As a self-declared empath myself, I often get asked quite a lot how you know if you are an empath. These are just a few of the points that can indicate that you are.
You need peace and solitude
You are very intuitive
You love nature / animals
Strangers tell you their problems
It feels like you’re always searching for answers
You know when people are lying or upset but not showing it externally
You may also be quite moody (on the inside even if you don’t show it externally).
What is happening is that you are naturally tuning into the energy around you- that of the seasons, the moon, the collective.
If you’ve ever done a Myers-Briggs Personality test, you can relate this to the ‘Sensing’ or ‘Intuition’ part of the scale, and typically (though not always) empaths may be more introverted than extroverted simply because they are more open to receiving information and listening than extroverts tend to be (though not always!)
Science is still catching up on measuring this, but we know we feel it. Read The Divine Matrix by Gregg Braden for a good explanation with links to scientific studies.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Learning to form a protective bubble around yourself and to distinguish what you are feeling vs. what others are projecting onto you is key to not being overwhelmed.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you empathic? ✨