Hi LCB468, in loo of typing I copied this from a post by my good friend Trevor Lewis that may really help in this area.
Here are my initial links for new members talking about wanting to control the empathy:
Elise'sEmpath Survival Program.
Donna Eden'sZip Up Technique
theTools for the Empathgroup
- Thriving As An Empath (my own favorite for reasons that will be obvious when you go there). Incidentally,when Dr Michael Beckwith was on the OWN channel's Help Desk, his answer to the first question was a paraphrase of this paper.
All very excellent methods of protection.
Dan : )