Are you severely affected by the energy of spaces, groups of people, and individuals? When you are with someone who is experiencing intense emotions such as exhilaration or fear, do you feel their emotions in your own system and body? If you don't have enough time to pull back and recharge, can you feel distracted, overwhelmed, or drained? Is it easy for you to understand someone else's perspective or emotional experience even when they are not communicating it? Do you feel deeply and are you deeply moved by music, stories in books or films or inspiring things that you experience in the world?
If you answered yes to some of these questions, you are likely an empath, someone who can sense not only your own energy and emotions, but also the energies and emotions of those around you. Perhaps you were a sensitive child or you may have awakened to that sensitivity later in life. Below we examine the root of your sensitivity and how you are a little different from friends, family members and co-workers who are not as sensitive: