Do I fit the label "empath"?
Hi everyone. I'm new here. Although I've been aware of the term empath for a long time, I only realised it may fit me in the last three to six months. So does the label fit?
I've never liked crowded places, and I've never really known why. When I stop to think about it, however, I know I feel over-stimulated and indeed often overwhelmed and on edge. I get bouts of sadness and anxiety that come suddenly and lift before I know it, sometimes when in public or sometimes wherever I am.
I'm creative and composed music for about 15 years in total as a serious hobby. I was serious about drawing/sketching and visual art generally as a child. I had a vivid imagination. I say had because I've tended not to use it as much as I'd like for a while.
I feel storms coming, particularly more severe fronts. I am electrosensitive, particularly to fluorescent lights, mobile phones and pcs.
I have always been able to 'read' people and lately I've taken more notice of this, and realise I can sense energy from people. Highly controlling people make me feel uptight (or do I feel that they're uptight?) and make my head kind of spin out of control. Some people have energy that seems 'blurry' or 'dull' to me and sometimes they look sick in some way also.
I am very intuitive and tend to just know the reasons for events and behavior. To me it's generally obvious, but evidently not so to most others.
My mother used to say I could just read people and she trusted in me if I got a bad feeling about someone as a child.
Now I have my own children. The other day, my son was highly anxious about something (fortunately not serious but stressful for him). I was about 12 miles away from him and not in contact, and suddenly felt tight in the chest and jittery. I knew what time it was. After I got home and heard about what had happened, I described it to my son, he said that's exactly how he felt and it was at the same time.
I wonder how many times in my life something like this has happened and I thought the origin was within me!
I'm a very (very) direct and open person. I'd rather confront issues than ignore them. I find it very difficult to take passive aggression and I think the reason is that I feel the aggression very strongly and find it no excuse at all that the outward behavior is 'passive' (to me that doesn't really fit anyhow).
My first degree is in Psychology and I also have a PhD in psychometrics/educational statistics.I don't rate a lot of psychology all that highly, albeit a lot of very interesting stuff has been done in psych.
I'm known as hypersensitive by people who know me well, and that is true enough as I tend to be sensitive to things, chemical, electrical, emotional, etc.
Quite enough about me. I have quite a few topics I want to discuss here but have been on forums enough to know that it's generally a good idea to introduce yourself first.Nice to be here!
updated by @snap: 01/29/17 11:14:30PM