Do you suffer from overactive empathy? Discover 5 symptoms of overactive empathy and get clear on why you pick up others’ emotions.
Constantly picking up on the feelings and emotions of others can leave you drained and exhausted. You might find this resource helpful: The Complete Empath Toolkit.
The gift of empathy is something that is inherent in all of us. Empathy allows us to show compassion and sympathy for someone else and helps us relate to others on a deeper level. If expressed well; empathy can help us to understand what someone else is experiencing.
But what happens when that empathy goes into overdrive? When you CONSTANTLY pick up on the feelings and emotions of others, you can feel wrung out and energetically drained. You may just want to reach for the off switch and turn it off for good.
If you are unsure your empathy is running on overdrive, here are some common symptoms.
5 Symptoms of Overactive Empathy
You feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, or worn out because you can literally feel the emotions of others, sometimes to the point of being in bed for days afterwards.
When your empathy is constantly working in overdrive it can show up with physical symptoms such as migraines, aches and pains, and the need to sleep more than usual.
Has more than one person told that you are overly sensitive, cry too easily, and you should just get over it? This point can hit home for you if your parents told you from a young age to stop being a crybaby.
You may feel misunderstood and feel like you are the only one you know suffering from this problem. You might be an HSP (highly sensitive person).
Magnet for Negative Energy
You feel like a magnet for negative energy and wonder why people keep dumping their problems on you. If can feel like you have an emotional dumping sign on your forehead with a big ON button.
Have put yourself into social isolation because you keep absorbing the feelings and emotions of others? Because it can be painful at times, you may find yourself declining invitations to join groups or attend a social function.
When you take on the emotions of others, you can feel like an emotional human sponge. You can get hit suddenly with emotions you cannot explain and wonder if they are your own. You can feel like you need to wring yourself out just so you can breathe again.
The Complete Empath Toolkit
Can you look at someone and just ‘know’ what they are going through?
Do you cry easily? Do you find yourself listening with ease to other people’s problems? Have complete strangers easily shared their intimate secrets with you? Have you found yourself drained by other people’s energy?
If so, you might be an empath, and you probably have gone through life being more affected by other people’s energies than you realize.
I have found a great resource for you to help you understand your empathy. It is called The Complete Empath Toolkit.