Connect With Us


30 Recognizable Signs of an Empath

Mini Empath

Mini Empath


I was born, raised and trained as an empath. When I tell people this they usually react the same way “Prove it.” I hate that. I usually want to respond with “Well then, I can tell you are a skeptical person that believes in nothing unless shown Scientific “proof”. What ever happened to trusting your “gut feeling“? For me, that gut feeling is called Empathy and its a pain in the ass. I hate having to educate people on something they already believe is not true or real.Its about the same as me turning to you and saying “Wind isn’t real unless you can show it to me.”

Let me show you a bit of perspective and maybe you will open your mind and realize that empaths are everywhere. Usually we’re recognized as being “sensitive”, “insightful” or how my friends put it “weird”.

Thanks to Crystal Moon on Facebook, here are 30 ways to recognize if you are or are dealing with an empath:

Dewshine of ElfQuest

Dewshine of ElfQuest

1. Knowing: Empaths just know stuff, without being told. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing. The more attuned they are the stronger this gift becomes.

2. Being in public places can be overwhelming: Places like shopping malls, supermarkets or stadiums where there are lots of people around can fill the empath with turbulently vexed emotions that are coming from others.

3. Feeling others emotions and taking them on as your own: This is a huge one for empaths. To some they will feel emotions off those near by and with others they will feel emotions from those a vast distance away, or both. The more adept empath will know if someone is having bad thoughts about them, even from great distance.

4. Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV is unbearable: The more attuned an empath becomes the worse it is and may make it so they eventually have to stop watching TV and reading newspapers altogether.

5. You know when someone is not being honest: If a friend or a loved one is telling you lies you know it (although many empaths try not to focus on this because knowing a loved one is lying can be painful). Or if someone is saying one thing but feeling/thinking another, you know.

6. Picking up physical symptoms off another: An empath will almost always develop the ailments off another (colds, eye infections, body aches and pains) especially those they’re closest to, somewhat like sympathy pains.

7. Digestive disorders and lower back problems: The solar plexus chakra is based in the centre of the abdomen and it’s known as the seat of emotions. This is where empaths feel the incoming emotion of another, which can weaken the area and eventually lead to anything from stomach ulcers to IBS (too many other conditions to list here). Lower back problems can develop from being ungrounded (amongst other things) and one, who has no knowledge of them being an empath, will almost always be ungrounded.

8. Always looking out for the underdog: Anyone whose suffering, in emotional pain or being bullied draws an empath’s attention and compassion.

9. Others will want to offload their problems on you, even strangers: An empath can become a dumping ground for everyone else’s issues and problems, which, if they’re not careful can end up as their own.

"I'll be good in a few hours."

“I’ll be good in a few hours.”

10. Constant fatigue: Empaths often get drained of energy, either from energy vampires or just taking on too much from others, which even sleep will not cure. Many get diagnosed with ME.

11. Addictive personality: Alcohol, drugs, sex, are to name but a few addictions that empaths turn to, to block out the emotions of others. It is a form of self protection in order to hide from someone or something.

12. Drawn to healing, holistic therapies and all things metaphysical: Although many empaths would love to heal others they can end up turning away from being healers (even though they have a natural ability for it), after they’ve studied and qualified, because they take on too much from the one they are trying to heal. Especially if they are unaware of their empathy. Anything of a supernatural nature is of interest to empaths and they don’t surprise or get shocked easily. Even at the revelation of what many others would consider unthinkable, for example, empaths would have known the world was round when others believed it was flat.



13. Creative: From singing, dancing, acting, drawing or writing an empath will have a strong creative streak and a vivid imagination.

14. Love of nature and animals: Being outdoors in nature is a must for empaths and pets are an essential part of their life.

15. Need for solitude: An empath will go stir-crazy if they don’t get quiet time. This is even obvious in empathic children.

16. Gets bored or distracted easily if not stimulated: Work, school and home life has to be kept interesting for an empath or they switch off from it and end up daydreaming or doodling.

17. Finds it impossible to do things they don’t enjoy: As above. Feels like they are living a lie by doing so. To force an empath to do something they dislike through guilt or labelling them as idle will only serve in making them unhappy. It’s for this reason many empaths get labelled as being lazy.

18. Strives for the truth: This becomes more prevalent when an empath discovers his/her gifts and birthright. Anything untruthful feels plain wrong.

19. Always looking for the answers and knowledge: To have unanswered questions can be frustrating for an empath and they will endeavour to find an explanation. If they have a knowing about something they will look for confirmation. The downside to this is an information overload.

Where do you daydream of going?

Where do you daydream of going?

20. Likes adventure, freedom and travel: Empaths are free spirits.

21. Abhors clutter: It makes an empath feel weighed down and blocks the flow of energy.

22. Loves to daydream: An empath can stare into space for hours, in a world of their own and blissfully happy.

23. Finds routine, rules or control, imprisoning: Anything that takes away their freedom is debilitating to an empath even poisoning.

24. Prone to carry weight without necessarily overeating: The excess weight is a form of protection to stop the negative incoming energies having as much impact.

25. Excellent listener: An empath won’t talk about themselves much unless it’s to someone they really trust. They love to learn and know about others and genuinely care.

"I can't help being fabulous."

“I can’t help being fabulous.”

26. Intolerance to narcissism: Although kind and often very tolerant of others, empaths do not like to be around overly egotistical people, who put themselves first and refuse to consider another’s feelings or points of view other than their own.

27. The ability to feel the days of the week: An empath will get the ‘Friday Feeling’ if they work Fridays or not. They pick up on how the collective are feeling. The first couple of days of a long, bank holiday weekend (Easter for example) can feel, to them, like the world is smiling, calm and relaxed. Sunday evenings, Mondays and Tuesdays, of a working week, have a very heavy feeling.

28. Will not choose to buy antiques, vintage or second-hand: Anything that’s been pre-owned carries the energy of the previous owner. An empath will even prefer to have a brand new car or house (if they are in the financial situation to do so) with no residual energy.

29. Sense the energy of food: Many empaths don’t like to eat meat or poultry because they can feel the vibrations of the animal (especially if the animal suffered), even if they like the taste.

complaint_department30. Can appear moody, shy, aloof, disconnected: Depending on how an empath is feeling will depend on what face they show to the world. They can be prone to mood swings and if they’ve taken on too much negative will appear quiet and unsociable, even miserable. An empath detests having to pretend to be happy when they’re sad, this only adds to their load (makes working in the service industry, when it’s service with a smile, very challenging) and can make them feel like scuttling under a stone.



Share This Post

6 Responses to 30 Recognizable Signs of an Empath

  1. Pingback: Conversations with Flowers | My Psychic Diary

  2. Jos Reyn

    May 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I will admit to not really understanding what is meant by many people when they talk about being empaths. A lot of people talk about it in others like something you’d expect in a grade b movie or direct to video and Redbox. A lot of people not claiming it present it like from a sci-fi movie, I wonder though if not something supernatural or such but if simply that there are people who just are really good at common sense? I would think it takes a good understanding of oneself to do be able to truly understand others. Or am I just talking through my hat?

  3. Kris

    May 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    An empath who likes Doctor Who!!

    I’m fortunate. I’ve never had anyone demand I “prove it”. It sucks that there are such doubters out there. And, as empaths, it hurts us in so many ways.

    I love my gift and I really doubt I could survive this world without being an empath. It’s tough, but it’s worth it. It’s scary, but we’re strong.

    I created an empath support group on Facebook (and a Doctor Who group, but that’s a separate topic.. sorta.. *grin*)

    Anyway, we could use someone with your insights and experience. Everybody is learning and it’s a struggle, but we’re growing together as a small community and the important thing that I tell everyone is that they are not alone. We are not alone. There are so many of us empaths out there… and I made the group for the new fledgings (and the experienced) so that we could help and support each other.

    If you are interested, we are here:

    If you’d like, please come take a look around.. see if it feels right to you. I/we work hard to make it a safe haven for love and light.

    *huggles* and Blessings,

  4. Jos Reyn

    May 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Wish I could be such. Spent way too much of the last sixty odd years (and some were very odd…) looking at people in shock wondering what had just happened, where did THAT come from or what an idiot I am.

  5. Lily K

    May 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    That’s actually pretty interesting.

    • adamas

      May 2, 2013 at 1:19 am

      And pretty spot-on. Many people that one of my teachers called Protectors are much the same way, But they seem to be the flip-side of this coin in certain respects.