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Empaths and Healthy Relationships: Love, Boundaries, and Power
Who is an Empath?
Empaths feel and absorb other people’s emotions and physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. They filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings. Given these traits, you can see, the challenges of creating healthy relationships if you are an empath.
Empaths Experience So Much More Than the Average Person
Empaths receive a lot of information in their interactions. Along with the basic information exchanged by two people, empaths can also feel the person’s insecurities, doubt, worry, anxiety, and depression, as well as any physical pain. Empaths don’t have simple conversations; each interaction is an experience that can exhaust or exhilarate them.
Researchers attribute this to the higher number of mirror neurons in the empath’s brain. Mirror neurons are responsible for feeling empathy for “mirroring” what another is feeling. On the other end of the spectrum, narcissists have fewer mirror neurons. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Overwhelm and Exhaustion
Your emotional circuits can become overwhelmed, exhausted, and confused by so much information streaming in faster than you can process it. There are very few filters between you and the rest of the world, leaving you feeling vulnerable and exposed. At times you wonder whose thoughts are these, where did they come from? Where are the boundaries between me and others? You see, empaths are very intuitive and even psychic. Their consciousness is quite different from the average person.
Need for Downtime and Sleep
You may feel anxious about how much downtime you need or neglect your needs in favor of your partners. It’s hard to find the right balance between resting your nervous system and the desire for intimacy and connection.
Empaths can have trouble sleeping in the same bed as their loved one. The energy of the other person lying beside you floods you even when sleeping. No one can go for long without sleep. My husband and I have found a way to be together at night. He stays with me until I fall asleep and then moves to another room, so we both get a good night’s sleep.
Strange Illnesses and Weird Pain
Empaths can be sensitive to loud noises and bright lights, have chronic allergies, and come down with strange illnesses that are due to mirroring another’s pain or disease. When my husband had a pretty dramatic closed head injury, my headaches were worse than his! Doctors could not find anything wrong with me. When this happens repeatedly, you wonder if you are crazy because you don’t understand the mirroring effect. Your self-confidence takes a big hit. Fear of having no boundaries sets in and affects your relationships.
You Are Not “Too Sensitive”
Don’t let others dismiss you as too sensitive! Your senses are more evolved and refined. You are sensitive to the subtle world of energy and vibration. People are uncomfortable with you because you know their true feelings and can tell when they are lying and defensive.
Creating healthy, loving, and honest relationships happen when empaths and their partners understand and accept the distinctive qualities empaths bring to a relationship. In addition to their sensitivity to the unspoken and unseen, empaths tend to be very loving and loyal partners who desire deep connection.
Empaths Need Mentoring and Acceptance
Empaths need a recipe for relationship success. You need to cultivate your intuitive abilities, create healthy boundaries, and claim your space and place in a world that knows little about you. For an introduction to the empath’s world, register for my mini-course starting May 6: Empaths and Relationships: Love, Boundaries, and Power. Check it out here. Download a free copy of my eBook: The 13 Limiting Myths of Empaths .