Hello and welcome
I am rather a newb to these empath business too, but I'll try to share my experiences I've made so far:
cons. your first question: yes, it was the same with me. Before I found out that I was actually experiencing the feelings of others, I thought I was going crazy - my emotions where switching abruptly, seemingly without reason. When I found out that I was an empath I suddenly knew what had been the matter with me all these years.
I do not know if predicting dreams are part of beeing an empath, but I sometimes have this kind of dreams too.
How can you tell if your reading people? Personally, I do not believe in coincidence. But I still find it difficult to keep apart my personal emotions and those of other people. It sometimes feels like standing in a dark room and trying to orientate yourself just with your hands. There is no evidence, there is just a sensation.
Sensations in a movie: I experience this too and a lot of other people too from what I have read in this forum. Why does this happen? Perhaps because empaths simply are persons that care, that cannot stay indifferent.
this picking up emotions from others and expressing them for others is something that happens to me rather often and I do not always realize it. It's like I'm a kind of mirror or pressure outlet for others. It's often the suppressed emotions of others that I feel strongest.
connection to people you are close too: this is something I experience too, but in a different way. It's probably normal that you react strongest to people that are close to you.
sensing that a person is dangerous: this has not really happend to me up til now (at least not with evidence following)
to your last question: Did you already look here: http://www.eliselebeau.com/
I hope I could help you , as one newb to another Good luck on your journey!
updated by @chrisis: 03/19/17 04:19:55AM