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Signs of an Empath 

Empaths are emotional sponges who absorb both the stress and the joy of the world. They often feel everything to an extreme and have a little guard up between others and themselves. As a result, they are often overwhelmed by excessive stimulation and are prone to exhaustion and sensory overload.

Empathy is the ability to tune in to how another person is feeling by registering those feelings through the body.

They perceive the world through an extra-magnified lens.

- Judith Orloff, MD, a physician specializing in treating empaths and sensitive people, and New York Times bestselling author of

The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

Self Assessment - Is Your Child An Empath?
  • Does your child feel things deeply?

  • Do people, crowds, noise, or stress overstimulate your child?​

  • Does your child have strong reactions to sad or frightening scenes in books or movies?

  • Does your child want to escape and hide from family gatherings because there's too much going on? 

  • Does your child feel different from other kids or complain about not fitting in?

  • Is your child a good listener and compassionate?

  • Does your child surprise you with intuitive comments about others or yourself?

  • Does your child have a strong connection to nature, plants, and animals, or even stuffed animals?

  • Does your child require a lot of time alone rather than playing with other kids?

  • Does your child take on friends' stress or upset?

  • Does your child take on your own or other people's emotions or stress--and act out when you're angry, upset, or depressed?

  • Does your child have one best friend or a few good friends rather than a large social network?

Here's how to score this assessment:

  • 10 to 12 yeses indicate a child with extremely strong empath traits

  • 7 to 9 yeses indicate strong empath traits

  • 4 to 6 yeses indicate moderate empath traits

  • 1 to 3 yeses indicate some empath traits

  • 0 yeses indicate a child who is not an empath

No matter where your child is on this spectrum, all children can benefit from being taught to honor their particular sensitivities.

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