Empaths are special people because they connect with people quickly. They just sense when to call or check on someone and can be misunderstood as they can be called “oversensitive.”
Empaths deserve some special care because of their abilities. They feel everything all the time. It goes beyond feeling sympathy. They don’t just feel caring or concern for others. They feel what others are feeling at the time they are feeling it.
The brains of empaths are wired differently than others. Research is ongoing that identifies brain cells linked to empathy. These cells are highly active in empaths. Being an empath means they need to stay away from those with opposite traits, like narcissists, psychopaths, and sociopaths. Empaths understand how others affect them so they seek to protect themselves from connections that can be bad for them. This means they may hide certain things from those around them to be cautious.
Here are 10 things empaths don’t want people to know:
- They are highly sensitive.
This is, in part, to be strong for others but is also because many in their past called them oversensitive. They got the idea at a young age that their sensitivity wasn’t “normal” so they don’t share it with many people.
- Emotion absorption ability.
Empaths are emotional sponges. They are sad when others are sad and happy when others are happy. They experience these ups and downs as if it is their lives as if it is their emotions.
- They are introverts.
While empaths can be great fun and excellent conversationalists, they tend to avoid other people at times. Absorbing everyone else’s emotions can be exhausting! Sometimes, they need a break to be by themselves and recover from the emotional drain.
- They are linked to nature.
Empaths love nature. They feel peace in an outdoor space and feel this more strongly than most. Being in nature also helps empaths rejuvenate their psyche and retain positivity.
- They are a lie detector.
Ever heard the saying “you can read them like a book”? Well, this is an empath. They can see into the hearts and minds of other people. This is why they are so good at uncovering lies. They can easily detect lies because they can feel the person’s true intentions, motives, and emotions.
- They give too much.
Empaths love taking care of others and sometimes overdo it. They can end up with a lot of negative emotions from all this giving. It is hard for them to retreat to recharge at times because they feel guilty about taking time off from helping others. They must remember to take care of themselves too.
- They have increased intuition.
Empaths understand and experience their feeling well, so they know the voice of intuition when it comes to important decisions. They don’t often share this because others wouldn’t understand.
- They tend to be stressed.
Stress comes with experiencing all these strong emotions and is heightened when the empath can do nothing to fix a situation. This could be feeling strongly about an adult child’s situation but unable to convince them to stick to the correct path for a resolution. Empaths also take on too many responsibilities and that can add stress.
- They are easy to take advantage of.
Empaths are so good-natured and pure that they draw manipulative people. These manipulators can easily fool and take advantage of an empath. The manipulators know exactly which strings to pull to get what they want. Empaths aren’t dumb though. They become cautious when they feel they are being manipulated.
- They love deeply.
No emotion is more intense than love and no one feels it more deeply than the empath. This is their natural state of being. This love extends to everyone in their lives. Empaths also have a love for the community and society, in general.
Understanding the empath in your life will help you treat them with care and appreciation. They may need time and space from time to time and may react differently than you in certain situations because of what they are feeling. Once you understand that, you can help them work through the situation and give them what they need.