A lot of people claim to have empathy, but only a small number can be called authentic empaths. Authentic empaths don't just feel empathy; It's an experience that follows them wherever they go, regardless of the situation. It also makes them the direct opposite of psychopaths and sociopaths, both of whom experience very low amounts of empathy.
When an authentic empath goes into a room full of people, they can easily read the thoughts and feelings of each person in the room, even if they don't interact with them.
Are you an authentic empath? Here are several clues that will answer that question.
Authentic empaths don't just experience other people's emotions, they also copy them. They may feel sad when they see other sad people, but they are also likely to become very happy during joyful celebrations. It's who they are.
Empaths have the uncanny ability to understand the true motives of other people. This is true even in situations where other people are being evasive or outright lying. They are able to feel the energies of others which enables them to look past deceptions to the truth of the matter.
Because empaths can easily read people's emotions, they are very difficult to lie to. They can sense malice or deceit behind a smiling face, and they are also skilled at figuring out other people's secrets by reading their emotions.
Because they experience other people's emotions so acutely, authentic empaths tend to put other people ahead of them. As far as they are concerned, the happiness of other people might as well be their own happiness.
Authentic empaths don't just feel emotions, and they also feel sensations. They can feel pain, discomfort and even pleasure. These sensations are so bound up with actual emotions that most authentic empaths feel them as extensions of emotion, rather than as sensations.
Authentic empaths may be said to have 'thin skin' when it comes to disturbing or unusual images, sounds, smells, and people. They are also more likely to know if something is wrong and then identify its source. Finally, they also have stronger reactions whenever they encounter something or someone that disturbs them. Some may get sick, or they may even faint.
Because empaths experience the emotions of other so acutely, they also get emotionally drained very quickly. Unlike other people who experience emotions slowly and gradually, empaths experience them in one strong gulp — This exhausts them very quickly.
Finally, authentic empaths are rejuvenated by a little solitude, where they can focus on their own emotions and not have to worry about others. Some isolation allows empaths to recharge their emotional energy. If they recently experienced something horrible or disgusting, a little solitude will enable them to recover from their unpleasant experiences.