9 Things an Empath Will Hide From You

Are you an empath? Do you know which attributes tell you you’re an empath?

This article is quite informative and accurate with the 9 signs listed below that help you identify with being an empath. I was born an empath so I can relate to all these signs. Can you relate to any of them?

Some people misconstrue the definitions of empathy and sympathy. Below are the definitions of these two words explained from Meriam Webster’s Dictionary.com


Spell Syllables


the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing
 of the feelings, thoughts,
or attitudes of one another.


the imaginative ascribing to an object, as natural object or work
 of art, feelings or attitudes present in oneself.
(By means of empathy, a great painting becomes a mirror of the self.)




Spell Syllables
nounplural sympathies.


harmony of or agreement in feeling, as between persons or on
 the part of one person with respect to another.


the harmony of feeling naturally existing between persons of like
 tastes or opinion or of congenial dispositions.


the fact or power of sharing the feelings of another, especially in
 sorrow or trouble; fellow feeling, compassion, or commiseration.


You’ve probably heard the word empath thrown around carelessly and perhaps thought it had something to do to with clairvoyance or psychic abilities. You might have even thought it was a gift of some sort and that empaths were few and hard to find.

You’re wrong. Empaths live among us daily. They are the friends who can’t watch a movie that contains violent scenes, she is the shy friend who somehow always makes you feel better when you talk to her, she is the rest caring nurse who took care of you in the hospital, she is your annoying little sister who always hovering around and trying to take care of you.

Empaths are people who have a great amount of compassion and care and have the ability to feel the pain of others as though it were theirs. They are also known by their immeasurable amount of love and care.

With all of these responsibility placed on empaths by their gifts, they easily get tired and are vulnerable to selfish psychopathic people who drain them more and more till there’s nothing left.

9 Signs that show a person is Empathic

1. Sensitivity

Empaths have this uncanny way of drawing out negative feelings and replacing them with happy light-hearted feelings sometimes without the person knowing. They just realize that they feel better about what’s going on in their lives. They also know how to help people get past their negative feelings about themselves and making them feel good about themselves. So, if you have that one friend who always manages to make you feel better, now you know why.

2. Absorbs Emotions

One of the greatest abilities that an Empath has is the ability to listen to other people. They have this serene aura about them that makes you keep talking to them while they listen to you. There also exists this pull we have to tell them about our deepest worries.
They don’t just keep looking like they understand, they actually do listen, to your words, your nonverbal cues, and even your unspoken words. They really do listen and most times what we need is a listening ear and empaths are always there. . . . Continue Reading 



58 thoughts on “9 Things an Empath Will Hide From You

  1. Great post and one I haven’t seen either!

    There have been countless studies, moral and immoral, on empaths over the years.

    It’s an interesting ability. I’ve read countless books about it.

    As a result, I have to keep my distance from many people in order to not absorb negative energy, it makes me physically ill. My health has suffered immensely because of people who take advantage.

    Thank you for posting this.


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    1. Thanks for reading and sharing Donna. I have the same problems with absorbing people’s energies so I too am still always in a dilemma about how to try and avoid being around those types of emotional vampires, especially when they are sometimes hard to avoid. 🙂

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  2. Great post, Debbie—reblogged it. I realized I was an empath when going to healing services. I could feel emotions so thick I could barely breathe. Everyone else would leave hesled orcat least energetic and elated. I left exhausted, physically snd emotionally. I figured I got this ‘gift’ when I died several times after botched surgery but in retrospect I think I always had it. Now I know to avoid toxic friends and am still working on not feeling other’s pain physically as it does neither of us any good.

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    1. Micki, I know exactly what you mean about feeling drained and exhausted in a toxic environment. I think it is an ongoing work in progress for empaths to first discover that we are so reactive to toxic energies and vampire -like people who suck our energies.
      I’m sorry to hear about your horrifying surgery experience, and I’m no authority on this so I can’t say how long you’ve had these empathic powers, but only you would know by searching within how long you’ve had the ability to pick up on other people’s energies, but if I were to wager a guess, I’d say you were probably born with it.
      It sometimes takes us a lifetime to learn. And thanks for sharing. 🙂 x


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  4. An interesting article and thanks for sharing Debby.. It is interesting that having worked with alternative therapists for many years, that you become attuned to those who are empaths and those who are doing it because it is a job. The major part of many therapies is relieving pain, listening intently and giving energy whilst absorbing the negative. hugs ♥♥

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  5. It’ very difficult being an empath sometimes, because you feel too much. It can be very draining and it makes you want to hide from the world sometimes. I write in the genres that I write, because it allows me to purge the negative emotions I pick up around me in a positive way. Expressing the good and bad on paper helps me create harmony within myself. Great article, Debby!😊❤️

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing that Vashti. You are bang on! The hardest thing for us is ‘the drain’ those energies put on us. No surprise many empaths are writers. I’ve always used writing to release. I’ve also learned to walk away from toxic people. ❤ xx

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  6. I didn’t have to read the list to know I’m One of these, but I did anyway. However, I deviate somewhat from the list as I’m an extro/introvert. And I have worked on not letting people take unfair advantage of me.

    Also, I have a theory about the absorbing emotion part: Perhaps my feeling the burdens of others lessens their suffering. No way to prove this, but I hope so. 🙂

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    1. I’m not surprised you fit the bill here Marian. And good on you for learning to not be taken advantage of. I learned that in the last few years, but it took a half a lifetime. Better late than never! 🙂


  7. The best piece I’ve read thus far on this, Debby. A rare gem! Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to share this with my twin sister. We both are empaths and, thankfully, have each other to stay grounded during the most challenging times. I worked as a Counsellor for 15 years and needed to step away from that role for a while. I love that I feel so deeply, though. Thanks again for another fabulous share. XO

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  8. I’ve known for decades I am an empath, and I’ve had to figure out ways of coping with it in terms of lifestyle (I don’t do crowds, and I don’t do negative people except in short bursts), but it has enabled me to be of real help to people because I can easily identify with what they are feeling, whether they are expressing it or not, and help them where I can.
    I probably understood this sooner than many people because of my interest in speculative fiction, where the ‘gift’ is taken and expanded to the nth degree in many works of fiction.
    I wouldn’t be any other way, though sometimes it’s tough!

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    1. Deb, I’m not surprised. In fact, this post has brought out lots of comments and all those I suspected had this ‘gift’ do. No wonder we feel more comfortable in our writing circles than we do sometimes with those in our everyday lives! 🙂

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  9. Thanks for posting, Debby. I was going to say, but see it’s been brought up in the comments, that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Yes, I think empaths are generally seen as loving, caring, light-bringers, good listeners… But there is a dark side to this. You’ve definitely touched on that and the comments have as well. It can be extremely difficult. Being an “emotional sponge”, as I call it, has its downside. People who soak up others’ pain need to be careful and make a special attempt to take care of themselves (which is not always their main focus). *nudge* Okay, I’m being super negative here. It’s a great share. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks for visiting and chiming in here Sarah. No, you’re not being negative, you’re stating an important fact. Often my sisters here and I will talk about those pitfalls as we all struggle to find a way to deflect the negative energies which often comes with being an empath. A work hazard that comes with the job. LOL ❤ xx

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