Do your emotions feel like a crazy rollercoaster?
- Are you sometimes concerned that perhaps you’re just a bit crazy because you are so much more sensitive to energy than your friends or co-workers?
- Do you have unexplained mood swings, strange health issues, feelings of overwhelm and exhaustion that don’t seem to have an explanation?
- Do you often feel another person's feelings, thoughts, emotions or even physical pain?
We may have some good news for you. You may not be crazy after all. You are most likely either an Empath or a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and we have some tools to share with you.
Being an Emotional Empath or HSP is a Rare Gift even an Ally for you
It may not seem like it now, but you may possess a rare gift that can actually be a great ally to you. You can learn more about it and gain some tools and techniques to balance things out so you're not riding such a huge, confusing rollercoaster of emotions. Once you gain some mastery and understanding, I am confident you will begin to be thankful that you have such a huge, wide-open, caring heart.
What's the difference between the two terms?
Empaths – You experience what it’s like to be the other person and sometimes can’t tell the difference between your feelings and someone else’s.
Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) – You can sense these things, but know it’s not You.
You will often see these terms used interchangeably. Both can perceive another person’s feelings, emotions and/or pain, the difference is in the ability to know if it’s yours or someone else’s. There are challenges and gifts either way. In the rest of this article, I’m going to talk about the challenges inherent in being so sensitive to the world around you without constantly making a distinction between the two terms. All empaths are HSPs, but the reverse is not always true.
You may be here because you took the quiz and have your results. I trust you've found some of the information helpful or even enlightening.
If you haven't already done so, please take our HSP/Empath quiz for more information on your sensitivity types which will be followed up with tips to help ease your life. You’ll also get an assessment of your overall exposure/risk to EMF (electromagnetic radiation), WiFi, 5G, Smart Meters, and other technological frequencies. We follow this up with a recommendation for a BioElectric Shield, personal energy protection and balancing pendant. I personally highly recommend wearing a Shield, but even if that's not possible right now we hope you'll get some value and relief from all that we have to share with you.
Why is Emotional Sensitivity a Gift?
If you're like most of us, you very likely haven't always seen this as a gift. You've likely seen it as a curse. A common story is growing up being told various things like: "You're too sensitive". "Wow, what a bleeding heart!" "Don't take it all so personally." You may have even been called "neurotic". You may have ended up feeling a little bit crazy and feel that the world just isn't a very safe place. Many of us spend many difficult years before we begin to understand what’s going on. At whatever point you are in your life, I'm happy that you're here.
Being an Empath in a world filled with fear, pain, and chaos can be very difficult. You probably feel like you're on a roller coaster at times as you pick up on the energies of the people around you, frequently experiencing a myriad of emotions within a short time. I've been there and can absolutely relate.
Why fixing yourself doesn't work
Let me tell you upfront - It's not your fault and there's not a thing wrong with you. You don't need fixing, you just need a little fine-tuning.
You have probably spent a fair amount of time trying to "fix" yourself. You experience other people's emotions or pains as if they were your own. Since you are unaware of this phenomenon, you then try to figure out what you need to do to heal that emotion or pain.
Sometimes in the process, you go to great lengths to try to understand your anger, sadness, etc in relationship to something going on in your own life. When in fact, it's not yours, and there's nothing to fix or understand. The simple act of acknowledging what's going on can often make it easy to just "let go of". It's very difficult to fix something that isn't actually broken. Most of the things you tried are like putting a bandaid on your finger when it's really your heart that's hurting.
The BioShield can also help so that you can differentiate yours from "theirs" and not get the full impact of all the emotional chaos going on around you. This sensitivity can be a gift instead of a curse; if you learn some ways to tone down your sensitivity and learn to use it consciously and constructively.
The Empowerment of Differentiating Yours vs Other's
How do you know if the emotions or pain you are feeling are yours or coming from somewhere else's?
I've found that simply taking a few quiet moments to ask myself, "Does what I'm feeling/experiencing right now make sense in my life? Does it have any correlation with what's going on now or even in my past?"
If the answer is, no, then most likely you are picking up on outside energies, thoughts, feelings, emotions, or even fears that can be wide-ranging, but they feel like yours.
Acknowledge that this isn't yours, take some deep breaths and feel it leaving your body. If you work with angels, guides, a higher power, you can even ask for help in clearing the energy. Often, just identifying the issue greatly reduces the impact.
If it is yours, then you can start to deal with it from a place of empowerment.
Your gifts – some even call them unfair advantages
• You can help people – Feeling other people’s feelings as if they’re your own means you can really help people because you understand them, but it also means relationships and even public places can be pretty overwhelming.
• You’re Intensely Alive –You also probably experience your own feelings very intensely, because you’re more intensely alive than ordinary people.
• Truth Intuition – You have a built-in Lie Detector. It’s almost impossible for people to lie to you.
• Clarity – Your thoughts become your own; making it a lot easier to make your own decisions.
• You know who your allies are – You know when someone has your back.
• Freedom from Hype - You see behind the hype and the lies in the media. You may not always know what’s wrong, but you know when not to believe something as true.
Read more about these advantages/gifts
The Emotional Component
There is a strong emotional component that many Empaths must cope with when picking up on how others feel. A section of the Quiz is called "Emotional Sensitivity."
While there are many different types of Empathic gifts, this is the one that is most often described as being a curse. Our goal is to help you understand and protect yourself, so you can experience the benefits.
3 Questions to Ask Yourself
1. Are you extremely perceptive about people in some way?
- Do you feel how they feel physically?
- Do you feel their emotions as if they are yours?
- Do you find that you can think as they think?
2. After interacting with someone do you experience a change in how you were feeling?
- Do you experience anxiety, fear, emotional pain, or physical discomfort that wasn’t there before your interaction?
3. Do you worry about being too sensitive or even sometimes think you are crazy, co-dependent or neurotic?
If at least one of these statements is true, there is a good chance that you’re an Empath or an HSP.
One of the most empowering things you can do for yourself is to learn more about your gifts and their benefits and potential drawbacks. Wearing a BioElectric Shield can be a great help in reducing the overwhelm, and it actually can help you use your gifts more clearly. Here are some articles to check out Tools to Stop Energy Drains for HSPs and Empaths
The best tool is the Personal Energy Protection and Balance you get with a BioElectric ShieldWearing a BioElectric Shield can be a great help, even life-changing, reducing the overwhelm. You can use your gifts more clearly.
- Upgrade: If you have a Level 1 or 2 Shield, you might consider upgrading to a Higher Level for more balance and protection.
Do you have mysterious symptoms? If so, you’re not alone. Click here to read the surprising results garnered from over 3 years of quiz takers.
Why are we writing about this and why did we take the time to create a quiz just for you?
Understanding what was going on and learning some techniques helped me feel less crazy, but didn’t do much to actually change the situation. Techniques can work, but they require a lot of focus and diligence. In truth, constant vigilance put me more into a fear state, and less into a place of love and acceptance. Thus I preferred to suffer than to be hypervigilant, constantly on guard, against other people.
The BioElectric Shield change my life in 1994, and since then it's been my passion to help others like me find strength and peace. Click here for my story
Choosing a Shield can be confusing and we realized we needed a tool to help you asses your needs and get a clear personalized recommendation
EMF Quiz - With researcher, quiz developer and fellow sensitive, Ellen Koronet from Lnk Creative, we initially developed a quiz to determine your level of EMF exposure and risk and recommend the best level of personal energy protection. That quiz also included some questions about being an HSP.
HSP Quiz – After talking with many people about their results on the EMF quiz, we began to realize we were just scratching the surface. Saying “Yep, you’re sensitive” wasn’t very helpful.
We decided to go further to help you understand the forces that are impacting your life, ability to cope, maneuver your life with ease, and even to be balanced and healthy. Since 2016 nearly 10,000 people have taken this version of the quiz. Many have given us feedback, some even calling in tears because they finally feel “seen” and understood. For some, it was a complete revelation and gave them "permission" to finally be themselves.
"I know that a good many of my friends here on FB are Highly Sensitive People. AnnaMariah Nau and Ellen Koronet have put together a well-crafted, comprehensive, and helpful quiz to help people discover if they are highly sensitive and in what areas. For me, it was a confirmation of what I've known, although one was much stronger than I had thought. (It's one of those "but isn't everyone?" things). They also offer solid, concrete suggestions about what you can do to help you work with (and not be overwhelmed by) the various sensitivities. I've known both of these women for quite a few years and I respect them, personally and professionally. Please note: this is NOT one of those dratted FB data mining things."
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The 5 Subtypes
When you take the HSP Quiz, you will learn your level of sensitivity overall as well as for the following six subtypes we have identified. Click to learn more about each subtype: