Only empaths can understand certain things in life.
Empaths, or highly sensitive people, comprise about 15-20% of the population according to Dr. Elaine Aron, who first coined the phrase in 1996. Empaths simply see and feel the world much more deeply but have been misunderstood and mistaken in the past for being socially anxious, extremely shy, introverted, and even fearful. However, empaths just process the world around them differently than other people; they get overwhelmed easily by stimuli and need ample time alone to readjust and regain internal balance.
If you identify as an empath, you have probably heard people tell you to “stop being so sensitive” or “just grow up already.” However, you shouldn’t have to hide your empathic nature or apologize for your demeanor simply because others don’t understand it. Empaths sometimes feel as though they live in a totally different dimension from others, so they usually feel accepted and comfortable only amongst each other.
Here are 8 things only empaths can understand:
1. They need ample alone time.
Empaths get drained from too much external stimulation, so they need time to recalibrate themselves and restore their energy levels. In most instances, they would rather spend time in solitude than with others, simply because doing too much with other people drains them immensely. This doesn’t mean they don’t like people; rather, empaths just obtain their energy from quiet time alone.
2. Empaths feel all emotions deeply.
Sadness, happiness, fear, distress…all of these are felt intensely by empaths. Sometimes, they feel as though they can’t control their emotions, and even feel cursed by their ability to feel things so deeply. However, they also understand that they possess a rare gift, and cherish it even during times when they feel overwhelmed by their emotions. Many people in their lives have probably told them to grow thicker skin and toughen up, but this doesn’t phase them.
3. They don’t like confrontation.
Empaths would much rather talk things out rationally or avoid the situation than hash things out in a heated confrontation. They don’t like upsetting people, and since they feel emotions on such a deep level, their pain is amplified thousand times over. Their nervous system gets overwhelmed easily, so they would much rather sort things out calmly.
4. They feel totally misunderstood by most people.
Empaths comprise a considerable part of the population, but most empaths feel that other people simply can’t relate to them. They don’t typically enjoy small talk and “normal” conversation but would rather jump right in to deep, thought-provoking topics. Empaths also don’t always show their emotions to people, which leads people to misunderstand and mislabel them as “aloof,” “shy,” or “indifferent,” but this couldn’t be further from the truth. They just have a different operating system installed in their brains, which makes them behave in their own unique way.
5. Empaths feel drawn to creative and artistic endeavors.
Because most empaths feel that people cannot understand them, they immerse themselves in the arts. They feel balanced and comforted as long as they understand themselves and can find happiness doing something on this planet. Arts speak to them in a way that people cannot, so they use their creativity as an outlet for their deep emotions.