we empaths are such good people.

Plus, research shows that compassion does heal. 

2: We Immediately Know What Other People Are Feeling

If you have ever wondered how someone is able to sense your feelings, it is probably because they are an empaths. We empaths pick up on other people’s emotions the way a Dyson vacuum cleaner pick up on cat hair. We don’t even do it one purpose It’s just an innate ability in us to know what other people are feeling and to feel it ourselves. This is both a blessing and a curse because we suffer when other people suffer, but we also feel great when we se other people who are happy.

It is like we have the psychic ability to feel what others feel.

3: We Are Actually Kinda Addicted To Emotions

One of the weird traits empathetic people share is that we are actually a little bit addicted to emotions. As an empath, even though I feel an obscene amount of emotional pain, part of me likes it. I feel very on edge when there are no emotions and when everyone else is completely unemotional. When I’m in emotional sterile environments I always feel like something must be wrong and I’m just not aware of it.

4: We Actually Cannot Ignore Another Person’s Feelings

One time I was out at a bar with a friend when she started feeling sad. I wanted to talk to her about it. But she didn’t feel like talking. She kept it all bottled up inside and said she wanted to be alone. Problem was, as an empath you just can’t ignore people when the are suffering. Because we feel other people’s pain like it is our own, it is insanely difficult just to let people be when they are upset. You desperately want to help them. Because until you see that person happy again you will feel their pain. So you yourself can’t be happy until you cure the emotional suffering.

5: We Tend To Hang With Sad People

Maybe this is just me, but I think it’s true for a lot of empaths that we are drawn to people who are upset. Again this is because so badly want to heal the world of emotional pain. For me, helping someone through an emotional problem is the single most rewarding thing in the world. Taking someone from sad to happy makes me feel really good deep in my heart. As an empath, there really is nothing better than helping another person overcome emotional pain.

6: We Care More About Other People’s Pain Than Our Own

Here is a crazy trait empathetic people share: We care more about other people’s emotional wellbeing than our own. Show us a person who is suffering and we will do just about anything to help them through it. But at the same time, we can go months without resolving our own emotional problems. A lot of empathetic people are selfless in that way. We are usually more willing to help other people than we are to help ourselves.

7: We Spend So Long Helping Others Our Own Lives Get Off Track

Because we empaths are all about healing other people, we tend to put our own lives on the backburner. The more empathetic you are, the more likely you are to sacrifice yourself to help other people. This can be a massive burden. Spending years of your life helping other people at the expense of your own wellbeing can mean falling behind others—who tend to focus on themselves. Hence why another trait empathetic people share is that our own lives can fall off track.

8: We Get Mad When Other People Don’t See Our Pain Even When We Don’t Tell Them About It

Empaths forget that other people cannot sense emotions as easily as we can. So, when we ourselves are in pain, we wonder why nobody notices. This can make us feel like we are being ignored or rejected, when in actual fact it is simply because nobody knows we are in pain because we never told them.

Because of this problem, some empaths end up resentful. We feel like we’ve been there emotionally for other people who weren’t there for us. This is not fair to other people because it’s not their fault they cant feel emotions like we can.

9: A Lot Of Us Are Deliberately Lonely

The life of a highly sensitive empath can be emotionally overbearing. It is incredibly tiring constantly picking up on other people’s emotions. It drains us out. And because of this, a lot of empaths keep themselves to themselves. They can’t handle the emotional overload, so they keep a distance.

Here is how to use meditation for loneliness.

10: They Make The Best Leaders In The World

If an empath is resilient, if they can tolerate the burden of constantly feeling other people’s emotions, the will make a great leader The ability to sense what other people are feeling is a true power. In managers and leaders it can mean being aware of problems before they arise. It also means knowing how and when to talk to people. Because empaths intuitively know what others are feeling, they are very capable of leading people. And because they deeply care about the feelings of others, they make highly compassionate and loving leaders.

Those Are 10 Of The Best And Worst Traits Empathetic People Share

How many of these traits of empathetic people do you share? Are you an empath? Do you have the ability to psychically sense other people’s emotions?

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Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.