Empath Support & Community

Dear Fellow Empaths:

I welcome you to the empath support page. My goal is to empower empaths to fully embrace their sensitivities and manage the challenges of being a highly sensitive person. As a physician and an empath myself, I know how important it is for empaths to gather in community. I've created this page to support empaths and to educate their loved ones who may need guidance coping with our sensitivities!

Please check out my book The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People to learn all about empaths and their experiences—topics include health, weight, relationships, love, work parenting sensitive children, combating narcissists and other energy vampires, protection techniques & celebrating your gift of sensitivity. The companion audio to the book is Essential Tools for Empaths on CD and audible. Here is a SAMPLE of the CD to listen to.

I also invite you to participate in the Facebook Empath Support Group by submitting questions, comments, and feelings about the journey of being an empath. I hope you enjoy this page and that it inspires you to embrace the true gift of being an empath.
With love,
Judith


Ask Dr. Orloff About Empathy

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How can I use intuition to find the right roommate?

Do empaths have a harder time dealing with technology and EM radiation?

Is sleeping well more difficult for empaths?

Can two empaths be in a successful relationship together?

How can an empath travel more comfortably without getting overwhelmed?

Are empaths meant to serve in the healing arts or are they too sensitive?

How do I live with an empath?

As an empath how do I know if an emotion is mine or someone else's?

How can a non-empath live with an empathic spouse?

How can an Empath and an Intellectual have a good relationship?

Are you an empath who wants children but are scared?

Are there special challenges to being a male empath?

How can an "Empath" and a "Rock" be in a good relationship?

Do emotional empaths get more sensitive as they age?

What are tips for empaths to cope during holiday festivities?

How do I help empathic children shield themselves and calm down?

Are highly sensitive people more prone to illness?

Can childhood neglect affect your sensitivity levels as an adult?

Do emotional empaths have a stronger connection to the animal kingdom?

Do highly sensitive people get energized in the country and out in nature?

Is there a difference between intuition and being an empath?

Do empaths have stronger physical reflexes and a startle response?

Parenting tips for highly sensitive empathic children

 

Judith's Empath Blogs & Quizzes

Read More Blogs Here »

Take More Quizzes Here »

4 Reasons Why People Become Empaths: From Trauma to Genetics »
In my experience I’ve seen four main factors that can contribute to heightening one's sensitivities.

The Difference Between Empaths and Highly Sensitive People »
Empaths share the same traits as HSPs but they take the experience much further. Learn more about the similarities and differences between the two.

10 Secrets of Loving an Empath »
For empaths to flourish in a relationship they need to discuss these 10 strategies to loving an empath with their partner.

Raising Empathic Children »
Empathic children have highly sensitive nervous systems and react differently from other children. Discover your child's sensitivity level.

9 Strategies to Cure Emotional Hangovers »
It’s common for empaths to experience “emotional hangovers,” an energetic residue left over from the interaction with an energy vampire. Learn nine strategies to cure an emotional hangover.

The Power of Earth Empaths »
Empaths have an intimate communion with nature. Discover how Earth empaths are affected and empowered by nature and the environment.

The Best & Worst Jobs for an Empath »
Some jobs are more satisfying and less stressful for empaths. Discover the best and worst jobs for you.

The New Science of Empathy & Empaths »
Discover the science behind the phenomenon of how empathy works..

Top 10 Traits of an Empath »
Discover if you relate to the top 10 traits of an empath.

How to Know if You're an Empath »
Take this quiz to tell if you are a highly sensitive person.

4 Ways to Break Up with a Narcissist »
Learn four strategies to get your power back from a narcissist.

6 Survival Tips for Empaths »
Learn strategies to stay centered without absorbing negative energies.

Are You a Relationship Empath? »
Find out if you're a relationship empath.

Why Empaths Are Attracted to Unavailable People »
Learn the 12 signs if you're involved with an emotionally unavailable person.

How Empaths Can Deal with Obsessive Relationships »
Take this quiz to learn if you're overly attached to your partner.

Empathic Illness: Do You Absorb Other People's Symptoms? »
Learn nine strategies to stop absorbing other people's illness and pain.

Relationship Tips for Highly Sensitive People »
If you're an empath practice these 5 tips for a successful relationship.

The Healing Power of Tears »
Learn how to stay healthy & stress free through the benefits of tears.

Celebrating the Highly Sensitive Man »
Discover if you are an empathic man and steps to find a balance.

Why Empaths are at Risk for Adrenal Fatigue »
Learn 12 strategies to relieve adrenal fatigue.

How to Protect Your Energy »
Four common beliefs that can drain an empath.

Tips to Center Yourself »
Practice these 4 tips everyday to help center yourself.

Does Your Relationship Need a Sleep Divorce? »
Read this article on how sleeping apart can improve your health and relationship.

Six Tips to Deal with Anger Addicts »
Anger can tyrannize relationships. Learn how to handle anger addicts.

Tips to Cope with Personal Space Invaders »
When your personal space is invaded, follow these tips to protect yourself from intruders.

How to Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires »
Learn how to protect yourself from six types of energy vampires.

4 Strategies to Survive Emotional Vampires »
Learn four general strategies to deal with emotional vampires.

Do You Get Drained by Other People's Energy? »
Dr. Orloff discusses the dynamics of intuitive empathy.

The Difference Between Empaths and Highly Sensitive People

 
Judith Orloff - Friday, June 02, 2017
 

Adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff's "The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People,” a guidebook for empaths and all caring people who want to keep their hearts open in an often-insensitive world.


As a psychiatrist and an empath, I often get asked, “What is the difference between empaths and highly sensitive people?” In The Empath’s Survival Guide I devote a section on this important distinction.

Here are the similarities and differences. Empaths share all the traits of what Dr. Elaine Aron has called “Highly Sensitive People,” or HSPs. These include a low threshold for stimulation, the need for alone time, sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, plus an aversion to large groups. It also takes highly sensitive people longer to wind down after a busy day since their system’s ability to transition from high stimulation to being quiet is slower. Highly sensitive people are typically introverts whereas empaths can be introverts or extroverts, (though most are introverts). Empaths share a highly sensitive person’s love of nature, quiet environments, desire to help others, and a rich inner life.

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Empowered Empath Community

Welcome! Click on the link below to become a member of the Empath Support Group I created on Facebook. I welcome your questions, comments, discussions, feelings and strategies to cope on your journey of being an empath.

Facebook Group Members click HERE to learn how to form your own Empath Support Group and find kindred souls near you.

Mission Statement for Empath Support Groups

Empath support groups are meant to provide a circle of support for empaths everywhere so we don’t feel alone anymore. They are solution-oriented meetings which educate empaths about the gifts and challenges of their sensitivities. Though it is important for empaths to express their feelings, the group functions best when it remains solution-oriented rather than simply a place vent. Suggested time is 60-90 minutes. Have fun and grow strong!


Dr. Orloff's Media Interviews and Videos on Empathy

The Unhealthy Attraction Between Empaths & Narcissists


Videos

KTLA Interviews Dr Judith Orloff on Empaths

The Unhealthy Attraction Between Empaths & Narcissists Video

PBS Book Show on Empaths with Dr. Judith Orloff

Are You an Empath? Interview with Dr Judith Orloff on KABC-TV

Essential Tools for Empaths: Audio program by Dr. Judith Orloff

KATV - AM Northwest: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

The Empath’s Survival Guide: Dr. Orloff on Empathy & Empaths

How to Sleep with an Empath: Loving an Empath Part 1

Why Empaths Need Alone Time: Loving an Empath Part 2

Highly Sensitive People: Dr. Orloff NPR Interview with Larry Mantle on Emotional Freedom

The EMPATH QUIZ! Are You An Emotional Sponge?

Healing Emotional Pain

What is Your Emotional Type: From Dr. Orloff's PBS show "Emotional Freedom Now!

Press Interviews

Women's Health
Strong Feelings: What's a Food Empath? »

Forbes
The Science Behind Intuition »

Reader's Digest
10 Signs You Have Incredible Empathy »

U.S. News & World Report
Are You Catching Other People's Emotions? »

Psychology Today
Help Arrives for Mirror-Touch Synesthetes: Pioneering therapist Dr. Judith Orloff counsels the highly empathic »
A Guide for the Highly Sensitive Person »

Irish Independent
Wellbeing: Running on Empathy »

Maria Shriver's Women's Conference
Empathy in the Workplace »

MSNBC.com
Empathy Can Go A Long Way in the Office »

Yoga Journal
Empathy Overload! »

 

Empath Support Products

Empath Download & Audio Products

Books by Dr Orloff on Empathy

Register for Dr. Orloff’s "SURRENDER TO YOUR INTUITION ONLINE COURSE" with HAY HOUSE. It teaches empaths strategies to tune into intuition as a life-transforming skill and how to manage the challenging aspects of being an empath.


 

Dr. Orloff's The Empath's Survival Guide Book Tour

Sunday, July 9, 2017 – 9 & 11 AM Talk / 1:30 PM Workshop
The Power of Intuition and Empathy to Heal – Los Angeles (Orange County Area), CA
Unity of Tustin
For details call (714) 730-3444 or go to www.unitytustin.org

Friday to Sunday, July 28-30, 2017 Weekend Intensive
Igniting the Power of Your Intuition and Empathy - Big Sur, CA
Esalen Institute
To register go to www.esalen.org or call 888-837-2536. International toll free line: 1-703-342-0500
This workshop offers credits for LCSWS and MFTs, and Nurses

Fri. - Sun., August 4 - 6, 2017 – Key Note Talk
Keys to Conscious Aging - Intuition, Energy, Empathy & Spirituality – Santa Fe, NM
Qigong & Conscious Aging Conference
The Chi Center
40 Camino Vista Clara, Galisteo, NM
For details call 707-347-6489 / website for conference coming soon

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 10 to 4 PM Workshop
The Power of Intuition and Empathy to Heal – New York, NY
New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street, New York, NY
For details call (212) 219-2527 or go to www.opencenter.org

Friday, November 10, 2017 – 7 - 9PM Evening Talk with Dr. Orloff & Dr. Ronald Alexander
Deepen Your Mindfulness Practice with Intuition, Empathy & Creativity – Los Angeles, CA
InsightLA
1430 Olympic Blvd. - Santa Monica, CA
For details call (310) 450-1821 or go to www.insightla.org

Full 2017 Schedule »


Science of Empathy

Journal of Experimental Psychology
UB researcher says how we arrive at empathy is an important as being empathic »

Science Daily
Study finds popular painkiller reduces empathy »

The American Psychological Association
The Mind's Mirror: How mirror neurons explain empathy »

Israel Journal of Psychiatry & Related Sciences
Social Anxiety Associated with Increased Empathic Abilities »

Psychology Today
The Neuroscience of Empathy »

Science Daily
Narcissism Causes Lack of Empathy »

 

Friends of the Empathic Community

Alanis Morissette's "In Praise of the Vulnerable Man"

Other Empathic Resources

Dr. Elaine Aron - The Highly Sensitive Person

Dr. Ted Zeff: Healing for Highly Sensitive People
www.DrTedZeff.com

Jim Hallowes - www.highlysensitivepeople.com

National Geographic documentary “Naked Science” on Telepathy. Can we pick up other people’s thoughts?