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The Dark Side Of Empathy No One Talks About

The word “empathy” is a term used to describe the ability to recognize, live, share someone else’s feelings, sadness or joy, whether or not explicitly expressed.

Without it, a person cannot be capable of compassion, that is, an emotional reaction to someone else’s suffering.

In current language, empathy is often referred to as “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes” and should not be confused with altruism, neither with compassion nor with sympathy, in other words, the sharing of similar feelings or emotions.

Alfred Adler, an Austrian psychotherapist and founder of the school of individual psychology, explained:

“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.”

15 Signs Of An Empath 

#1 You Have An Open Mindman practicing a meditation in nature

Empaths have no problem learning new things about the world and actively seek out information not found in the mainstream news, TV shows, or movies.

They want to learn things considered weird or underground by society as a whole and find the everyday way of living too boring and restrictive.

”I find television very educating,” Groucho Marx said. ”Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

If you got restless and easily distracted in school and always felt like there was so much more out there to learn, you are most likely an empath.

#2 Inquisitive

You truly care about everything and everyone, so you are instinctively driven to ask questions or to do research to understand things and people on a deeper level.

#3 You Are Sensitive To Light And NoiseRead People’s Emotions

City noises, loud sirens, traffic, bright lights, and anything which carries with it a feeling of intensity, chaos, or possible confrontation puts you on high alert.

You may feel an aversion to city living, particularly if you find yourself surrounded by concrete and huge buildings without easy access to greenery or nature.

#4 You Are Fascinated By Metaphysical Topicshands cross energy sun

Whether unconsciously or consciously, you are interested in stuff like tarot, intuition, meditation, past lives (reincarnation), energy healing, or mediumship, etc. 

#5 Being in Crowded Places Overwhelms Youman alone in crowd rainning

You don’t like being in sporting events, malls, airports, or other public places with crowds of people.

You feel overly-excited and suffocated. You can’t wait to leave.

Important note – being in these crowded spaces is like being in a vortex of emotional chum. It takes real effort to remain calm and find your center.

#6 Downtime Doesn’t Feel Unproductive To Youwoman reading a book

One of the most fundamental characteristics of an empath is that you need time alone to recharge your batteries.

Whereas you get bored or antsy spending a day at home alone with a stack of magazines and tea, this sort of downtime feels satisfying and necessary to you.

#7 You’re Often Told You’re “Too Sensitive”emotional woman

Friends, partners, and family members will frequently say you are ”too sensitive.”

This will be over your emotions and feelings surrounding other people and their problems, how you think others feel about you, or global issues.

#8 It’s Unbearable To Watch Cruelty, Violence, or Tragedy on TVdo not watch tv

Since you take on others’ feelings, watching movies where people or animals are being hurt or violent movies can feel unbearable to watch.

Note – exposure to violent and negative media may have serious and long-lasting psychological effects beyond simple feelings of disapproval or pessimism.

British psychologist Dr. Graham Davey said:

”Viewing negative news means that you’re likely to see your own personal worries as more threatening and severe.”

Dr. Graham Davey later added:

”When you do start worrying about them, you’re more likely to find your worry difficult to control and more distressing than it would normally be.”

#9 KnowingClairsentient woman meditation silent

You have a deep sense of knowing that is unquestionable and unwavering that comes with pinpoint accuracy in its description.

In addition, you are capable of reading others without obvious cues and can describe what’s really going on beneath the surface.

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#10 Excellent Listenerman listening to a friend

You won’t talk about yourselves much unless it’s to someone you really trust. You love to learn and know about others and genuinely care.

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#11 People Feel Inclined To Offload Their Problems Onto Youman attentively listening a woman

Probably because you are a compassionate listener and have difficulty telling people “no.”

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#12 Love Of Animals And Nature

Being outdoors in nature is a must for you and pets are an essential part of your life.

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#13 You Have A Need For Solitude

The background noise of another person’s energy is always palpable to you, even if no one is making noise or talking, which makes occasional solitude essential to your clearing and recharging your own batteries.

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#14 You Can Tell When Someone Is Lying And Spot Fake Peopleliar man looking at woman

You can easily see beyond masks and find the real intentions of a person.

You also can tell when people are lying but you will not say anything about it.

#15 You’ve Been Known As The “Peacemaker” Among Your Family And Friends

Bad energy is particularly draining for you, therefore, you will do what you can to keep the peace. Additionally, since you are in tune with others’ emotions, you are probably a pretty good mediator as well.

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The Dark Side Of EmpathyThe Dark Side Of Empathy

Unfortunately, empathy has some dark sides as well. Everyone thinks that the life of empaths is all butterflies and rainbows, that these people enjoy certain benefits, but it simply isn’t true.

The positive sides of empathy come together with other less good ones.

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3 Negative Aspects of Being An Empath:

Empath individuals are generally deep thinkers. These people think a lot in order to solve problems and usually consider that the solution to a problem lies in the problem itself.

They are the kind of people who do not fall asleep at night until they find an answer to the question that worries them. Often, the problems they think about are not even theirs.

Empaths get exhausted much faster than ordinary people and they often act like a sponge: they absorb the emotions of others.

This ability helps them understand other people, however, at the end of the meeting, instead of letting go of these emotions, empaths tend to keep some of them inside.

In addition, the ability to empathize with another person so intensely, continuously self-improving by trying to transpose oneself into that state, and then make efforts to find a solution to others’ problems, involves a lot of energy.

It is also a lot more complicated than it sounds and it’s unlikely to happen without leaving any sequelae.

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Tuesday 31st of May 2022

I am all of the above also, however I seem to have no ability to spot people who are fake, two-faced or manipulative; I often end up really hurt as I tend to see the 'good' in everyone. It has cost me in terms of friendships and finding true or real love now at the age of 60 I have accepted my sensitivities, and keep people at arms length (single for 30 years!) Thank you for the information and the responses from others makes me feel less alone and isolated.


Friday 14th of January 2022

Whisper to Noreen: Noreen, you are a gift from the Source. Unwrap yourself and be the gift you are meant to be. May I have the first dance?


Wednesday 5th of January 2022

I to enjoy horror movies, huge fan in fact, and violent one as well but to me I understand that it's fake. To me they aren't reality because they're not. They are films. Now if I see a news story on tv or a documentary film about say..human trafficking. It's a no go! I can't and will not exspose myself to it. Animals in the same sense. That's reality or a recreation of reality and therefore the emotional attachment is different. The demographics of people change and cultures change due to over or under exsposure to certain things so why wouldn't Empaths. That's like saying Empaths don't get angry. I get angry and can feel vengeful but I never act on it. As long as you have control of those emotions and are able to let them go is what's important here.

Michael Vaughn

Saturday 18th of September 2021

Another., notch.., tattoo.., nose ring.., Nice Beard with a pretty hair cut to add to may satchel of Self Awareness on my Two Year Quest. Great Article.

Rosanna Perez

Monday 16th of August 2021

My favorite sources of inspiration...the Dali lama,budda,jesus,Krishna and Visnu,Jim Carrey,The Wayans Brothers,Chris Farley,and Tyler Perry..God bless Madea.