The general answer to this question is NO. Empaths are uniquely created with sensitivities those with empathy do not have.
The term Empath is being tossed around a great deal these days. I mean everyone is suddenly an Empath and being abused by a narcissist. This can make it difficult to identify if you are an Empath or if you simply have empathy. The two concepts are completely different, and I'm going to share here what makes them different.
So, let's get started.
1. An Empath has hyperactive mirror neurons in their brains. This means their ability to absorb feelings are almost inevitable.
2. A person with empathy is usually in tune with others and can resonate with others, but they don't think much about emotions after a few hours.
3. An Empath has heightened intuition and increased dopamine sensitivity. Empaths can be easily overwhelmed with too much external stimulation.
4. A person with empathy can sense when someone is sad, but they are not affected by it.
5. An Empath can be greatly affected by energy from outside forces and it can affect how they work, live, and function.
6. A person with empathy is not affected by energy from others.
As you learn more about being an Empath, you'll be able to distinguish if you're one or not. Everyone is not an Empath, but it means a great deal to know more about the sensitivity of Empaths.
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"taking on the history and hurts of others"
Intuitive empaths simply "know" when something is happening to a person or in an environment. Without seeking information, they know a great deal of intel about individuals in their presence. They can sense when a person is truthful, dishonest, hiding, or transparent. They often have claircognizant abilities and can identify a person's motives. Intuitive empaths can be reclusive in nature as they seek to find refuge from "knowing" more than they wish to know.
"taking on the pains of others"
Physical empaths are hyper-aware of illnesses and ailments within the bodies of others. They can sense when another person is sick or emotionally distraught. Physical empaths can identify exact pain points in one's body and often can "feel" the pain in their own body. They can see where others are "hurting" in the spiritual realm as well. Physical empaths often suffer from invisible ailments such as chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders.
"taking on the thoughts of others"
Telepathic empaths seem to know what others are thinking before the words are spoken. They can "read" the thoughts of others and identify pockets of fear within a person. Telepathic empaths have high emotional intelligence and can help others speak their truths to the world. Empaths who can "read someone's mind" may find themselves seeking a small circle of acquaintances and trusted individuals to ensure they aren't taking on the thoughts of others.
"taking on what's in the air"
Environmental empaths can identify when a space or location is safe or dangerous. They have the ability to sense the "spirit" of the room, and identify whether cleansing needs to take place. Environmental empaths may find themselves sensitive to smells, lighting, and sounds. Their senses are keen, and they can tell when something has happened in a space. Environmental empaths are nature lovers who seek solace in natural atmospheres. They may avoid certain locations due to the feeling the space carries.
"taking on the emotions and feelings of others"
Emotional empaths are the most mutable of all the types. They often can feel hidden emotions with intensity. Even when someone attempts to hide their emotions, these empaths can pinpoint the true emotion. Without consciously attempting to shift their own emotional state, these empaths often find themselves in emotional states not their own. They can experience the sadness, anger, and fear of others without being directly connected to the person or the situation. Emotional empaths are also easily drained in large crowds due to the variety of emotions from different people.