Are You a Relationship Empath?


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Relationship empath

Are You a Relationship Empath?

Are you a relationship empath? In a relationship do you absorb your partner’s stress?  Do you feel like the closer you are to someone the more intense empathy gets?  Or perhaps you unknowingly avoid romantic partnerships because deep down you’re afraid of getting suffocated.  A part of you wants a soul mate; another part is frightened.  To determine whether you’re a relationship empath take the following quiz.



Have I been labeled as overly sensitive?YesNo
Am I afraid of getting engulfed or losing my identity in intimate relationships?YesNo
Do I prefer taking my own car places so I can leave when I please?YesNo
Do I get drained by too much togetherness and require time alone to refuel?YesNo
Do I sometimes prefer sleeping alone?YesNo
When my partner and I travel do I prefer adjoining rooms?YesNo
Do I tend to take on by my partner’s stress or physical symptoms?YesNo
Do I feel overwhelmed by noise, smells, crowds, or excessive talking?YesNo

To calculate your results:

  • If you answered yes to one to three of these questions you’re at least part relationship empath.
  • Responding yes to four to six questions indicates strong empathic tendencies with partners.
  • If you answered yes to seven or eight questions you are a certified relationship empath.

This quiz is from The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff MD


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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