Are you empathic? 10 typical features of empathic people
The characteristic feature of empathic people is that they are individuals who know how to put themselves in the shoes of others and understand their emotions and / or physical symptoms. They are extraordinarily sensitive people.
Their vision of the world is very intuitive, they relate to others, prioritizing their emotions and sensations over calculation and coldness, and usually find it hard to describe and put into words everything they feel.
Empathy: a quality to develop
Being an empathic person is something positive for life. But it also has many less desirable points. People with this trait may also be more vulnerable to the emotional impact of the things that happen around them.
For example, they may be more prone to suffer from anxiety crises, depression, chronic fatigue and other symptoms and disorders related to emotional instability.
But nevertheless, empathy is a virtue that can help us a lot throughout life , especially if we learn to manage it effectively. The first step is to know if you are really an empathic person.
The 10 traits of empathy
In this article we have described the 10 characteristic features (habits, attitudes and behaviors) own people who have a very developed empathy.
1. They are more sensitive than other people
Empathic individuals are detached, open to new experiences, kind and good 'listeners'. They are attentive people and know how to transmit these good feelings when communicating with others.
They are always willing to help and offer a shoulder to cry on. But they can also feel hurt and offended with astonishing ease . They are very sensitive people, to the point of being truly susceptible in some cases.
2. Empaths "absorb" the emotions of others
People with high empathy are influenced by other people's emotions and moods. For better or worse.
They are able to feel what others feel more vividly than ordinary people , and this can sometimes be a difficult stone to overcome. If you are close to someone who is anxious or stressed, it costs you horrors that your mind does not emulate those attitudes. Luckily, they also get positive emotions.
3. They tend to be introverts
In an article a few months ago we talked about the difference between introverted and extroverted people. In the case of empathic people, it is usually the case that they tend to be quite introverted . They do not enjoy too much of mass parties, but prefer small groups or go for coffee with only one friend.
Even among empathic subjects who are more open to going to parties and places with a lot of people, they tend to be careful and prefer to moderate the amount of time they spend in these types of environments.
4. They are more intuitive than the average
Empaths perceive the world through their intuition . They like to develop their intuition and pay attention to their hunches on a regular basis. This allows them to surround themselves with positive people and get away from those who can alter their emotional balance.
- Related article: "7 strategies to improve intuition"
5. They like to spend time alone
They are very sensitive people and they are usually affected if they are listening and helping others for a long time . For this reason, they periodically need to be alone to be able to return to their emotional balance.
6. They can overprotect themselves in sentimental relationships
Living as a couple can be complicated for an empathic person, and they can even develop philophobia or similar manifestations. They avoid falling in love with someone so they do not have to suffer later if things do not go well .
They may feel fear of being emotionally engulfed by their partner. They need to redefine their concept of a loving relationship in order to have positive and happy relationships.
7. They are easy prey for emotional vampires
Have you heard about emotional vampires? It's those people who they have the bad habit of downloading all their negativity in other people , to those who "suck" their energy to be able to continue in their spiral of fatalism, anger and resentment.
Empathic people can especially suffer from the effects of having an emotional vampire nearby, since they are especially vulnerable to all the bad feelings transmitted by those individuals.
8. They feel very comfortable in contact with nature
The obligations and stress of daily routines affect us all, but especially empathic men and women. They usually disconnect and recharge batteries when surrounded by nature : climbing mountains, enjoying a sunny beach or simply strolling through a green meadow.
9. They have the feelings of skin
Empathic people are more sensitive in general. They may feel very bad in noisy environments, or when they notice that there is a lot of tension in the environment.
10. They are good people, even to the detriment of their own well-being
Empathic individuals are good people: they have a big heart and sincerely care for others. They feel bad when they see someone suffering in the street, and they can not avoid attending to them to try to mitigate their pain.
Although it is an undeniable virtue, The truth is that empathic people can go too far and obsess about dealing with the problems of others , and feeling frustrated or bewildered if they can not solve their problems.
Empathic people, as we have seen, they have a series of virtues that come associated with other problems for their emotional well-being .
There are techniques that can help these people manage their personality and not be too damaged by their sensitivity. Control the time and agenda, establish limits with people who need help and habits such as meditation and practice Mindfulness can restore psychological well-being.
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