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 bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her companion book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She blends 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 Gateway Asia. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. 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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