updated by @phyllis2: 07/21/18 09:32:46AM
If someone is determined not to accept, there is NOTHING you can do to change their mind.
If they are skeptical (which I think is better than cynical?), then all you can really do is keep chipping away.
If it helps, I wrote up my own story as a way of explaining my experiences to non-empaths. See http://empathcommunity.eliselebeau.com/profiles/blogs/we-are-all-connected-how-i-came-to-recognize-myself-as-an-empath
Good luck ... and best you can, be patient. With the rate consciousness is rising these days who know how quickly we might find ourselves as the new normal!
I don't tell my husband about all of my abilities, but he knows very well I'm an empath and that I do energy work and all that stuff that is often connected with empath-ness, but he doesn't know the extent. At first he told me he literally hated it, then he saw me go through a healing transformation. Our family got healthier as a result and so did our marriage. He still doesn't know what to think about me having crystals or doing energy work for myself and friends or being a Reiki master and all that, but he has seen real, measurable results, so he has definitely warmed to it all, and sort of just lets it go. I still struggle feeling free to be open about it all, but I think it's okay to just keep some of it to yourself if you don't think others can handle it. That's why it's nice to have places like this where just about everyone can relate.
I'm having the exact same issue with my husband! This morning to be exact. He doesn't fully believe in my abilities which I have most recently found out. He is a logical thinker and honestly, I know in my heart he somewhat thinks I'm a nutcase. He would never come out and say it, but I definitely pick up on the fact that he thinks it's nonsense and I'm headed straight to the looney bin! I can't believe after almost 10 years of us being together that he feels that way about my epiphany! I totally understand where you are coming from Phyllis! It's frustrating beyond belief! I feel like if he doesn't embrace this gift/curse of mine, that we will not last. I am at a loss when it comes to getting through to him and that just sucks.