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Do empaths have stronger physical reflexes and a startle response?
Question: Dr. Orloff,
First, I'd just like to thank you. I answered "yes" to all but two of your questions in Emotional Freedom about being an Empath. Now I know. I've read loads of fiction and seen many movies with empath characters, but never made any connection to myself. I had to go to a neurologist about a year ago for an eye problem I was having. When he checked my reflexes, he found them to be overly sensitive. My body automatically over-reacted to his little hammer. My startle reflex is also a bit over the top. I was wondering if other empaths have over active reflexes?
Answer: Dear Michele,
Yes, it is a revelation to find out that you are an empath. I'm glad the quiz in the book helped. Yes, I've seen that empaths have very sensitive physical reflexes and a quick startle response. As an empath, I notice this in myself and many of my patients have reported this. On a physical level, empaths are highly sensitive people with a highly sensitive nervous system. That's why it's important to learn how to calm yourself with meditation, exercise, being in nature and quiet contemplation as well as not to over-do social activity. It's vital to learning how to listen to your body and set clear boundaries with people or situations that are draining.
All the best,