10 Traits Of An Empath – Are You Empathic

*NOTE: To learn more about Empaths, please visit my other posts in this series, Effective Ways To Protect Yourself If You Are An Empath and 15 Best Self-Care Tips For Empaths And Gifted People

So, how cool was Counselor Deanna Troi, a half human, half betazoid empath, who got to advise one of Starfleet’s finest captains, Jean-Luc Picard?

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I LOVE Deanna Troi and the fact that she could “feel” what others were feeling. She could tell if someone was lying or anxious.

What’s even cooler about this is that empaths are real.

They/we do exist on this planet and

you just might be one and not know it.

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What is an empath?

An empath is someone who perceives and feels another’s emotions.

Your moods and, basically your life, are affected by others’ thoughts, desires, cravings, anxiety, etc.

Have you ever gone into a store and your mood suddenly changed?

You wondered where the anger or the panic attack came from?

Well, it’s because when you go into a store, you get bombarded with all the crazy energies of everyone in that store and whatever energies  are left from previous people- customers and employees! (The boss’ bad mood, the cranky employee, the happy customer, happy cashier, the over-tired mom and cranky baby…all of it!)

And it’s not just emotions you can be sensitive to.

Empaths can be sensitive to physical experiences, spiritual feelings or just innately “knowing” what other people are about.

You can’t learn how to be an empath.

You either are empathic or you’re not. However, you can develop your gifts, which we will discuss later.

Empaths are always “open” to feel others’ emotions and really “feel” or take on the emotions of others, which can, in many instances, be quite painful.

Sometimes, this heightened sensitivity is looked down on and belittled with remarks like “You’re too sensitive!” or “Lighten up!”

It’s not fair and it’s hurtful but you’re NOT crazy and you are what you are! 

No one…NO ONE has the right to tell you you’re too sensitive.

In fact, maybe they’re not sensitive enough!

Here are some traits that will help you identify if you’re an empath or not. Remember, you do not need to experience all of these to be empathic!

1. Public places can be overwhelming and cause anxiety. Empaths pick up on ALL the emotions bombarding them from others. Believe me, I’ve run out of stores MANY times in panic attacks. They’re not fun but I understand them now and mentally and energetically prepare myself before I go into ANY public place!

2. Knowing things. Empaths just know without being told. It’s more than a gut feeling and as they become more “in tune”, the stronger this gift becomes. Sadly, they know when someone is being honest or not and sometimes this can be painful when it’s a loved one that is lying.

3. Empaths need solitude. An empath will go bananas if they don’t get their quiet time, even to the point of having a melt-down! This is very obvious in empathic kids.


4. Highly creative, you’ll find empaths are involved in some sort of creative pursuit, whether it be singing, dancing, acting, drawing, writing, cake decorating or even designing super highways!

5. Loving nature and animals, getting outdoors in nature whenever possible is imperative for empaths and pets are an absolute must!


6. Empaths really can’t do things they don’t enjoy. It’s like pulling teeth to get them do something they don’t enjoy. To them it feels like they are living a lie by doing it, so to force an empath to do something they dislike through guilt or calling them lazy will only make them unhappy and hate it more. Many empaths are labeled as being lazy precisely because of this. Yet give them something they love to do and they will do it til they either finish the task or pass out from exhaustion first!

7. Putting on weight without overeating, empaths naturally put on the pounds as a form of protection so the incoming negative energies don’t have as much impact on them. 

8. Sounds crazy but empaths can usually feel the days of the week. Maybe you or a friend have said, “Gee, it feels like Friday,” or “Today is Saturday? OMG, it feels like Sunday!” They pick up on how the collective are feeling. 

9. Many empaths are vegan or vegetarian because they sense the energy of food. They can feel the vibrations of the animal (especially if the animal suffered), and sometimes have vivid flashes of the stockyard, etc. It’s difficult for them to eat animals of any sort, even if they like the taste. On the other hand, they feel the life force in their veggies and fruits.

10. Naturally, empaths are excellent listeners and will not usually talk about themselves much unless it’s to someone they really, really trust. They love to learn and know about others and genuinely care when they ask “how are you?” That’s why people are drawn to them and feel safe with them, letting their innermost thoughts come gushing out of their mouths. 

These are just a few traits that may help you determine if you’re an empath or not.

Hopefully, this little list opens your eyes to someone you may know who is empathic, too.

If nothing else, kudos to Marina Sirtis for portraying my favorite empath, Counselor Deanna Troi,  so well.

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11 thoughts on “10 Traits Of An Empath – Are You Empathic

  1. christine

    Jenny, Hello again. I have every one of the traits of being a Empath except the eating meat one, well certain meats anyway. I must have my quiet time at least 4 days a week or I get rather hard to get along with. I live by myself most of the time due to my hubbys work. I have been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder and know the feeling of Panic in public places. And well Ive already told you the rest of my story. Ive always been told I’m a Great Listener and total strangers approach me with their life stories. Thank you for your support and kind words!


    1. Jenny E Weeks

      Hi Christine. Though you’ve shared your story with me, thank you for sharing your feelings here. You’re going to handle these gifts and work on the panic disorders…you’ll see! 😉


  2. Karyn Martinez

    Hi again, Jenny. I know we’ve communicated about this. Great post, thank you. I know public places are difficult for me. I often feel snarls coming on. Also, my kids sometimes alternatively find my ability irritating or funny. Funny, because I’ll ask them how they are…when sensing they’re not ok. They’ll say, “Oh, fine!” And I’ll ask, “you’re lying, right?” And they’ll sigh or laugh and say, “yeah, I am. Here’s whats wrong……”


    1. Jenny E Weeks

      LOL Karyn, you’re welcome and I’m glad your kids can’t pull anything over on you! Make sure you keep your protection up EVERY day and even do a little “zshoozsh” before you go out into public places…i9t should help! XXX


  3. Rena

    Thanks for the information. I just realized, I am all but number 9. I know when others are lying and I just know by looking at them. I will say to myself “yea ok whatever” but would pass it off as if I was just thinking “I know they are lying” but now I understand that it is something else. If that makes sense at all. I remember when I was a kid I would predict things that would happen. I got to the point where I didn’t want to say anything because it came true. Like the next day true.

    I learned to block that eventually but it has started happening again.

    After reading your blog about animal guides, I am very big on the Native American culture and I have two spirit guides, one of them comes to my backyard almost daily. I feel like it is providing me a message but don’t know what.


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