Basic empathy is simply the ability to imagine yourself in another person’s place and understand their feelings, desires, ideas, and actions. But being an empath is a little deeper. Here are the top 10 empath traits (watch the video for expansion on each point!):

1. Empaths are highly sensitive.

2. Empaths absorb the emotions of the people around them.

3. Empaths can seem introverted at times.

4. Empaths seem to “know” things.

5. Empaths need time to be alone each day.

6. Empaths don’t always want to be joined at the hip in a relationship.

7. Energy vampires LOVE empaths.

8. Nature can make an empath feel better.

9. Empaths are sometimes seen as oversensitive to noise, smells or too much talking.

10. Empaths sometimes give too much and end up depleting themselves.

Still not sure you’re an empath? Take this quiz!

Are you an empath?

An empath is someone who is highly sensitive to the emotions and energy of the people around them. They tend to be very intuitive and may also be spiritually inclined. Do you suspect you might be an empath? Has someone told you that you are an empath, but you’re not sure? Take this quiz to find out today. 

Do random people sometimes ask you for advice, even if they don’t know you well?

All the time!

Almost never.

Do animals seem to be especially calm around you, or to be excited (in a good way) by your presence?

Yes, almost all the time!

No. They either dislike me or they don’t seem to notice me.

Do people often tell you their whole life stories within hours of meeting you?

OMG, yes! Sometimes within MINUTES of meeting me!

No, and if they tried, I’d shut them down but quick!

Do you sometimes just KNOW stuff, even without being told?

Yes, at least some of the time. I don’t know why, but I do!

No, never. I am just going with the flow here.

Do crowds make you nervous?

Yes, at least some of the time.

No, I love a good crowd.

Do you sometimes feel the emotions of the people around you and sort of find yourself “taking them on?”

Yes, at least sometimes. I can’t help it!

No way. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Does it bother you to watch violence or painful situations happen, on television or in real life?

Yes, I feel awful and stressed when I see and hear this kind of stuff.

Nah, it doesn’t really bother me.

Do you generally root for the person who is expected to win, or do you prefer to root for the underdog?

I am always going to support the obvious winner.

I will always support the underdog.

Do you feel burned out or exhausted after spending time with groups of people?

YES, and I need to have some time alone to recover.

Nope, I get all my energy from other people!

Have you ever used drugs or alcohol to numb yourself after a particularly painful situation in your life?

Yes, and I’m ashamed to admit it.

No, I don’t really feel any pain based on other people’s actions.

Yes, but I have stopped that because I realized I have an addiction or might develop one.

Well, I drink or use drugs all the time, but just for fun.

Do you feel the need to take care of the people in your life, emotionally, physically or otherwise?

Yes, at least those closest to me.


No, but I need them to take care of me.

Are you ever fascinated by the supernatural or spiritual things, situations and philosophies in our world?

Yes, at least sometimes!

No, never or rarely.

Do you consider yourself a creative person?

Yes, at least sometimes.

No, never.

Do you sometimes enjoy being alone?

Yes, absolutely! In fact, I sometimes NEED to be alone.

NEVER – I cannot stand to be alone!

Do you find yourself always seeking answers?

Yes, I am so curious by nature.

No, I already know all the answers.

Do you feel like there’s more to this life than we can physically sense?

YES, absolutely!

Nope. What you see is what you get.

Does conflict and arguing make you feel physically sick?

Yes, at least sometimes.

Nope, never. In fact, I sometimes enjoy it.

Do you love to spend time in nature?

Yes, I can’t get enough of it.

I prefer air-conditioned rooms and artificial lighting.

Do you prefer small, one-on-one discussions and intimate gatherings, or big, raging parties?

Definitely prefer smaller gatherings and one-on-ones.

The more the merrier! Let’s party like there’s no tomorrow. By Angela Atkinson