How I confused being on the autism spectrum with being highly sensitive.

The personal story part I'll start with a story, then come to theory and philosophising. A hippie summer in Brighton In autumn 2011 I was spending time in a quaint, colourfully hand-decorated fairytale house with a picturesque mountain slope garden in Brighton, UK. An enigmatic hippie-nurse with three grown up kids featuring the most individualistic, … Continue reading How I confused being on the autism spectrum with being highly sensitive.

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The empath senses your itchy sweater

A short true story about feeling another person's emotions and sensations over distance, with some thoughts on empathy and New Age concepts through a neuroscience and neurodiversity lens (featuring synaesthesia and autism).

Asperger’s revisited. Autistic, gifted, sensitive, psychic?

  A few days ago I bumped into an excellent blog by an a woman with (officially diagnosed) Asperger's (this one). In addition to that, after debriefing me about my family life, my therapist/coach asked whether my father is autistic (based on a brief description I gave of our relationship). And for the cherry on … Continue reading Asperger’s revisited. Autistic, gifted, sensitive, psychic?

What the heck is this “energy” that empaths are sensitive to?

Since having been persuaded that I'm "energy-sensitive" (an empath), I've been struggling with this question. . Physics As someone with a relatively extensive science background, to me energy is mostly E = mc2   ... or kinetic energy, or thermal energy, or electric energy, perhaps. Certainly, well – it does not make sense to me that energy … Continue reading What the heck is this “energy” that empaths are sensitive to?

The queer empath and multiple outsiderhood

Another snippet from a facebook discussion, this time initiated by one lamenting his situation of being not just an empath, but also gay. Knowing all this and more, I had to add my two cents, which I'm recycling here for the sake of preserving this personal document for posterity and those who can relate, or … Continue reading The queer empath and multiple outsiderhood

What boundaries mean for empaths and why they aren’t evil.

A while ago, I forced myself to participate in facebook discussions for a number of dubious reasons. One was on boundaries and how empaths and empathic people don't like to "put up walls" around themselves. Since there seems to be a lot of confusion around the topic, and I'm only coming to terms with it … Continue reading What boundaries mean for empaths and why they aren’t evil.

Mirror touch synaesthesia and feeling others’ pain

I'm a physical (and emotional) empath, or as I recently learned – someone with mirror-touch synaesthesia. Meaning that I feel other people's sensations in my own body when I focus on a person, or on more sensitive days, when I just see the person (that includes random strangers in the street); and sometimes (apparently) when … Continue reading Mirror touch synaesthesia and feeling others’ pain