Here are 30 of the most common traits. To see if you are an empath, check the ones that apply to you. A score of over 15 means you have a high probability of being an empathy.
Knowing: Empaths just know things without being told. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing. The more attuned they are the stronger this gift becomes.
Being in public places can be overwhelming: Places like shopping malls, supermarkets or stadiums where there are lots of people around can fill the empath with overwhelming emotions that are coming from others.
Feeling others emotions and taking them on as your own: This is a huge one for empaths. To some they will feel the emotions of those nearby and with others they will feel emotions from those a vast distance away, or both. The more adept empath will know if someone is having bad thoughts about them, even from great distance.
Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV or even hearing about it, is unbearable! The more attuned an empath becomes the worse it is and may make it so they eventually have to stop watching TV and reading newspapers altogether.
You know when someone is not being honest: If a friend or a loved one is telling you lies you know it (although many empaths try not to focus on this because knowing a loved one is lying can be painful). Or if someone is saying one thing but feeling/thinking another, you know.
Picking up physical symptoms from another: An empath will almost always develop the ailments of another (colds, eye infections, body aches and pains) especially those they’re closest to, somewhat like sympathy pains or false pregnancy that male empaths have when their wives are pregnant.
Digestive disorders and lower back problems: The solar plexus chakra is based in the centre of the abdomen and it’s known as the seat of emotions. This is where empaths feel the incoming emotions of another. This may weaken the area and eventually lead to anything from intestinal disruptions, stomach ulcers to IBS (too many other conditions to list here). Neck, back and lower back problems can develop from “carrying the weight of too heavy of a load, carrying other people’s burdens (among other things) and a person who has no knowledge of being an empath, will almost always be ungrounded.
Always looking out for the underdog (Rescuing): Anyone, human or animal who is suffering, in emotional pain or being bullied draws an empath’s attention and compassion.
Others will want to offload their problems on you, (more rescuing) even strangers: An empath can become a dumping ground for everyone else’s issues and problems, which, if they’re not careful, can end up as their own.
Constant fatigue: Empaths often get drained of energy, either from energy vampires or just taking on too much from others, which even sleep will not cure.
Addictive personality: Alcohol, drugs, sex, and food are some of the addictions that empaths turn to, to block out the emotions of others. It is a form of self protection in order to numb all the pain they have emotionally and physically taken on from others.
Drawn to healing, holistic therapies and all things metaphysical: Although many empaths would love to heal others, they can end up turning away from being healers (even though they have a natural ability for it), after they’ve studied and qualified, because they take on too much from the one they are trying to heal. This is true especially if they are unaware of their empathy. Anything of a supernatural nature is of interest to empaths and they don’t surprise or get shocked easily. Even at the revelation of what many others would consider unthinkable; for example, empaths would have known the world was round when others believed it was flat.
Exceptionally Creative: Especially in ideas and performance, such as singing, dancing, acting, drawing or writing. An empath will have a strong creative streak and a vivid imagination. This includes creativity in ideas of how to create businesses or new opportunities, sometimes for others as a way to help solve their problems for them. They become discouraged when others don’t immediately embrace their creative solutions for them.
Love of nature and animals: Being outdoors in nature is a must for empaths and pets are an essential part of their life.
Need for solitude: An empath will go stir-crazy if they don’t get quiet time. This is even obvious in empathic children.
Gets bored or distracted easily if not stimulated: Work, school and home life has to be kept interesting for an empath or they switch off from it and end up daydreaming or doodling.
Finds it impossible to do things they don’t enjoy: Feels like they are living a lie by doing so. To force an empath to do something they dislike through guilt or labeling them as idle will only serve in making them unhappy. It’s for this reason many empaths get labeled as being lazy.
Strives for the truth: This becomes more prevalent when an empath discovers his/her gifts and birthright. Anything untruthful feels plain wrong.
Always looking for the answers and knowledge: To have unanswered questions can be frustrating for an empath and they will endeavor to find an explanation. If they have a knowing about something they will look for confirmation. The downside to this is sometimes, an information
Always seeking adventure, freedom and travel: Empaths are free spirits.
Abhors clutter: It makes an empath feel weighed down and blocks the flow of energy.
Loves to daydream: An empath can stare into space for hours, in a world of their own and blissfully happy.
Finds routine, rules or control, imprisoning: Anything that takes away their freedom is debilitating to an empath, even poisoning.
Prone to carry weight even without necessarily overeating: The excess weight is a form of protection to stop the negative incoming energies having as much impact.
Excellent listener: An empath won’t talk about themselves much unless it’s to someone they really trust. They love to learn and know about others and genuinely care.
Intolerance to narcissism: Although kind and often very tolerant of others, empaths do not like to be around overly egotistical people, who put themselves first and refuse to consider another’s feelings or points of view other than their own.
They pick up on how the collective is feeling: The ability to feel the days of the week. An empath will get the ‘Friday Feeling’ if they work Fridays or not.. The first couple of days of a long holiday weekend (Christmas for example) can feel to them like the world is smiling, calm and relaxed. Sunday evenings, Mondays and Tuesdays of a work week have may have a slightly heavy feeling.
May choose not to buy previously owned items such as antiques, vintage or second-hand: Anything that’s been pre-owned carries the energy of the previous owner. An empath will even prefer to have a brand new car or house (if they are in the financial situation to do so) with no residual energy.
Sense the energy of food: Many empaths don’t like to eat meat or poultry because they can feel the vibrations of the animal (especially if the animal suffered), even if they like the taste.
Can appear moody, shy, aloof, disconnected: Depending on how an empath is feeling will depend on what face they show to the world. They can be prone to mood swings and if they’ve taken on too much negative energy from others, they will appear quiet and unsociable, even miserable. An empath detests having to pretend to be happy when they’re sad, this only adds to their burden.
If you can say yes to most or all of the above then you are most definitely an empath.