I have known there was something "different" about me pretty much all my life. But I started researching and realizing I was an empath in the past 3 or so years. From what I've heard of / read about regarding the different "types" of empaths and gifts.. I know for certain I have traits of several. The main types being Physically Receptive, Precognitive & Telepathic.
All my life I have always been generally in poorer health than those my age and have been to doctors upon doctors for various different physical ailments that have seemed to come and go. They never could give me an answer for most of them. It wasn't until I started to realize I was picking up on the physical pain/ailments of others.. or negative emotional energy at that. If I am around someone who is ill, who is in any sort of pain physical or emotional, I feel it physically and very intensely. Often times when I've removed or distanced myself, it goes away. I know that the term "sympathy pains" is very real. LOL.
The reason I know I'm surely a precognitive empath is that I have always had thoughts/intuition/gut feelings about certain things happening that have continuously played out accurately, to the point it often freaks me out as well as friends and family members. With death or when someone is going to die, in particular.. maybe this has to do with my fascination with the death and the afterlife! For example, I was living abroad and an elderly woman who was best friends with my great grandmother that went to my family's church passed away while I was away. I had not seen or heard from her, or honestly even thought of her, in many many years. She and I were not close, I only knew her in passing and from attending services when I was very young. Out of the blue, while abroad, one night I thought of her. I kept wondering if she was okay or if something had happened to her and I had no idea why I would be thinking this, but I thought it was so strange I would think of her. I asked my grandmother about her when I returned home, and she told me she had died a month ago (around the time I had thought of her) and she acted a little freaked out that I seemed to have had some premonition. Another time, most recently, my grandfather who raised me and I was extremely close with passed away. He had been ill for some time. I was supposed to go out of town and although everyone kept assuring me (doctors included) that he should still be around for another several weeks and it was okay to leave, I had this feeling that they were wrong and I should not go. I ended up leaving town anyway, and that same night I got extremely overwhelmed with sadness and memories of he and I. I started looking at pictures of him on my phone, and just sobbed and sobbed, feeling as though I already missed him, and had a strange feeling he was there with me, though I kept assuring myself it was in my head. I got the call the next morning that he had passed away that night, and everyone was shocked and felt bad they told me to go ahead and go. I knew when I left him that day, and now regret not listening to myself. - Also recently, a co-worker was murdered tragically. From the moment I met them, I always had some strange feeling around them that I couldn't explain to myself or anyone else. I never told anyone about it. A feeling as though something big or significant would happen surrounding them, some weird draw to this person. It was something I tried to ignore but noticed every time I was around them. When they didn't show up to work one morning and everyone knew something was horribly wrong, I immediately knew they weren't here anymore, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I KNEW something was going to happen to this person the day I met them.
I often will be thinking of something completely random and wonder to myself why the hell I would be thinking of this or that.. then sure enough, someone near me will start talking to someone (or even me) about exactly what I was just thinking of. I take the words right out of people's mouths all the time, and it sometimes weirds them out. When in big groups or crowds, it happens like crazy, and gets overwhelming. To the point where I get anxiety and often have to leave for a while. It's more of picking up on feelings or thoughts, not verbatim, but the general context of what they're wanting to say, or are thinking.
These are the main qualities I seem to possess.