Are you an open book or not?
- Receiving: Our sensitivity as receivers will factor into how much energy we pick up.
- Sending: Some people transmit their energy more strongly than others, and the depth of the emotions that they are experiencing will also turn up the volume that they are sending out.
- Awareness: The unaware person may be just as sensitive as the aware person. The latter will understand why they have mood swings; the former will not.
Blood relatives will affect us regardless of where in the world we are and whether we are thinking about them or not. The link between sender and receiver is often stronger where there is a blood connection. Often, empath children may process the emotions of their parents or siblings long into adulthood.
Friends and acquaintances will impact us primarily based on the strength of the emotional connection we have to them, largely without regard to physical proximity. The stronger the emotional connection is, the less important the physical proximity is. Having worked from home for many years with teams spread all over the country, I have picked up energy from managers and teammates regardless of location.
Neighbors and strangers will influence us based on physical proximity. This is true for the people living in our neighborhood and the strangers we brush up against in the shopping mall.
All that said, it's not as simple as whether the reader is an empath or not.
I suspect you can shield from being read by most empaths just as much as from non-empaths. But if it were an empath that you felt a strong connection with, you were in the same room, you were open to being read, and they were a strong receiver, then - yes - I am sure they could read you like an open book
Hope this helps.