What is an Empath? Neither the dictionary (Dictionary.com) nor Wikipedia (yes, it IS a source) has the word Empath as a listing. Google the term, and you get 4.32 MILLION results (in 0.49 seconds). But - the first listing is a definition that says this:
GAH! This is not science fiction people!
Why do the "normal" sources fail to acknowledge the existence of such a person as an Empath, and yet there are millions of words written about them?
I leave it to Empaths smarter than me to prove we exist. I hope that a few words about this ability will ring true with someone who has it and doesn't understand what it is. In truth, all humans have it - we call it instinct. That means animals have it too. We humans are the only animals who will override this to be socially appropriate. This causes us stress and anxiety. I genuinely believe that if we can identify more people with a heightened sense of energy - medicating for stress and anxiety will decrease in direct proportion to education in energy management skills.
As a child, I lived with step-mothers (one after the other, not at the same time) who were mean, dark people. I could feel this. All the time. It was like a blanket that smothered me, and I had to learn to close off to this energy, or it would kill me (at least I thought it would). But I didn't know all of this consciously. I was terrified of them for sure, and I felt a heaviness in my chest. No one told me that it was energy that made me feel so terrible.
As I got older, I was able to feel energy directionally - meaning I could feel it in a particular place, coming from a specific person or being. I hated certain situations in high school not for the social awkwardness, but for the energy it generated. Dances were okay for about 30 minutes, the cafeteria SUCKED, and football games were fun.
In my adult life, I hate funerals because I intentionally stay open to be sensitive to others, but it is overwhelming. If we go to a party where everyone is happy and having a good time, I'm on an energy high for a week.
There are two ways to deal with being sensitive to energy - close it all off, or learn to manage it. Since I work with Energy, I manage it. I also close it off if I am going to a concert or an event where emotions can be all over the place.
I spent much of my life pleasing others because it made their energy more comfortable to be around. Now I don't have to do that because I can moderate the energy, so it influences me if it is "good," and doesn't affect me if it is "bad."
You can find lessons on energy management or closing (protection) all over the internet and especially YouTube. Once you know that being an Empath is part of your situation, then you can address it. What if your stress, anxiety, and fear aren't entirely yours? If you learn the basics of energy management, not only do you learn to manage external energies, but you learn techniques that help you manage your internal process. Couldn't hurt - right? Do some research, practice a few techniques, and be open to changing how you deal with the situations in your life by seeing them from an energy point of view.
Also be willing to accept the blessings that abound in the world. Send out love and peace - you'll be fascinated by what returns to you.