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Welcome Fellow Empaths,
My 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 Video 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. Here is a SAMPLE to listen to.
I also invite you to participate in Dr. Orloff’s Empath Support Community on Facebook. In the group you can submit questions, comments, and feelings about the journey of being an empath. 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.
Ask Dr. Orloff About Empathy
Is there a difference between intuition and being an empath?
Being intuitive means that you are open to non-linear knowledge that comes through gut feelings, ah-ha moments, knowings, sensing energy, and dreams. Intuitive empathy is a form of intuition in which you literally sense and absorb energy and information into your own body from other people. People can have intuition without being an empath. The section in Emotional Freedom on empaths also describes techniques to learn to deal with empathy in a positive way so you aren’t drained by it.
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.
Judith’s Empath Blogs
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