8 Jobs That Are Great for Empaths (and 3 That Aren’t) (2023)

While it’s important for everyone to get on a career path and find jobs that feel like the right fit for them, it’s especially important for empaths, who are more empathetic, sensitive, and in tune with others’ thoughts, feelings, and emotions than the average person. In the right role, that empathy and sensitivity can help you build a thriving career—but in the wrong one, the same qualities can prove to be a major liability to both your performance and happiness.

If you consider yourself an empath, what should you be looking for in a job? What kind of work environment will you thrive in? What are the roles that play to your natural strengths and which ones should you be wary of? Read on to find out.

What Is an Empath and What Common Traits Do They Have?

Before we jump into some of the best career paths for empaths, let’s dig in a little deeper into what it means to be an empath.

“An empath is someone who has a higher level of empathy than the average person,” says Alicia Reece, a certified executive coach, author, and talent strategist with over 20 years of experience working with individual professionals and leaders—including empaths. “They are sensitive and in tune to people’s energy, emotions, and thoughts—even if they don’t know them.”

This deep connection with other people “gives [empaths] the ability to connect with others and their feelings in a way that most people cannot,” says Michelle Enjoli, a career coach (and self-professed empath!) who specializes in helping professionals connect to new career opportunities.

There are a few key characteristics and personality traits that go hand in hand with being an empath. Empaths tend to be more:

  • Intuitive: “Empaths are great at reading people’s thoughts, energy, motivations, and desires beyond their words,” Reece says.
  • Caring: “Empaths care a great deal about people,” Reece says. “They have an innate feeling of kindness and compassion.”
  • Giving: Empaths are also “natural givers,” Reece says. “They would rather give to someone or something than receive. They find extreme pleasure in helping others solve problems and ultimately thrive.”
  • Sensitive: “Empaths are highly sensitive to others’ feelings and emotions—and to their own,” Reece says. “They are known to wear their feelings on their sleeves.”

What Should an Empath Consider When Choosing a Job?

There’s no universal, one-size-fits-all career for empaths; different people who identify as empaths will be attracted to—and thrive in—different types of jobs, work environments, and opportunities. But there are a few things empaths in particular should consider when evaluating a job and/or company to make sure it’s the right fit for them, including:

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  • Will there be an opportunity to provide a meaningful service to other people? “Empaths tend to excel in industries that provide a service to others—like hospitality, medical, teaching, and social work,” Enjolie says. “The jobs in these industries require an enhanced sense of intuition, sensitivity, and connection in order to effectively serve others.”
  • How emotionally taxing is the job? On the flip side, some of these same jobs that provide meaningful services to other people can be heavy emotional burdens—which can make them feel like just too much for some empaths. Let’s use the medical field as an example. While some empaths may feel energized providing support to people struggling with medical issues, others may feel overwhelmed when faced with the pain and suffering of their patients. You know yourself best, so try to gauge whether the emotional toll would outweigh the fulfillment of helping people and be honest with yourself. This may be something you explore and assess through volunteer work or internships before committing to a particular path for the long haul.
  • Does the work environment value connection? Empaths should look for work environments that allow them “to form authentic connections with others, which is where they excel and feel most comfortable,” Enjoli says. When considering a position, empaths should look at both the culture of the company and the parameters of the role and make sure they’ll have the opportunity to connect with others on a regular basis. For example, a company where people tend to keep to themselves or a role that requires primarily independent work probably wouldn’t be the best fit for an empath, while a company culture that fosters strong relationships between employees or a role that offers plenty of opportunities to partner and collaborate on projects would likely be a better fit.
  • Are the organization’s values aligned with their own? Empaths care—not only about other people, but also about their own values. When evaluating an opportunity, empaths should take special care to make sure the company and role are in line with their personal values. “Empaths should research the company’s mission, values, and vision to make sure it excites and connects with them,” Enjoli says. You can dig into a company’s “About,” “Mission,” and other pages or peruse their Muse profile if they have one to find out what their values and vision are.

Now that you know what to look for in your career, let’s jump into a few specific roles that could be a great fit for your extra empathetic self. (We’ve also includedsalary info from the compensation resource PayScale, whose database is updated nightly—these numbers reflect the latest as of July 2021.)


Registered Nurse (RN)

Average salary: $66,262

Registered nurses provide medical care for patients. RNs work in a variety of settings (including hospitals, doctor’s offices, schools, surgical centers, or patients’ homes). Depending on what kind of care the patients need and/or what area of medicine they specialize in (for example, pediatrics or emergency care) they may be responsible for a variety of patient-related tasks, including monitoring vital signs, administering medications, reviewing treatment plans with patients and their loved ones, or assisting doctors during medical procedures or surgeries.

RNs need to be able to support (and, in many cases, provide comfort to) their patients—an area where empaths excel. RNs also need to be able to tune into their patients’ emotions to get a sense of what they’re going through and what they may need, which plays to an empath’s intuitive nature. It’s not the right fit for all empaths, however; some may find parts of the RN role (for example, giving a patient bad news or providing end-of-life care) too emotionally taxing.

Find registered nurse and other nursing jobs on The Muse


Social Worker

Average salary: $49,926

Social workers provide assistance and services that help individuals, families, and communities navigate difficult situations, including social, mental, physical, and emotional challenges. Depending on the population they work with—and that population’s needs—social workers might help people gain access to mental health treatment, food assistance, or housing services; develop aftercare plans for individuals leaving a treatment program; or provide ongoing case management for people transitioning out of the criminal justice system.

Social workers have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of their clients, which can feel extremely fulfilling for empaths—but dealing with people in crisis on a daily basis may prove to be too intense for some.

Find social worker jobs on The Muse

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Career Coach

Average salary: $47,093

Career coaches help their clients identify, land, and/or create their dream jobs. They help their clients reach their career goals in a variety of ways, including exercises to identify the right roles or industries, resume and interview coaching, professional goal setting, and accountability support. In some cases, coaches work with clients on improving productivity or leadership, getting a raise or promotion, honing communication skills, or achieving other aims outside of the job search.

Clients who come to career coaches often aren’t sure of the next best step in their careers or are struggling to deal with frustrating situations at work. Coaches have to really get to know their clients and understand what they’re feeling and what they want. To be a good coach, you need to both care about your clients and be able to put yourself in their shoes to figure out how to best coach them and help them build a career they’re passionate about—skills that come naturally to empaths.

Find career coach jobs on The Muse


Human Resources (HR) Manager

Average salary: $68,715

Human resources managers are in charge of all things people-related within a company. Depending on the organization and team setup, an HR manager may be responsible for onboarding new employees, managing benefits, spearheading employee wellness initiatives, developing people management policies and procedures, and more.

HR managers are responsible for making the workplace a safe, supportive, fair, and positive environment for their teams. Plus, they typically get a chance to connect and build relationships with employees throughout the company—making this a great job for many empaths. On the other hand, HR managers are also often responsible for the tougher parts of people management, like firing underperforming employees—which some empaths may find to be too challenging.

Find HR manager and other human resources jobs on The Muse


Marketing Manager

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Average salary: $66,597

Marketing managers oversee efforts related to promoting a product, service, event, or business. Depending on what they’re promoting, marketing managers may be responsible for a variety of tasks, including conducting market research, developing and managing marketing and advertising campaigns, writing marketing content and materials, running email and social media accounts, and analyzing and optimizing campaigns.

In order to understand how to best connect with consumers and drive sales, marketing managers need to get inside the minds of their target audience and develop a strategy that will influence their perspective and behavior. As such, an empath’s ability to understand and interpret other people’s emotions will come in handy in this career path.

Find marketing manager and other marketing jobs on The Muse



Average salary: $51,259

Being a writer can mean so many different things. You can be an author who writes books, a journalist who writes news or feature articles, a critic who writes movie or music reviews, a copywriter who writes ad copy and scripts, a content marketer who writes articles and blog posts, a publicist who writes press releases, a technical writer who writes instruction manuals, a UX writer who writes web and app copy—honestly, the sky’s the limit.

No matter what they’re working on, writers need to be able to dig deep into a topic and understand the characters or real people involved. And in order to make sure their writing connects with their readers, they also need to be able to think like their audience—both talents that empaths naturally possess. This can also be a great career path for empaths who find more people-centric roles (like nursing or teaching) too overstimulating or emotionally draining. While the act of writing can be a solo endeavor, you’ll still have a chance to interact with editors, fellow writers, other colleagues, interview subjects, and more.

Find writer jobs on The Muse



Average salary: $49,698

Teachers are responsible for educating their students—which may involve developing lesson plans, giving lectures, creating and supervising educational experiences (science experiments or field trips, for example), and providing direct support to students to help them reach their educational goals. Teachers may also lead after-school programs or extracurricular clubs associated with the subject they teach (for instance, a drama teacher might act as the director for the school play while a foreign language teacher might start a French conversation club for their students).

Teachers need to be invested in their students—and those students’ success. They musthave the ability to perceive and interpret students’ emotions in order to reach them and foster an effective learning environment, which can make teaching a great career path for people who consider themselves empaths. However, keep in mind that standing in front of a couple dozen young people—all of whom are going through the trials and tribulations of growing up—and fielding concerns from parents and school administrators on top of that might be too much for some empaths, especially for those who are introverted.

Find teacher jobs on The Muse

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User Experience (UX) Researcher

Average salary: $87,739

When a company invests time, money, and other resources into designing a product or service, it needs to be sure that what it’s offeringwill ultimately work for its customers. The product or service not only needs to appeal to the target users, but it also has to be easy and intuitive for them to use. User experience (UX) researchers are responsible for making sure that happens. UX researchers collect data by conducting user interviews or running product focus groups, among other methods, and then use that data to drive design decisions and ensure the end product or service is in line with the customers’ needs.

Obviously, UX researchers need research skills. But they also need the ability to put themselves in their customers’ shoes, be sensitive to the reactions and feelings of the folks they interview, and understand how to translate that into concrete design features or changes, all of which draw on skills that come naturally to most empaths.

Find UX researcher and other user experience jobs on The Muse

3 Jobs That Aren’t Typically Great Fits for Empaths

There are plenty of jobs and career paths that play to your strengths as an empath. But there are also roles that might feel in opposition to your personality—and if you want to be happy at work, you’ll want to avoid those types of opportunities.

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Let’s take a look at a few career paths that typically aren’t the right fit for empaths. (It’s important to note, however, that there are exceptions to every rule. While these roles typically aren’t the right fit, there may be empaths who nevertheless find these roles are exactly what they’re looking for!)

  • Executive leadership: Executives often have to make tough decisions that impact employees, sometimes putting profits and business needs above people, which could prove challenging (or even impossible) for an empath.
  • Sales. “Sales jobs...are typically high-energy and -stakes roles where if you don’t perform in meeting your sales targets, then you could be reprimanded or in some cases fired,” Reece says. When an empath works in this kind of environment, not only can they feel stress about hitting their own targets, but they may also absorb their coworkers’ stress about hitting their targets—which can sap their emotional energy and impact their job performance.
  • Politics: Politics can be intense, high stress, and, in many ways, cutthroat—not necessarily the best fit for someone who is intuitive, sensitive, and empathetic.

Updated 8/7/2021


What is a good career for an empath? ›

Jobs like artist, librarian and writer make great careers for empaths. Jobs like nurse, teacher and veterinarian may be too emotionally draining for more sensitive empath types.

What is the best job for a highly sensitive person? ›

The 9 Best Careers for a Highly Sensitive Person
  1. Counselor/therapist. ...
  2. College Professor. ...
  3. Artist/Designer. ...
  4. Health Practitioner. ...
  5. Writer/Songwriter/Editor. ...
  6. Librarian/Museum Curator. ...
  7. Freelance anything. ...
  8. Animal trainer/groomer/sitter.
8 Jun 2022

What jobs require a lack of empathy? ›

Here are 10 careers that do not require you to have empathy unlike careers like therapists, social workers or nurses where empathy is a must.
Here are the 10 careers:
  • Pilots.
  • Animal trainers.
  • Aquacultural managers.
  • Aviation inspectors.
  • Bakers.
  • Insurance appraisers.
  • Biochemical engineers.
  • Civil engineers.

What is the happiest job to have? ›

31 of the happiest jobs
  • Teaching assistant.
  • Early childhood education teacher.
  • Sound engineering technician.
  • Event planner.
  • Heavy equipment operator.
  • Contractor.
  • Recruiter.
  • Property manager.

Is being an empath a talent? ›

Empathy is not a feeling. It's a talent. We're all born with certain innate strengths -- 34 of them, according to CliftonStrengths research, and one of them is called Empathy. People with intense Empathy talents have an instinctive sense of the emotions of others.

Which profession has nicest people? ›

Finance, for example, comes in as the friendliest occupation with 81% of workers saying they have made lifelong friendships with their colleagues. Based on numbers of people who have made meaningful friendships at work, the top five friendliest industries are: Financial services (81.1%) Business to business (80.8%)

What career is least stressful? ›

Some low-stress jobs come with good to excellent annual salaries.
  1. 14 Low-Stress Jobs. In its annual report, CareerCast considered 11 stress factors when ranking the jobs. ...
  2. Data Scientist. ...
  3. Dietitian. ...
  4. Medical Records Technician. ...
  5. Massage Therapist. ...
  6. Appliance Repairer. ...
  7. Librarian. ...
  8. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.

What job has the least amount of stress? ›

More than half of Americans report that work is a significant source of stress in their lives. The least stressful jobs include diagnostic medical sonographer, compliance officer, and hairstylist.

What's the rarest type of empath? ›

Heyoka empath

Heyoka empaths are said to be the rarest and most powerful variety, acting as a spiritual mirror to those around them to assist their growth. The Heyoka's unorthodox approach to life makes others question their own preconceived notions of what's right and wrong, real and fantasy.

What is an empath disorder? ›

People with empathy deficit disorder: Tend to focus on their own needs and neglect other people's emotions, even those of close friends and family. Struggle to build and maintain emotional connections. Can be overly judgemental of others and underestimate what others are going through.

What are empaths sensitive to? ›

Empaths are highly sensitive individuals, who have a keen ability to sense what people around them are thinking and feeling. Psychologists may use the term empath to describe a person that experiences a great deal of empathy, often to the point of taking on the pain of others at their own expense.

What personality has no empathy? ›

Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of empathy and remorse, shallow affect, glibness, manipulation and callousness.

How do empaths survive? ›

6 tips to help protect your empath energy
  1. Set boundaries. Having healthy boundaries is important for all of us, but if you're an empath it can be particularly useful. ...
  2. Give journaling a go. ...
  3. Start a mindfulness practice. ...
  4. Try visualisation techniques. ...
  5. Get back to nature regularly. ...
  6. Plan for emotion overload.
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What is the most relaxing high-paying job? ›

Top Low Stress Jobs That Pay Well in 2021
  • 15 of the Best High-Paying Low-Stress Jobs. There are a variety of jobs in fields such as business and healthcare that are reported to be low-stress. ...
  • University Professor. ...
  • Audiologist. ...
  • Operations Research Analyst. ...
  • Radiation Therapist. ...
  • Statistician. ...
  • Biomedical Engineer. ...
  • Art Director.
28 Sept 2021

What job has the highest rate of depression? ›

As reported by the Insider, these professions have high rates of suicide and depression:
  • Emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
  • Construction workers.
  • Childcare workers.
  • Doctors.
  • Nurses.
  • Restaurant workers.
  • Humanitarian workers.
  • Lawyers.

What is the best job for life? ›

9 high-paying jobs for better work-life balance
  • UX or UI designer. ...
  • Real estate agent. ...
  • Statistician. ...
  • Web developer. ...
  • Financial advisor. ...
  • Corporate recruiter. ...
  • Project manager. ...
  • Social media manager. Average salary: $50,266 base pay, plus $23,500 in additional compensation [11]
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How can empaths make money? ›

“Empaths tend to excel in industries that provide a service to others—like hospitality, medical, teaching, and social work,” Enjolie says. “The jobs in these industries require an enhanced sense of intuition, sensitivity, and connection in order to effectively serve others.”

What makes an empath special? ›

An empath is someone who feels more empathy than the average person. These people are usually more accurate in recognizing emotions by looking at another person's face. They are also more likely to recognize emotions earlier than other people and rate those emotions as being more intense.

Who are some famous empaths? ›

The Empathy Top Five: Who are the greatest empathists of all time...
  • #4. George Orwell. George Orwell in 1946, pushing his adopted son Richard through the streets of Islington, North London. ...
  • #3. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Charley, killed by cholera in 1849. ...
  • #2. Mahatma Gandhi.
27 Mar 2010

Which job has highest respect in world? ›

The professions people respect most are these: Scientists, farmers and doctors – 83% of people respect these professions.

What jobs are highly social? ›

Some jobs and fields are well suited for extroverts.
Top Jobs for Extroverts
  • Public Relations. ...
  • Social Media. ...
  • Business Management. ...
  • Politics. ...
  • Sales. ...
  • Event Planning. ...
  • Customer Service Management. ...
  • Teaching and Education.

What jobs are low stress but pay well? ›

10 low-stress jobs that pay more than $100,000 per year and how to get them
  • Materials scientist. ...
  • Business intelligence analyst. ...
  • Remote sensing scientist or technologist. ...
  • Economics professor. ...
  • Chemical engineer. ...
  • Environmental economist. ...
  • Mathematician. ...
  • Brownfield redevelopment specialist and site manager.
16 Oct 2022

What is the safest job ever? ›

If you're purposefully seeking a job that promises safety, there are many rewarding options available to you.
Here are 17 safe jobs to consider as you search for your next career:
  1. Telemarketer. ...
  2. Interpreter. ...
  3. Paralegal. ...
  4. Nutritionist. ...
  5. Accountant. ...
  6. Executive assistant. ...
  7. Content manager. ...
  8. Librarian.
15 Mar 2021

What are the least lonely jobs? ›

Employees in extremely social, people-oriented roles such as those in social work, marketing, and sales were the least likely to be lonely.

What job causes the most stress? ›

Based on these factors, the ten most high-stress jobs in the world, according to research from the US News Best Jobs database, are:
  • Mental health counsellor. ...
  • Anesthesiologist. ...
  • Patrol officer. ...
  • IT manager. ...
  • Construction manager. ...
  • Physician. ...
  • Lawyer. ...
  • Financial manager.
17 Jun 2022

What jobs make the most money without a degree? ›

Here are the highest paying jobs without a college degree:
  • Patrol Officer.
  • Executive Assistant.
  • Sales Representative.
  • Flight Attendant.
  • Electrician.
  • Plumber.
  • Wind Turbine Technician.

What job is the least happy? ›

To come up with the ranking, CareerBliss examined 24,000 employee evaluations across more than 250 different job roles.
If you're looking for a job that will make you and your coworkers happy, you might want to avoid pursuing these.
  1. Analyst. ...
  2. Dispatcher. ...
  3. Program coordinator. ...
  4. Pharmacy technician. ...
  5. Teacher. ...
  6. Senior buyer. ...
  7. Clerk.

What's the most powerful empath? ›

Heyoka Empaths are known as the most powerful due to one key factor: They have a tendency to heal others. The way they see the world, the way they live, and the way they feel and reflect back emotions can have a transformational impact on people they encounter.

How does an empath show love? ›

How do empaths show their love? In empath relationships, an empath will love their partner with everything they have. In fact, they may have a hard time worrying about their own needs over their mate's. On the other hand, sometimes closeness might make them feel overwhelmed.

Is being an empath a weakness? ›

The balance of empathy takes strength, it is a skill and ability of those who are centered and strong. One of the most challenging aspects of empathy is to step out of our own private world. Empathy is the opposite of self-absorption and narcissism.

What are the 3 types of empath? ›

According to Orloff's own experiences (rather than empirical research), there are three types of empaths: physical empaths. emotional empaths. intuitive empaths.

What are the 11 traits of an empath? ›

15 Signs You Might Be an Empath
  • What is an empath.
  • Major empathy.
  • Easily overwhelmed.
  • Strong intuition.
  • Love of nature.
  • Dislike of crowds.
  • Deep caring.
  • Problem solving.

Is an empath a narcissist? ›

Empaths are the opposite of narcissists. While people with narcissistic personality disorder have no empathy, and thrive on the need for admiration, empaths are highly sensitive and in tune with other people's emotions. Empaths are "emotional sponges," who can absorb feelings from other people very easily.

Do empaths get more sensitive with age? ›

Specifically, the state of the research is that older adults have lower cognitive empathy (i.e., the ability to understand others' thoughts and feelings) than younger adults, but similar and in some cases even higher levels of emotional empathy (i.e., the ability to feel emotions that are similar to others' or feel ...

What signs are natural empaths? ›

Empath Zodiac Signs: The 3 Most Empathic Signs
  • Pisces (February 19 – March 20) Pisces are extremely empathic signs, who almost can't stop themselves from taking on the feelings of others. ...
  • Cancer (June 21 – July 22) ...
  • Scorpio (October 22 – November 21)
5 Sept 2020

Do empaths feel anger? ›

Myth #1: Empaths do not get angry.

First, the notion that empaths do not get angry is questionable. Empaths are connected to deep and intense emotions, both positive and negative. Although many empaths are typically good-natured and, thus, uncomfortable with their anger, it is an important emotion.

Does trauma cause lack of empathy? ›

Trauma survivors with PTSD show social interaction and relationship impairments. It is hypothesized that traumatic experiences lead to known PTSD symptoms, empathic ability impairment, and difficulties in sharing affective, emotional, or cognitive states.

Are you a psychopath if you lack empathy? ›

A personality structure often marked by a lack of empathy is psychopathic personality. Thus, clinical psychology is also concerned with the process of empathy and how this ability influences antisocial personality (including psychopathy) and behavior.

Is lack of empathy a symptom of ADHD? ›

Children with ADHD possess many notable characteristics. They tend to act impulsively, get bored easily, and become quickly distracted. One of the side effects of the combination of many of these symptoms can result in a lack of empathy.

How do you test someone for empathy? ›

Situational empathy is measured either by asking subjects about their experiences immediately after they were exposed to a particular situation, by studying the “facial, gestural, and vocal indices of empathy-related responding” (Zhou, Valiente, and Eisenberg 2003, 275), or by various physiological measures such as the ...

Does anxiety cause lack of empathy? ›

So, yes, feeling anxiety can reduce empathy.

What in the brain causes lack of empathy? ›

Causes of Lack of Empathy After Brain Injury

The orbitofrontal cortex is another area of the brain that helps us react to another person's feelings. Therefore, if any of these brain regions become damaged, a lack of empathy can occur.

What happens when an empath is overwhelmed? ›

When an empath has taken on too heavy a dose of lower vibration emotions, he or she will begin to mirror and embody these emotions, often resulting in bouts of depression or anxiety.

How empaths deal with stress? ›

Meditation. Yes, meditation is helpful for empaths and can help you decompress when feeling bombarded by the feelings of others. Meditation also increases insight and awareness around your own thoughts and feelings. As well as providing clarity.

Can an empath be successful? ›

Success cannot be attained without the support and help of others. Empaths do not only focus on their own personal success, they also focus on the success of others. They want other people to be involved and get rewards. When they do this there is a rebounding effect that also triggers their success.

What are empaths known for? ›

An empath is a person highly attuned to the feelings and emotions of those around them. Empaths feel what another person is feeling at a deep emotional level. Their ability to discern what others are feeling goes beyond empathy, which is defined simply as the ability to understand the feelings of others.

How do empaths survive their lives? ›

6 tips to help protect your empath energy
  1. Set boundaries. Having healthy boundaries is important for all of us, but if you're an empath it can be particularly useful. ...
  2. Give journaling a go. ...
  3. Start a mindfulness practice. ...
  4. Try visualisation techniques. ...
  5. Get back to nature regularly. ...
  6. Plan for emotion overload.
10 May 2019

What are empaths skills? ›

Empathic skills are abilities that relate to the identification and use of emotions in the workplace. You can remain informed of your own thoughts and feelings, and you can identify how your colleagues may feel as well. Empathy is often present during conversations in the professional environment.

How do I become more powerful as an empath? ›

Practice Empathy
  1. Talk to New People. Trying to imagine how someone else feels is often not enough, researchers have found. ...
  2. Try Out Someone Else's Life. ...
  3. Join Forces for a Shared Cause.

Why do empaths need alone time? ›

Plenty of alone time (to center and recharge)

Peace is difficult to find when surrounded by other people, sounds, and various stimuli. So, empaths need regular alone time and mini-breaks throughout the day to refocus and recharge. It's not just about being alone — it's about self-preservation and self-care.

Can being an empath cause anxiety? ›

When overwhelmed with stressful emotions, empaths can experience anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and fatigue and may even show physical symptoms such as an increased heart rate and headache. This is because they internalize the feelings and pain of others without the ability to distinguish it from their own.

What are the 3 skills of empathy? ›

There are three stages of empathy: Cognitive empathy is being aware of the emotional state of another person. Emotional empathy is engaging with and sharing those emotions. Compassionate empathy involves taking action to support other people.


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