Even as a child, whenever I saw anyone struggle it was easy for me to empathise and understand how they might feel because of what I had to deal with.
What is empathy & what is an empath?
There is a distinct difference between someone who has empathy and someone who is an empath. Empathy is when we have the ability to read and understand how other people feel so that we’re in tune and can resonate with them.
An empath is highly sensitive to what other people feel, so they absorb the emotions of others and can relate to people, by sensing true feelings that run deeper than those portrayed on the surface.
An empath can sense and uncover the truth and will act in such a compassionate way to help that person express him or herself, making that person feel at ease with what they have to deal with.
By nature, empaths are compassionate, understanding and considerate of other people’s needs. As a child, I was aware I had the ability to be an empath, but given my own negative childhood, it wasn’t something I managed, primarily because I was in too much emotional pain.
Being an empath is genetic and is passed on from generation to generation. Most of us with the ability to read other people’s thoughts are unaware of how this works, but empaths have long accepted that they are sensitive to how other people feel.
We must learn how to deal with being an empath. But even if we’re not empaths, we can all use empathy towards others.