I must say I was very relieved and encouraged to find this website. I've been searching for a local support group for empaths and those who deal with our struggles but to no avail. I have recently, throughout the past year or so, discovered the source of why I am so much more sensitive and almost like a sponge to energy and feelings of others plus my own. The biggest struggle I have faced is how to keep from gathering so much energy in the form of pain or fear from others. It can be false fear, like in a movie, or true emotions of another. I gather it, unwillingly sometimes, so much that it becomes an actual pain in my body. I've had panic attacks for the past 5 or 6 years and even though I have many demons in my past as I'm sure we all do, I could never understand why I had them and had finally just blamed it on some fear I held and was reminded of at those moments. The more I learn about this whole world, the more I see it in myself. But it doesn't make it easier to understand sometimes, and I become more confused then before I've chalked most of it up to, and this is what I've tried explaining it to my bf, that I suck in others energy, without my knowing or wanting to, and it overwhelms me with whatever emotions they have. Sounds like I need a shrink lol
My biggest challenge has been shielding myself. I've always been the one who fixes others pain and am realizing that I somehow need to guard my own soul if I want to continue to be able to help others.
Any guidance or experiences anyone would like to share about how they cope with this, I'd be so grateful to read them. Thank you so much <3
updated by @victoria: 04/14/17 09:19:02PM