Are You An Empath? Ways To Find Balance

Amy Schaeffer

Empaths are people that may have an extraordinary ability to sense the emotions, feelings, and happenings of other individuals or even animals. Some people may call this hocus-pocus, but psychology points to the fact that empaths do, in fact, exist. According to Eliselebeau, there are many psychological and biological components that may exist to create an empath. Since science supports that empaths may exist, it is important to understand that if you are an empath, you may need to find different coping mechanisms than the majority of people. Empaths are easily drained emotionally and physically because they intuitively are feeling the emotions, including pain, of others. What are some signs that you are an empath?

Although not all highly sensitive people are empaths, it's likely that many of them are. In a landmark study of 462 healthy subjects, a researcher named Kagan found that one-fifth of these children were more reactive and became more distressed when exposed to unfamiliar visual, auditory and tactile stimulations - the definition that many childhood psychologists would call "sensitive." In the vast majority of cases, a child's personality is formed early and remains consistent throughout their lives, barring trauma or other life-changing events.

Although people who have identified themselves as "empaths" may have much to give the world, it can come at a tremendous price to them because it requires a lot of physical and psychological energy. These individuals can benefits from some strategies taken from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) such as guided imagery and other positive coping mechanisms, according to Thought Co.

Some of these may include:

[Featured Image by Hero Images/Getty Images]