There are what I call jaded Empaths think that speaks for itself; misusing the ability as it is there compassion that is battered down through way to many negative key point in life growth. It is not too dis-similar to how an sociopath works they say a sociopath has no empathy I disagree and latest research is discovering it is there they can feel how another is feeling but do not feel the compassion. I think this is were they get the talent to read people and abuse them. We need to have a distinction between the terms sympathy, empathy, and compassion.
If Empaths can feel another's feelings it does not necessarily mean they have compassion or antipathy this is a choice influenced by their own experience of life the values they hold and how much of an innate level of compassion they had to begin with. I think generally speaking most Empaths grow in the direction of Compassion through the experience of Empathy. The spectrum of empathy strength in humans on a scale from Sociopath through to Empath is perhaps not linear but circular.
Very Interesting Insights KitKat. I too have often thougth of Sociopath/Empath and all the variety in between as a circle where Empath and Sociopath actually meet (both having extreme insight into the human experience of another) and the difference being what they do about it. hmmmm. thanks for your post.
I know that love conquers All. Do you ever feel like there comes a time to pull yourself back in, and even though you feel what you think is empathy in a socialpaths/narcissist voice , walk away from them without offering healing? (Tough love healing ) Like you would a toddler, laying in the middle of the floor, pitching a tantrum because he or she didn't get their way? I know most socialpaths feed off of the energy they steal by Making someone fear them or causing mental pain. It seems to be what they enjoy. Of course, if your the victim that has received a beaten down by them, you really , at that point , feel defeated , but I'm talking more about the ones that are watching. I would probably wouldn't have to say anything because my expression and the feel of my energy would be a tell tell sign . I think an Empaths personality plays a big roll in how they will react.
Im wondering why this person is considered an Empath I can understand,even Empaths, have their bad days but by nature, we don't inflict pain unless we go into a survival or protector mode.
There are all kind of Empaths on this forum but even the dark Empaths don't feel like socialpath because darkness does not always mean evil.
Sorry, just in a wondering mood