Hello, new here and feeling unsettled.
I was recently reading an article about sociopaths, and it mentioned Empaths being targets, so I looked up empaths and felt like I was reading about myself. This is strange to me, because I've never believed in crystals, or healing or psychics etc. I'm a person who needs to see evidence, I read scientific studies in my spare time. So the last few days I have swung between "I think I may be an empath" to "I think I may be going crazy".
I always feel other people's emotions and become the same way, if someone is happy, sad, angry, then I become happy, sad angry. But I just thought that was normal, I thought that happened with all people - doesn't it? I feel uncomfortable in crowds almost overwhelmed, and usually find at a party I can't relax until I've had some alcohol.
Last year I had a weird experience, where one night I had severe chest pains, I thought I was having a heart attack (even though I'm in my 30s) and found out the next day that my dad's best friend had died of a heart attack at exactly the same time I was having chest pains. I brushed it off as a coincidence. Correlation doesn't equal causation and all that kind of stuff
I remember when I was 12 I had a dream about work being done at the cemetery my dad was buried in, they had put in a pond with coy fish and a new iron sculpture, gardens etc - it looked completely different to when I ad been there last. I told my mother about the dream on the way to the cemetery, and she doesn't believe that stuff either - but even she became freaked out when we got the the cemetery and it was all as I described. I was very scared by that, and have never had a dream like that since.
My friends have also said that I am the best judge of character, sometimes I just know when someone is not a good person. Everyone else will love them, and I will say to my friends, "I don't know why, I just don't trust them, just be careful" and I am always right. I have also had feelings like that about friends that I have chosen to ignore, and was burt as a result, like an intuition or something.
How do you really know if you are an Empath? Can you get a reading done or something? And is there anyway to turn it off? I know a lot of people feel this is a gift, but I have just felt stressed out my whole life, and I think this may be the reason, it makes so much sense (or else I am having a breakdown).
Thank you so much in advance.
updated by @brid: 01/20/17 03:16:27AM