They do, they do, unfortunately more than fortunately , I might add, since I always seem to be the one who gets the short end of the stick in the sense that I've ended up being drained more than i ever think I did that to someone unintentionally. The problem is you do not realize this, in fact, you live with it, until you get out of the immediate sphere of influence of thoughts of that person: and this might as well apply to parents and toxic "wheels". I used to get tired and lack energy really fast, and somehow I've tried looking into the problem from multiple angles... do sport, eat healthy, not think about this or that.. turns out it only became better when i actually started paying attention to my inner self/perceptions. On a similar note, many popular "society" teachings are nothing but the opposite of what you should follow to actually reach your goals while maintaining your values if you have any.
Reshaping your relationship and re-addressing your own attitude and confidence in yourself are big attributes to develop in order to have a more balanced life... at least for me, it seems, i needed to work on this. Despite how much I did not like aggressive, stressful environments somehow I end up in them. Karma is a bitch I guess, and sometimes I am wondering whether I am actually getting anything useful out of this by default, and not what I actively have to transform into "good stuff" through addressing it differently. People are so messed up. So, so frigging messed up. I am a person too but way too many things just left and still leave me speechless. I want to try and be close to nature as much as I can during my life.
I am very sensible when it comes to links and perceptions... and this has been a "problem" all my life except when it came to actual people being themselves, or kids, or animals...... For me it feels natural, to be in this kind of contact with someone or something. The confusing part is seeing all the blockages coming from other sides, dubious mindsets and so on that only mess up a natural link that would be created between two souls. So many needless things that we embrace and so many "rugs" to hide the "garbage" under. Being taught a more direct way of addressing your own feelings would be so much more beneficial to the society than aiming at hiding them until you explode or do "what someone else says you should" before you even become aware of yourself.
The link with certain people gets so close that I can perceive what the others feels during sleep but definitely not only (i mean during mine, in form of dreams, especially if it's about unexpressed things), and they can fast be felt on the physical plane. I am also positive about telepathy and it's as real as it can get. There are a lot of things happening on the mental plane and in fact most things start there. Funny how so many oppose it.