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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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

Being an empath is like being water?

The photo is from my latest walk in the woods. For other articles on entanglement and identity (loss), see these: Are you an empath (or) do you have any of these issues? (basic intro if you are not sure what's meant by empath ... a shorter visual summary is here) How to distinguish your own feelings from … Continue reading Being an empath is like being water?

Ways to be an empath: psychological and psychic

For an in-depth discussions of some of this, check out ... Who are highly sensitive people, emotionally intense people, empaths, clairsentients, intuitives and psychics? Are you an empath – or any of these? Specifically explaining the difference between the emotional/psychological and psychic sense of empath: Being an empath is not the same as being empathic, … Continue reading Ways to be an empath: psychological and psychic