Elements Behavioral Health – The Hazards of Being an Empath


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Summary of Article

An empath is a highly sensitive person who easily absorbs other people’s feelings, energy and stress. An estimated one in five people is considered highly sensitive and many of them are empaths. Being an empath is often misdiagnosed as social anxiety but the two are very different. In empaths, the brain’s mirror neuron system – a specialized group of cells that are responsible for compassion- are hyperactive. As a result, empaths often absorb the feelings, energies, and emotions of others into their own bodies. Being an empath has incredible benefits, but living in this state of high sensitivity can also have its challenges. In this article for Elements Behavioral Health, I share the top strategies I use with empaths to help them protect their physical and emotional well-being.

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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 www.drjudithorloff.com.

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