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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 author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, upon which her articles are based. 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, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today. She is a New York Times best-selling author of Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. More information at www.drjudithorloff.com.