Hi all, I'm new here.
I've had multiple people tell me over the years that they think I'm an empath. Sometimes I think I might be, but sometimes I'm really not so sure. Sometimes I know what someone around me is feeling even if they don't give outward indications, but it seems that just as often, or even more often, I have no idea what anyone is feeling and I have difficulty reading body language and facial expressions.
I have ADD, OCD, and I'm on the spectrum, and I suspect those aspects of myself may create obstacles for me when it comes to my intuition. I do have a very difficult time being in a crowd (I saw some other posts about that) and I sometimes will feel an emotion that doesn't make sense or fit a situation, but that can happen even with I'm not in close proximity to anyone else, so I don't know where it comes from. When I have one of those moments that I know what someone is feeling, it's generally a sense of how they feel physically, more than emotionally. It's more of a "knowing" - this person has a headache, or that person is having lower back pain. I don't actually physically feel the pain that they are feeling; I feel something like the memory of that kind of pain, if that makes any sense. But when I feel the unexplained emotions that I mentioned above, I'm actually feeling those emotions, even if they don't make sense in the situation.
I'm curious - can any of you share any of your experiences with how you learned that you were an empath, how (or if) you became able to determine where feelings are coming from (if they are your own vs someone else's), etc.?
Thanks in advance, and thanks for approving me as a member!
updated by @justme: 06/14/20 09:29:02AM