Business Insider: The opposite of a narcissist is called an ’empath’ – are you one?

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Summary of Article

Unless you are a psychopath, narcissist, or sociopath, you will have the ability to feel empathy (opposite of narcissist) for others on some level. Those who feel empathy more intensely than others are known as empaths. Empaths absorb the stress and emotions of other people into their own bodies. They don’t have the normal filters that other people do. They are very sensitive to noise, smell, excessive talking, and are easily overwhelmed in crowds and often exhausted after short periods of time in social settings.

If people aren’t aware of being an empath, everyday interactions that others find tolerable could be causing them stress.  In this article, where I was interviewed by Business Insider, I share the top signs that you could be an empath and the critical ways that empaths can unwind and set boundaries to embrace and enjoy their gifts.

Read the full article on Business Insider here.


Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her companion book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Her latest journal is Affirmations for Empaths. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She blends the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her 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, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Gateway Asia. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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