Updated: Jan 27, 2021
First, let's start by defining an empath. An empath is someone energetically in tune with their surroundings, sometimes absorbing the energy. Science tells us everything is energy. The smallest unit of life is an atom, which is also energy. When you hover your hand over someone, you feel their energy in the form of body heat. Have you ever walked into a room and felt like you could cut the tension with a knife? That's because our thoughts and feelings have energy too. We're all connected by this invisible force of energy. When you're in tune with yourself and your surroundings, you feel that energy, and that's a good thing. Often people describe being an empath as if it were a bad thing, but, quite the opposite, honing into energy gives us extremely useful information about our current situation. Words only mean so much in today's society. When we can read the energy it will tell us so much more than words ever can.
The opposite of an empath is a sociopath, and there's a full spectrum of empathic abilities between. Where we are on the spectrum can, and will, change as we tune in more to energy. No one wants to be a sociopath, except maybe a sociopath. So, let's claim empathy for the superpower it truly is. Learn more about how to hone this gift and avoid absorbing energy from others here.