Via Alex Myleson Jun 15, 2015 Like with all things, there are variations of the empath personality type. Some people will identify strongly, others will only recognise themselves in a few of the following traits: 1. Feels calmer when alone, and, in relationships, requires distance and regular periods of solitude. 2. When in the company of others an empath struggles to work out whether they are feeling their own emotions or the emotions of those around them. 3. Struggles to remain present as the chaos of emotions around them pushes and pulls on an empath’s own thoughts, feelings and emotions. 4. Often says yes to others without thinking of their own needs. 5. In relationships or friendships, very often puts other people before themselves, as though everyone else’s pleasure and happiness is more important than their own. 6. Relationships can often move too fast and can become intense very quickly as the empath connects on a deep, intimate level very quickly due to the ability to absorb other people’s energy and emotions. 7. An empath will often take full responsibility for how others treat them and for anything that goes wrong in relationships. They have a great amount of compassion and can clearly see other people’s emotional baggage and so they make many excuses for why people behave as they do, and this is very often to the detriment of an empath. 8. Tends to connect with people who are suffering and often wants to heal others or try to make the world a better place for them. 9. Can find themselves taking on and absorbing other people’s problems and being used as a sounding board or dumping ground so that others can offload their emotional baggage. 10. Instinctively knows when someone around them is not being truthful. 11. Sometimes empaths just know things, without having any idea of where they gained the information. When trying to work out the truth from a lie it can seem as though the information has been presented forward so that it can be used to help make a decision. The empath should only trust the information if they are highly skilled at reading themselves and others accurately and if paranoia or other information is not clouding their judgement. 12. An empath’s mind is an inquisitive one and they are constantly searching for answers and theorize and philosophise constantly. 13. An empath who is highly in tune with themselves and skilled at reading others will often be able to pick up on someone else’s thought processes even if they are thousands of miles away. 14. Connects very strongly to the animal kingdom and identifies very easily with the emotional and physical pains that animals go through. 15. Is often most at peace and feeling harmonious when spending time with nature and roaming around the outdoors.