updated by @secret-blossom: 07/04/17 05:59:42AM
I can totally relate to what you are describing. First of all I feel being an empath can show up differently for people. Also remember that with such heightened abilities to feel, the results are manifesting in different ways. Just because you are an empath doesn't mean you don't have other abilities. Plus I believe that empaths are very capable of utilizing the energy they experience in ways that seem like psychic abilities. It all ties together. You feel and assess the energy and can FEEL the results of the energetic knowledge you're receiving. Remember that everyone's energy field contains energy they are producing besides energy from other sources. You feel energy people's thoughts create too. What you're experiencing isn't unusual and I also experience it. We perceive energy in more than one way. We don't just feel them, we collect their knowledge. It's complex. We're energy beings having a human being experience
- intuition gets a little confusing when we are face to face. We are programmed to be observational and probably unaware of how much body language or other environmental factors we process sub consciously. 7 out of 10x, empaths just know. its also easy to project our own feelings and there by manifest the conclusion we wanted. I am new to accepting myself as of 2016 and wish you well.
I also experience this with my business. I'm in Customer Service with a travel industry and I can tell when the person is being truthful or if I'm going to be wasting my time almost immediately upon contact. Until now (I'm new to this too) I just thought I was getting good at reading people from over the years... yup! I've been able to read them at a deeper level than I knew. Crazy life!
You're not alone, I can so much as look at a picture and know the type of person someone is. I used to feel guilty because I thought I was judging, when after time I realized that what I see or feel is basically what they make the people around them feel. People tell you who they are one way or another.
I definitely have had this my whole life. When I was a teenager (shame on me) I used these abilities to manipulate people and get what I wanted. As I have grown older I have gotten to where on a good day I can all but read minds it seems sometimes. Because of their energy and "the knowing" of intuition I can tell at least what they are thinking or leaning towards thinking. On a side note it is also very disturbing sometimes picking up on people with VERY BAD intentions.