The characteristic of empathetic people is that they are individuals who know how to put themselves in other people’s shoes and understand their emotions and / or their physical symptoms. They are extremely sensitive people.
Their view of the world is very intuitive, they relate to others by prioritizing their emotions and sensations over calculation and coldness, and they generally have difficulty describing and putting into words everything they feel.
Empathy: a quality to be developed
Being an empathetic person is a positive thing in life. But it also has some less desirable points. People with this trait may also be more vulnerable to the emotional impact of things going on around them.
For example, they may be more likely to suffer from anxiety attacks, depression, chronic fatigue, and other symptoms and disorders related to emotional instability.
However, empathy is a virtue that can help us a lot throughout life, Especially if we learn to manage it effectively. The first step is to verify that you are truly an empathetic person.
The 10 traits of empathy
In this article, we have described the 10 characteristics (habits, attitudes and behaviors) own people who have a very strong empathy.
1. They are more sensitive than others
Empathetic individuals are detached, open to new experiences, kind and good “listeners”. They are attentive people and know how to convey these good feelings when communicating with others.
They are always ready to help and offer a shoulder to cry on. But they can also feel hurt and offended with surprising ease.. They are very sensitive people, to the point of being really sensitive in some cases.
2. Empaths “absorb” the emotions of others
People with great empathy feel influenced by the emotions and humor of others. For the best or for the worst.
They are able to sense what others feel more keenly than ordinary people., And this can sometimes be a difficult slab to overcome. If they are close to someone who is anxious or stressed, it costs them horrors that their minds do not imitate these attitudes. Fortunately, they are also infected with positive emotions.
3. They are generally introverts
In an article a few months ago, we talked about the difference between introverted and extroverted people. In the case of empathetic people, the circumstance usually occurs that they are usually quite introverted. They don’t like crowded parties too much, but prefer small groups or going out for coffee with a single friend.
Even among empathetic subjects who are more open to going to parties and crowded places, they tend to be cautious and prefer to moderate the time they spend in such environments.
4. They are more intuitive than average
Empaths perceive the world through their intuition. They like to develop their intuition and are regularly attentive to their feelings. This allows them to surround themselves with positive people and to get rid of those who can alter their emotional balance.
5. They like to spend time alone
They are very sensitive people and they are usually affected if they have listened to and helped others for a long time. For this reason, they must be periodically alone in order to regain their emotional balance.
6. They can overprotect themselves in romantic relationships
Living in a relationship can be difficult for an empathetic person, and they can even develop philophobia or similar manifestations. They avoid falling in love with someone so they don’t have to suffer later if things don’t go as planned.
They may be afraid of being emotionally swallowed by their partner. They need to redefine their concept of a romantic relationship in order to have positive and happy relationships.
7. They are easy prey for emotional vampires
Have you heard of emotional vampires? These are the people who they have a bad habit of unloading all their negativity on others, To those who “suck” their energy to be able to continue in their spiral of fatalism, anger and resentment.
Empathetic people can especially suffer from the effects of having an emotional vampire nearby, as they are particularly vulnerable to all of the bad feelings these people convey.
8. They feel very comfortable in contact with nature
The obligations and stress of daily routines affect us all, but especially empathetic men and women. They usually disconnect and recharge batteries when surrounded by nature: Climb the mountains, enjoy a sunny beach or simply take a walk in a green meadow.
9. They have deep skin sensations
Empathetic people are generally more sensitive. They can feel very bad in noisy environments or when they notice that there is a lot of tension in the environment.
10. They are good people, even at the expense of their own well-being.
Empathetic people are good people: they have a big heart and genuinely care about others. They feel bad when they see someone suffering on the street and they can’t help but take care of themselves to try and ease their pain.
Although this is an undeniable virtue, the truth is, empathetic people can go too far and become obsessed with solving other people’s problems, And feel frustrated or baffled if they fail to resolve their issues.
Empathetic people, as we have seen, they have a number of virtues associated with other issues for their emotional well-being.
There are techniques that can help these people deal with their personalities and not see much damage due to their sensitivity. Controlling time and schedule, setting boundaries with people who need help, and habits such as meditation and mindfulness practice can restore psychological well-being.
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