Psychology Today: Help Arrives for Mirror-Touch Synesthetes


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Summary of Article

Synesthesia is a neurologically-based condition in which a person experiences a crossed response to different stimuli such as sight and sound. Synesthetes can hear colors, feel sounds and taste shapes. It is estimated that 4 percent of the population can perceive the world with this blending of senses. Many synesthetes are empaths (although not all empaths are synesthetes).

Empaths are highly sensitive people who absorb the stresses and emotions of others into their bodies. Coupling mirror-touch synesthesia with the extreme empathy that empaths have can be frustrating for those that experience it.

In this Psychology Today article, I share questions to help you determine if you are an empath and then offer tips to manage the positive and challenging aspects of this heightened sensitivity.

Read the full article on Psychology Today 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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