Here are some ways in which feeling others' emotions (as an empath) differs from feeling your own: 1. They are out of context. Usually when feeling your own sadness, you know what you are sad about, or can get to the Heart of Darkness (Conrad reference) on a reasonably short path of honest self-reflection (the… Continue reading Are you (literally) feeling others’ feelings?
Empaths feel other people's feelings physically, viscerally in their own bodies. They are not simply people who are highly empathic or exceptionally sensitive (the latter may enjoy resources for HSPs). They are not people who find it easy to imagine what other people feel. On the contrary, they often feel other people's feelings without understanding… Continue reading Am I an empath?
In a previous post, I have described the Catch-22 (crazy-making) situation of having empath experiences while not realising others don't. To keep up the reference to dystopic novels, over time this landed me in a serious 1984 episode of doublespeak. Because in believing that all people have intense empath and intuitive experiences which for some enigmatic… Continue reading 1984: why do they all doublespeak?
This is another episode from my empath story, this time in the form of a brief anatomy of madness. Because by my late teens, I thought I was going crazy. However, I never quite understood the logical structure of why. Now I think I do. I put it out there because I believe that phrasing… Continue reading Catch-22: seeing the elephant in the room, and not realising others don’t
Let’s say you are Hemingway. You are sitting at your typewriter at sunrise, planning to write a novella about the old man and the sea. Inspiration hits; your fingers dance. As the Spanish sun rises inspiration ebbs; you start yawning (perhaps starting your working day at 4AM was that tad too radical), so you leave… Continue reading Empath tale of the yellow hybrid typewriter