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! CLICK HERE to read more about The Sensitivity Scale and CLICK HERE for a 25 Point HSP Self-Test.
The Empath is an online platform for information and articles dedicated exclusively to Empaths and Highly Sensitive People (HSP). Our community really does need a good, regular, informative platform, and so we plan to feature lots and lots of articles and regular columns from writers, researchers, therapists and coaches around the world about life and living as an Empath and a Highly Sensitive Person.
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