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 a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates 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 Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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