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Empath - Spiritual Emotive Gift or Product of "Life" Insecurity?

If you know people who are or claim to be #EMPATHS...OR

You are or feel you are one...


What do you think has given rise to this ability to feel and, for some, take on another's emotions?




Most empaths I know display tendencies somewhere on the spectrum of anxious / depressive behaviour...

This can range from mild worrying to outright and extreme anxiety; often leaving that person debilitatingly emotional.

This is often accompanied by a tendency to venture into healing / helping professions or to be "the one" everyone comes to or feels comfortable with when they have problems.


A common behaviour I have observed is the "pre-contemplation" of someone else's needs...or what they perceive someone else needs.


Sometimes these people are not able to set their own boundaries very well and could even foresake their own needs; getting overly caught up in what they sense in someone else...


Some Musing...

It occurred to me, this morning actually, that most people I know who show empathic tendency or claim to be empathic, have had at least one highly influential relationship in their formative years with someone who has been highly unpredictable in their behaviour.


Alternately, they have had a highly unstable life in the formative years, where a sense of psychological and emotive safety and stability was lacking...


Or...some I know are like me...experiencing something like being bullied and ridiculed almost every day of secondary school because I chose to not support the mainstream 'boys' preoccupation with team sports; choosing more insular activities, in the martial arts, in nature or in books...


I also, however, have had profound 'realisations' through life and through regular practice of yoga asana and pranayama and meditative techniques learned I am very sensitive to the emotion of others.

Not only this, through conscious 'intervention' and engagement with what I feel of others, I have learned to use this to navigate interaction and conversation...and life...more benefically. Beneficially for me and others...


This post has gone somewhere I had not thought it would..., but I like where it has gone.


What do you think? Are empaths spiritually and energetically gifted or just highly attuned to their environment due to unusual levels of uncertainty in formative years?

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