What Is the Difference Between Having Empathy and Being an Empath?
"Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain," says Dr. Judith Orloff. "But for empaths, it goes much further. We actually feel others' emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have." The Empath's Survival Guide is an invaluable resource for empaths who want to develop coping skills in a high-stimulus world while embracing their gifts of intuition, compassion, creativity, and spiritual connection.
In this unabridged recording of The Empath's Survival Guide read by Pam Tierney, Dr. Orloff shares practical, empowering, and loving advice for supporting empaths through their unique challenges—and for loved ones to better understand an empath's needs and gifts. Here listeners will discover crucial practices, including:
Exercises to identify where you are on the empathy spectrum
Tools for protecting yourself from sensory overload, exhaustion, addictions, and compassion fatigue
Effective strategies to stop absorbing stress and physical symptoms from others and protect yourself from narcissists and other energy vampires
How to find the right work that feeds you
How to navigate intimate relationships without feeling overwhelmed
Guidance for parenting empathic children
Awakening the empath’s gift of intuition and deepening your spiritual connection to all living beings
For any sensitive person who’s been told to "grow a thick skin," here is a guide for staying open while building resilience, exploring your singular gifts, and feeling welcomed by a world that desperately needs what you have to offer.
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Emphasis on a higher power
I’m not against AA or NA I was disappointed that the author assumed that empathetic people are very prone to being addicts. Addiction is a disease and should be treated as a medical condition and not only through AAA
I loved this book! There were so many “ah ha!” moments that will forever change the way that I live my life.
I had a feeling that I was an empath before listening to this audiobook but after the self assessment tests, it confirmed my feeling that I’m a moderate to full blown empath. I always loved interpreting my dreams and at several stressful times in my life my dreams have guided me and know I know to trust those dreams and my intuition.
The other reason I was drawn to this book is the information amount empaths being drawn to narcissists. After being in a friendship that shook my world and left me feeling crazy, the book explains why it was a toxic relationship and helping me resist going back to the friend and going through the immense stress and heartache.
I just love this book and will be reading more from Judith Orloff 👌🏻💕
Worthwhile, but repetitive
I got something out of this, but not as much as I had hoped for. There's support, encouragement for being true to your empath self, and some useful tools.
I wish there had been more, but at the end of the day, it really comes down to allowing yourself to be who you are, setting limits with other people, and practicing radical self car.
In a society that lauds extroverts, it's hard being a highly sensitive person and an empath. As one herself, Dr. Orloff has the required credibility to write of the struggles and successes.
I liked the quiz, though I imagine it's available for free online.
Dr. Orloff is down to earth, straightforward, understanding, and honest, all of which I deeply respect and value.