You’re empathic, but are you also an empath?

It’s one thing to have an HSP nervous system: a body that is more sensitive to all kinds of stimuli. It’s something else to also be an empath (= feeling + absorbing energy from others). Typical HSP strategies will help you somewhat, but for you, there’s more going on.

Being Empathic versus Being an Empath: Crucial Differences

August 19, 2013

This article is about the seemingly negligible distinctions between being empathic and being an empath. Seemingly negligible because the practical distinctions are huge! As an HSP, you’ll likely identify with being empathic. For various reasons, it can even be a preferable word to Highly Sensitive. Being empathic means that you are able to relate to […]

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What does Being Empathic Really Mean?

February 22, 2018

Google says it’s: showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another. “an attentive, empathic listener” Makes sense, right? Yet, the processes that underpin empathic listening can be very diverse.   HSP Empathy   First, there is HSP-empathy. This is essentially sensory attunement: you pay attention to the other person with your eyes and […]

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Core Differences Between Empaths and Other People Who are Sensitive to Energy

May 15, 2019

If you’ve been reading my articles for a while, you know that I care a lot about the many subtle and technical distinctions between many kinds of sensitivity. Why? Because depending on the underlying mechanisms of your sensitivity the solution you need will be radically different. You could compare it so something everyday like feeling […]

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Why There Are No Life-Changing Empath Books Out There

September 29, 2014

Every now and again, I get the question: “are there any empath books you’d recommend?” And the short answer is no. Here’s why (the long answer): A few years ago, when I was on a very serious search for empath solutions, I read more than my share of empath books. Yet none of them proved […]

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