Yoga Journal – Empathy Overload


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Summary of Article

Researchers have discovered that people who are highly empathic have higher than average mirror neurons in the brain. This specialized group of cells is responsible for compassion and is especially active in empaths. Empaths are highly sensitive people that absorb the feelings, energies, and emotions of others into their own bodies. Being an empath has incredible benefits, like greater intuition, compassion, creativity and a deeper connection with other people. But living in this state of high sensitivity can also have its challenges.

If too much is coming at an empath too quickly it can lead to exhaustion, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome and even fibromyalgia. Once an empath begins to recognize common factors contributing to the overload, it is easier to take charge of their sensitivities. In my book, The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, I share specific strategies to prevent empathy overload and keep from getting overwhelmed by the pain of others.

Read the full article on Yoga Journal 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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