Elements Behavioral Health – The Hazards of Being an Empath


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Summary of Article

An empath is a highly sensitive person who easily absorbs other people’s feelings, energy and stress. An estimated one in five people is considered highly sensitive and many of them are empaths. Being an empath is often misdiagnosed as social anxiety but the two are very different. In empaths, the brain’s mirror neuron system – a specialized group of cells that are responsible for compassion- are hyperactive. As a result, empaths often absorb the feelings, energies, and emotions of others into their own bodies. Being an empath has incredible benefits, but living in this state of high sensitivity can also have its challenges. In this article for Elements Behavioral Health, I share the top strategies I use with empaths to help them protect their physical and emotional well-being.

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Judith Orloff, MD is a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates 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 Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at www.drjudithorloff.com.

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