Empath Support & Community


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Welcome Fellow Empaths,

Judith Orloff, MDMy goal is to empower empaths and all highly sensitive people to fully embrace their sensitivities and manage the challenges of being a highly sensitive, empathic person. As a physician and an empath myself, I know how important it is for an empath to find a supportive community. That’s why I’ve created this page to provide empath support and highly sensitive people support and to educate their loved ones who may need guidance coping with an empath’s sensitivities.

Please check out my book The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People and my The Empath’s Survival Guide Online Course to learn about empaths and their experiences. Topics in the book and course include health, weight, relationships, love, work, parenting sensitive children, combating narcissists and other energy vampires, protection techniques & celebrating your gift of sensitivity. The companion audio to the book is Essential Tools for Empaths on CD and audible. My related book is “Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People” along with its companion workbook “The Empath’s Empowerment Journal.” My new book is “The Genius of Empathy” to learn to live an empowered empathic life.

I also invite you to participate in Dr. Orloff’s Empath Support Community on Facebook. In addition, you can sign up for my Empath Support Newsletter where I provide tips and strategies for empaths to thrive. I hope you enjoy this page and that it inspires you to embrace the true gift of being an empath.

With love,
PS: I suggest you start your journey with The Empath’s Survival Guide to get a strong foundation in being an empath. Ellen, a reader from Bar Harbor, Maine says about it:

“Where has this book been been for the last 60 years? Countless misunderstandings, arguments, and years of drama could’ve manifested so differently if my family would have read “The Empath’s Survival Guide.” I recognize myself, my siblings, my mother, my spouse and my children in every sentence.”

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Ask Dr. Orloff About Empathy

As an empath how do I know if an emotion is mine or someone else’s?

To make sure your emotions aren’t being activated it’s important to know your top fears and insecurities. (Read my books The Empath’s Survival Guide for strategies.) For instance, are you afraid of depression, lack of success, or illness? The reason this is important to know is that these are the areas where you may be projecting your own fears onto others. If you have doubt about where the emotion is coming from, take a few moments to meditate, center yourself, ask that your fears be lifted, then tune in again to the other person to see if the emotion is coming from them. Also a quick way if you are say, at a party or a gathering, is to simply move at least 20 feet away from the person, out of their energy field. If the emotion dissipates, it was probably coming from them!

Are there special challenges to being a male empath?

There’s nothing more attractive than a sensitive man. As an empathic man you want to hone your sensitivities while also grounding yourself in your power and setting boundaries with negative people so they don’t drain you. Your empathy will allow you to love more fully and be in a loving relationship more fully. But you need to have alone time in a relationship so you can feel comfortable. I write about this in my blog Relationship Tips for Highly Sensitive People from my book, Emotional Freedom. I hope you can lead all men through the threshold of love, sensitivity and embracing commitment without fear.

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Judith Orloff, MD 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, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Gateway Asia. Explore more at www.drjudithorloff.com.