I completely understand your situation as I have been experiencing this problem myself. As Empaths though, this is a normal thing. We do tend to struggle with distinguishing between what emotions belong to us and what emotions belong to others. This is simply because we are so in touch with other people and their feelings that we tend to neglect our own needs and desires. Many of us unintentionally focus the majority of our energy upon others, causing us to then feel confused as to what we are feeling. When we have the ability to literally feel what others are feeling, this can really confuse us and lead to a combination of emotions such as distress, anger and sadness. The best thing to do to determine whether you are feeling an outside emotion or your own emotion, is to first take a few deep breaths. By focussing on your breathing, you are already beginning to focus in your energy to yourself and your inner feelings. Be aware of each breath you take and as you do this, ask yourself, (in your mind/out loud) what I am feeling right now? Imagine you are the only one in the room at the time and you have nothing else to focus on but yourself. It is just you and only you. Hopefully after re-focussing your energy into your own body, it should be easier for you to then tap into your inner feelings and work out exactly what emotion you are experiencing. Best wishes always.
This is great! Thank you. I will think about how I normally feel (which is happy ... I am so fortunate) and I know it is another person's emotion. I am getting better at it. I recall suddenly becoming angry at work. Thoughts of my sister popped in my mind. (You know that little voice that isn't exactly a voice, but not exactly your own thoughts?) Anyway, I digress, I called my twin and asked her if she was okay. She was very angry. Not something she usually does. My twin is 600 miles away. When she feels extreme emotions I get them. Personally, it is okay because she is my twin and maybe she needs help. I am just really relieved that I do not pick up any intimacy experiences she is having with her husband. Not quite sure how I would handle that one. Eewww!
Good thinking. Thank you. I will get a bad feeling and know something is wrong with my family. I start making phone calls. Sometimes I know exactly who it is, but other times I do not. I would rather know. Once, I never want to feel it again, I felt impending doom. It was horrible. I called my family. Everyone was fine. Exactly one week later my nephew was killed in an accident. Next time I will be better prepared, but I really do not know anything I could have done about it.