Reader’s Digest: 10 Signs You Have Incredible Empathy


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Summary of Article

Do you show the signs that you have empathy? Do you find that people often seek your feedback and support? Do people often come to you with their problems? Do you feel guilty when you can’t help someone in need? Empathic people often put others first. An empath has a desire to understand what someone is going through. But they go further: they want to take a suffering person’s pain away. Being empathic has incredible benefits such as greater intuition, compassion, creativity and a deeper connection to other people. But living in this state of high sensitivity also comes with its challenges, such as becoming easily overwhelmed, overstimulated, exhausted, or absorbing the stress and negativity of others.

In this Reader’s Digest article, I share the skills and characteristics of being an empath and how to focus these gifts for your highest and best good.

Read the full article on Reader’s Digest 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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