Do people tell you that you're too sensitive, you care too much, or you get hurt too easily?
Sensitive-natured beings are easily affected by the emotions of others and are often referred to as being empaths. An Empath is a person who can consciously and unconsciously tune in to the emotional experience of a person, place or animal. The emotions they experience whether good or bad, can cause these individuals to feel happy and joyful or anxious and unsettled depending on the situation.
When they are around people who aren't being 'authentic,' in nature, empaths can feel uncomfortable and at a loss for words. They often avoid small talk, meaningless conversations and they prefer not to watch movies or T.V. shows that include any kind of violence. They feel physically sick when witnessing abuse to people and animals. They can withdrawal immediately when confronted by someone who is angry or frustrated, and they often take things very personally and hold onto these feelings longer than others finding it difficult to let go.
Sensitive people are very in touch with their feelings and in tune with their bodies. They know when something feels 'off' and they typically only express their emotions with someone if they feel 'safe' and will not share with just anyone. On the other hand, people seem to be drawn to sensitive and empathetic people; they feel an instant sense of safety and trust, and openly share deep emotional traumas they have experienced or are experiencing. You will find complete strangers being drawn to the energy of a empath. I believe it's an unconscious connection and inner knowing that they will understand and listen without judgment.
Because sensitive people have a heightened sense of the energies in their surroundings, many tend to withdrawal in social situations so they are not 'exposed' or called upon. It is easier to hide at the back of the room than it is to be the centre of attention for an empath. Being constantly aware of the emotions and energies of others can cause turmoil and anxiety, which can affect their own state of mind and well-being.
I personally have trouble in crowded locations like the mall or Walmart, as I find myself feeling anxious, unsettled and even dizzy at times. You may find yourself unaffected by some locations, but troubled by others.
There are a few steps you can follow to protect yourself when in social situations or when you are feeling overcome with the emotion:
“An empath is capable of taking on the grief of another in order to lessen their suffering. In order to not be consumed with pain, an empath should have an outlet for that pain lest they lose themselves in feeling for others.”
~ Donna Lynn Hope