noun: empath; plural noun: empaths
A a person with the ability to perceive the mental or emotional state of another individual.
A Highly Sensitive Person
A highly sensitive person (HSP), has been described as having hypersensitivity to external stimuli, a greater depth of cognitive processing, and high emotional reactivity.
What is an Empath (HSP)?
The term HSP now seems to be a recognised psychological term for people with a much higher level of sensitivity that 'normal.' Normal is a subjective term anyway, as of course we are all 'normal' to ourselves! Being an Empath and a Highly Sensitive Person is the same; we have the increased ability to perceive the mental or emotional state of another individual; we easily and quickly absorb and experience other people's emotions, especially hurt, fear, anger or anxiety, and are often brought to tears when experiencing these emotions; we are easily hurt ourselves and can very quickly get upset with disharmony and discord; we don't like emotional confrontation; we can become very quickly overwhelmed with the world around us, and with people and noise; we are highly intuitive; we instinctively know when people are lying to us or trying to deceive us, and have much stronger gut feelings about things which are - more often than not – correct, and we just 'know' the motivations and intentions of other people. There are lots of other traits too of course!
The Sensitivity Scale
5% of the population are Acute Empaths, or Acutely Sensitive People (ASP). These people frequently feel completely overwhelmed with the emotions of everyone around them and struggle to function in everyday society. Acutely Sensitive People really love helping others though, and will quite literally do anything for anyone, however many often can't actually work in caring or helping jobs as the pain of others upsets them too much, and so ASP are very often solitary souls.
20% of the population are Highly Sensitive People (HSP). Although these people often have real challenges in life, and they often struggle with the world, and within the world, they can however normally function most of the time and in most situations, and because they really do care for others, and about other people, Highly Sensitive People tend to work as nurses, doctors, carers, support workers, therapists, healers, social workers, teachers etc., etc.
50% of the population are Averagely Sensitive People. They care about their loved ones, they help others and they give to charity now and then, but they are not affected that much by the world around them, or the emotions of others, and they don't get overwhelmed with life as much as an HSP or an ASP would. Averagely Sensitive People tend to have regular, non-caring type jobs e.g. electricians, plumbers, accountants, truck drivers, administrative assistants, builders, shop assistants etc., etc.
20% of the population have Little or Low Sensitivity; they don't care much about anyone other than themselves and what they can get out of life. They don't do anything for anyone, they never give to charity and they emotionally separate themselves from everyone around them. These people are bankers who make as much money for themselves without thinking about the consequences for others, business people that only care about profit and who don't care much about their employees, professional landlords that make their tenants live in squalor, Lawyers than defend the worst of the worst just for the money etc., etc. Sadly there are a lot of people in the world with Little or Low Sensitivity.
5% of the population have No Sensitivity – these are the psychopaths and sociopaths, criminals, mercenaries and extremists. They are nasty, cruel people that have no sensitivity, empathy or compassion for anyone.
Of course these are just approximate percentages and rough guidelines based upon my personal experiences and conclusions on this subject, and of course there are empaths working as electricians and truck drivers (examples) and a lot of very uncaring, unkind insensitive people working in the caring industries!
The Empath is probably the only magazine in the world dedicated exclusively to Highly Sensitive People (HSP).
We really do NEED a good, regular, informative magazine, and so in every issue we plan to feature lots of articles and regular columns from HSPs, writers, researchers, therapists and coaches around the world about life and living as a Highly Sensitive Person.
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