by BarrieDavenport for LiveBoldAndBloom
Do you ever feel like you have a heightened sense of understanding and emotion for other people’s feelings? Maybe you feel like you are really good at reading people or you simply have an inclination toward being empathic.
If so, you might be an intuitive empath.
Being an intuitive empath means you have a high sensory perception and can actually be impacted by other people’s energies.
You have an innate ability to perceive those around you. But, being an empath is more than just being an especially sensitive person, and it isn’t limited to simply feeling and expressing emotions.
It is often said that empaths are naturally intuitive, and while this is true for some empaths, it is not true for all. But, if someone is intuitive, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have a lot of empathy. Some believe the words are interchangeable, but the two abilities are actually quite different.
Empathy is one’s concern with things other than oneself — the external world. It is the ability to sense the feelings and energy of other people and one’s surroundings.
However, intuition is the internal feelings one has to evaluate and understand a situation. While it still involves absorbing the outside world, the final component is very internal.
When empathy and intuition come together, a very unique ability is born, and those who hold this trait have a special gift.
What is a true empath?
A true empath is one who can feel the pain of other people as their own. They can also feel the joy that other people feel.
Because of this, a true empath often likes to help people in order to make those around them happy and therefore be able to feel that happiness themselves.
Empaths are great listeners who never ignore people and refuse to be fake or put on a facade.
These traits probably sound like they could apply to a lot of good people, but a true empath helps other people to the point of exhaustion and is very sensitive– not only to people’s emotions but also to external factors in the environment, such as light, noise, and motion.
Intuitive Empath Traits
There are many traits that intuitive empaths share. For example, they strongly dislike seeing other people suffer and often avoid watching the news or even sad movies because of this.
After feeling strong negative emotions, intuitive empaths are then likely to feel physical symptoms in addition to their emotional despair, such as a headache and fatigue.
Intuitive empaths have a tendency to remain attached to people who are in need, even if it is not in their own best interest.
This may be a stranger or could be a partner, which puts intuitive empaths at risk for being in toxic relationships.
Some of these traits may sound like negative things, but being an empath is a gift in many ways. Here are 17 reasons why this capacity to understand other people is actually a good thing.
17 Reasons Why Intuitive Empaths Have A Gift
1. Empaths surround themselves with positive things.
When an empath sees something bad, they instinctively turn away so they don’t feel the negativity. Because of this, they try to surround themselves with only positive things.
This leads to empaths having positive friends who are aiming to live a happy and satisfying life.
Happiness is contagious, so one of the most effective ways to find happiness is to surround yourself with those who can create their own happiness and share it with others.
2. Empaths typically have meaningful careers.
Empathic people can often be found working as mentors, life coaches, and teachers. Because of their compassion for nature, they often either do volunteer work for the environment or make a career out of environmental activism.
Due to their acute senses, empaths love to spend countless hours going through nature and enjoying the songs of birds, the sounds of the ocean, and the smell of flowers.
Having a meaningful career or giving back to the community is a fulfilling way to lead a happy life.
3. They bring other people together.
People who are empathic find it deeply uncomfortable to watch other people be mean or hostile towards each other.
Due to their peaceful and easy-going nature, empaths often act as intermediaries to bring harmony between others who are at odds.
They have a gift of being peacemakers and reducing the stress of other people by decreasing any resentment that is being held.
4. They don’t rush into making decisions.
They seek a deep authenticity before making decisions. Empaths find it bothersome to settle with a solution if they feel it may have been influenced in any way.
Because they like to stay true to themselves, they will take the necessary time to come to informed decisions.
This is a gift because having the ability to resist making last-minute decisions helps people avoid having regret in the long run.
5. They can experience the emotions of their loved ones, even if they are not with that person.
It is common when an empath is in a strong relationship with someone to experience sudden surges of emotion or pain to later learn that their loved one was feeling the same emotions or pains at the same time.
Often, empaths describe this feeling as being “blindsided” by emotions when they are not expecting them.
6. They like to stay focused.
While many people may believe that having the ability to multi-task is a strength in life, this is usually not true because none of the tasks are completed at a high-quality level.
In fact, multitasking divides one’s attention into many different things at once, leading to confusion and feelings of being scattered.
Intuitive empaths feel more comfortable and do more effective work when they do their tasks one at a time and in a certain order.
Focusing on one thing at a time and doing it to the best of one’s ability can be an empath’s source of personal energy that can lead to great success.
7. They have a knack for listening to other people’s stories.
One distinctive characteristic of this population is that they offer a trustworthy and treasured sense of companionship to other people.
Other people gravitate to them and feel comfortable confiding with empaths about their own personal struggles. Even strangers may approach an empath and open up to them about their problems.
This is good because empaths know that other people feel relieved when they are done talking about their feelings.
Empaths can then feel this sense of relief themselves because they have helped someone who is having a hard time.
8. Empaths are quick to spot someone who is being deceitful.
People who are empathic can easily spot a lie.
They pick up on even subtle hints of deception, which allows them to be very trusting of those who they choose to be close to because they know the people surrounding them are not deceitful people.
However, this also means that empaths know when someone is hiding something when they say they are “fine”.
Empaths know when these people are actually crying on the inside and putting up a false facade.
9. They pick up on non-verbal cues.
One of the greatest gifts that an empath has is the ability to read other people. This allows them to quickly decide if someone they meet will end up being a part of their life for the long-term or not.
In addition to non-verbal cues, empaths can pick up on even slight indications of others’ physical needs and emotions.
This gives them a specific talent for being able to pick up on the needs of those who cannot speak, like animals, babies, and the human body.
10. They are able to see the big picture.
Having a sense of synchronicity allows empathic people to grasp the grand scheme of things because they can recognize the interconnectedness of each individual organism in the world.
Being able to see the big picture allows people to feel a sense of meaning in what they do and work towards a final goal, which ends up being more fulfilling.
11. Empaths have great imaginations.
When an empath finds themselves stuck in a mundane daily routine, they tend to drift off using their great imagination.
If their surroundings are not providing any emotional stimuli, empaths can easily lose interest in what is going on around them and get into their own world of imagination and creativity.
12. They are creative and artistic.
Empaths can convey a message in ways that other people can’t. They are able to use their feelings to project their artistic and creative talents.
This could come out in many forms, such as dancing, painting, writing poetry, or playing music.
Empaths have a special talent for creativity in life with not only art, but also their experiences, situations, and various conditions that arise.
Because empaths think in a unique way, they are able to see certain things that other people can’t quite conceptualize as easily. This thoughtful creativity and ability to process information in a distinct way is a notable capacity.
13. Empaths can see everyone’s point of view.
One of the reasons that empaths are such good friends to other people is because they are willing to listen to and understand everyone’s point of view.
This also makes them be able to be life-long learners as they cross paths with many different types of people.
14. They are natural healers.
Empaths are natural healers and can actually give their healing energy to other people through their senses.
They possess a healing energy that can help those around them and help themselves as well.
15. They have a huge enthusiasm for life.
Because empaths feel everything with such strength, they are prone to feeling greater highs than other people.
Therefore, most empaths are very enthusiastic about life and they are able to experience joy with a greater intensity, which leads them to be more kind, caring, and compassionate towards other people.
16. Empaths are comfortable being alone.
A lot of people who are not empathic feel uncomfortable being alone, but empaths crave time alone and actually need it in order to balance themselves and de-stress.
They value this time to have a chance to recuperate and are able to increase their self-awareness because of this.
17. They are able to contribute to other people’s lives like no one else can.
Because empaths truly care about other people, they are able to touch the lives of those who feel like they have no one to turn to.
This means they can make a huge difference in people’s lives and leave a positive impact on those who are possibly suffering.
While being intuitively empathic may seem draining because you are taking on the feelings, burdens, and emotions of other people, it is actually a great gift to have.
It is important to learn how to protect yourself from becoming dragged down by negative energies and find a way to practice self-care to release the negativity.
Empaths understand very clearly that the problems in the world won’t be solved by hate, instead, they need to be addressed with love and understanding.
It is important to people who are empathic to use their energy in a positive way for the world, even if it is through small actions like donating to a food bank or volunteering their time.
Being able to positively impact the world can help anyone feel positive about their empathic and intuitive feelings.
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