Reader’s Digest: 10 Signs You Have Incredible Empathy


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Summary of Article

Do you show the signs that you have empathy? Do you find that people often seek your feedback and support? Do people often come to you with their problems? Do you feel guilty when you can’t help someone in need? Empathic people often put others first. An empath has a desire to understand what someone is going through. But they go further: they want to take a suffering person’s pain away. Being empathic has incredible benefits such as greater intuition, compassion, creativity and a deeper connection to other people. But living in this state of high sensitivity also comes with its challenges, such as becoming easily overwhelmed, overstimulated, exhausted, or absorbing the stress and negativity of others.

In this Reader’s Digest article, I share the skills and characteristics of being an empath and how to focus these gifts for your highest and best good.

Read the full article on Reader’s Digest here.


Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her latest book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a TEDX talk. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive HealingExplore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule on

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