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Five Types of Empaths

When I first started to explore my gifts and talents as an intuitive, I found it difficult to figure out what type of intuitive I was. I didn’t resonate with the way many people experienced their intuition, and the label “empath,” as defined by many, didn’t quite work for me, either.

For instance, if you research “empath” on Google and start perusing the articles that pop up, you’ll see descriptions like “Knowing stuff without being told” (which is claircognizance, by the way, and has nothing to do with being an empath), “Strangers will unload their baggage onto you seemingly out of the blue,” “Abhors clutter,” “Constantly drained or fatigued,” “Can’t walk by someone in pain.” And many others that simply didn’t resonate with me.

I’d show you a picture of my office to disprove the “Abhors clutter” one… but I like you too much to do that to you. At the moment there are three piles of papers on the floor, and I can’t find my coaster under all the paper on my desk.

My messiness aside, I didn’t understand that the intuition talks to different people in different ways. We all have our own unique “language” when it comes to psychic development and the intuition, and I was simply getting information differently than the people I was reading about.

It wasn’t until I started working with people one on one with my coaching that I really understood how incredibly varied the intuition is. So, if you have felt confused about being an empath (or are just curious), check out the video below. It’s 13 minutes, and it has some fantastic tips to tell what type of empath you are.

As always, the action happens on the blog! So, if you have great tips for figuring out your empath style, head on over and share!

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5 Comments

  1. Posted January 2, 2014 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    i want to know what kind of empath i am as i experience all the 5 types of empathic feelings?

    • Posted January 2, 2014 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      Hi John,

      If you experience all 5, then you are all 5 types of Empaths. It’s not uncommon to have more than one.

      xoxo
      Erin-Ashley

  2. Chelsea
    Posted March 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I was just wondering if you’d be willing to give me your opinion on a subject? I think I might be some sort of empath or at least have some tendencies but I’m not so sure what’s going on. I personally don’t have a lot of feelings, as in I don’t feel much emotion, usually just mellow. But I’m pretty reclusive and there are some people I can tolerate being around and other people I just can’t spend too much time with. Usually I get uncomfortable around the latter because it’s like they make me feel, but I think because I’m so used to just feeling on one note, I get overwhelmed and literally need to escape. It’s like I get this feeling in my chest and I know I’m feeling, I just don’t know what it is. It’s like when your hand has been out in the cold for god knows how long and you put it into some water, it doesn’t matter if it’s cool/warm/hot you’re not going to be able to tell what temperature it is, it’s only going to register that it is uncomfortable. That’s how it is when I’m around those people. I don’t know what I’m feeling, only that I AM feeling and it’s intense and uncomfortable. But then I also have this sick need to make people feel comfortable around me and open up and I don’t even realize I’m doing it, but then it usually gets to a point where I feel like they’re taking little bits of me, literally, and I scamper away in my usual, spastic style. And I know that sounds crazy, because how can people take bits of you? And in addition to that stuff I also feel bad because I have a lot of problems with people being attracted to me/liking me when I don’t feel the same way about them but I also think that it’s generally my fault because there are times that I just have this need to make people feel so good around me, like I know life can suck and I just want them to feel content and at ease, even if it’s just for a few minutes. And there are times when I’m convinced I’m like projecting something that is manipulating them in some way. And I literally feel crazy. And a lot of times I feel like all this could mean something, or that it doesn’t mean anything. Or perhaps I have some sort of disorder. I don’t know. But I do feel bad for my google search bar.

    • Posted March 25, 2014 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Hi Chelsea, it sounds like you’re a very sensitive person, possibly an empath, and have been numbing yourself. I’d highly recommend checking out this PDF (http://www.spiritualmechanic.com/sensitive-superpower-success/) and slowly lean into feeling again. It’s not easy to do, so give yourself plenty of time and space to do it. When a sensitive does this, it’s usually because they are SO sensitive that it’s really hard to want to connect because the feelings are completely overwhelming and trigger anxiety of not being able to control the emotions, themselves or the environment (or all three). If you haven’t already, take up a very light meditation practice. One or two minutes a day to start. You can always add more once that’s easy, and it may not be easy for you at first.

  3. Amber
    Posted April 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I need help!!! I believe my 8 year old daughter Eternity has inherited my families empathetic abilities. << not the problem… the real problem is i dont know how to help her understand, control, or even work with these abilities. Personally, i have been suppressing mine since a young age always being told its not true, cant happen, or i was making it up… i dont want that for her. Its gotten so bad for her this past year she cant even manage in school always in pain or not feeling well unable to concentrate on work because she is so overwhelmed with everything she is receiving… she can tell me things are going to happen before they do mostly tramatic things. I dont know how to help her where to find help for her, i cant even help her understand and harness what is going on with her.. CAN YOU HELP MY BABY????

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