Brittany Hambleton
Brittany Hambleton
February 15, 2024 ·  4 min read

10 Strange Behaviors of an Authentic Empath

Many people are beginning to realize that they might actually be an empath. It can be both a blessing and a curse. Once you learn how to protect yourself, you will find it much easier to traverse this world without being energetically destroyed on a regular basis.

1. You Take On Other People’s Energy

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You can’t avoid it. This is the essential trait of being an empath. You innately feel other people’s emotions and energy, then you begin to mirror the same emotion. If someone is crying, it can cause the empath to tear up as well. If someone around you is angry, you can feel this anger burning through your aura. If someone around you is negative or fearful, you begin to sink low with them and you can’t seem to do anything to stop it. Does this sound familiar? The upside is that once you become aware that this isn’t the norm (non-empaths do none of these things), then you are already halfway towards finding a way to deal with your special abilities.

2. High Natural Intuition

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Empaths have unique skills that the average person doesn’t seem to have. You feel things psychically. You know what others are feeling just by seeing them. You can chat with someone and know their intentions without hearing it. You understand how people feel as if they were an extension of yourself. Your intuition never shuts down.

3. People Drain You Easily

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This can be one of the biggest stressors for an empath. When you are around other people, you are so open and giving with your energy that you take on other people’s problems. This leaves you feeling tired as a result. If you are constantly around other people on a regular basis, willingly handing out your energy, you can find yourself with nothing left for yourself. The more and more drained you become, the more impossible it becomes to be around other people. Something eventually needs to change. The answer is to pull back and stop handing out your energy so easily. Only give to those who deserve to have it, like your close tribe. Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself and treat yourself. Put yourself first!

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4. You Attract Broken People

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People who are searching for energy can sense that you are willing to hand it out for free. People might approach you in public places because you are sending out a message that you are willing to give your time to strangers and offer help. This is great until you run out of energy. When an empath begins to ignore strangers with problems, they magically stop approaching you. They do not sense your free energy anymore. You were not put on this planet to heal every person that crosses your path. Refer to #3.

5. Crowds Have A Negative Impact On You

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This may sound strange to many people, but not to the empath. Events, cities, crowded rooms or even parties can overload your senses. Nightmare for the empath. An aggressive person passing by you can feel like an energetic slap to the face. Do you want to stress less, sleep better, and feel abundantly happier… without drugs or anything crazy?

6. Living Location Is Important

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Empaths tend to feel the pain of the world, whether they want to or not. Many empaths choose to live in areas where the population is much smaller and the energy level is no longer off the charts. Living in a high-activity area can drain an empath. Empaths would much prefer to walk in a lonely place to recharge their batteries.

7. You Are VERY Sensitive

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This might seem obvious, but it is one of the most typical traits of an empath. Some empaths might even feel physical symptoms that are connected to what others around them are experiencing. If there is an unpleasant scene on TV you might leave the room if you can’t bear to see or feel it.

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8. You Can Often See Through Lies

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You know when someone is lying. There is no need to second guess yourself. You aren’t sure how you know, but you know it instantly. Empaths know who to trust and who to never rely on. It’s easy for an empath.

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9. Emotional Healing Is Your Gift

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Due to your endless compassion and time given to the problems of others, you are actually healing them. This is why you attract everyone who is in desperate need of healing. As mentioned earlier in #4. You should focus this ability on your loved ones, not everyone is deserving of your healing. Only use your gifts when necessary. Don’t downplay yourself if you are an empath. People would kill to have a friend like you. Not everyone has someone with healing powers. So understand your worth, some people want to be friends and others want to steal your gift.

10. Empaths Ignore Their Own Problems

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Empaths are professionals when it comes to ignoring their issues. They get so caught up in healing others, they never get a chance to talk about their own. You carry the weight of your problems along with you everywhere you go. You know how to handle everyone’s problems but your own. At some point, you eventually break down. All your pent-up emotions eventually come out. You need to learn how to take care of your issues when they emerge. They shouldn’t be stuffed away. Take a break if needed. That way you won’t melt down or explode at someone in the future.

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