Updated: Sep 30, 2022
The skills of an empath are infinitely valuable in this human experience. Empaths have the most potential to create change in the world because of their ability to consider all angles and perspectives. For this reason, being an Old Soul usually means that some level of empathic ability is already pre-installed.
Being an empath, however, comes with incredibly difficult challenges which is why it’s important to know as much about the empath experience as possible. Here is a list of all the different kinds of empaths and how each type can manage its strengths and weaknesses to navigate the highs and lows of this experience efficiently.
1) The Emotional Empath
The emotional empath is the most common type of empath and those who have this gift are highly sensitive to the emotions of others, so much so, that they tend to mistake the emotions of others as their own. They can be quick to anger or tears and may have a hard time being around people who are aggressive, blunt, or have trouble regulating their emotions. However, they are also the most compassionate and can be excellent at offering support to others in need.
Emotional empaths have a lot of challenges but can become powerful healers and be of great service to humanity. A soul works hard to acquire the emotional empath gift.
strengths: Compassionate, caring, considerate, potential to become powerful healers.
weaknesses: Overly sensitive, struggles with groups, affected by the Judgment of others
2) The Physical Empath
The physical empath is tuned in to the physical well-being of others. These empaths sense imbalances in the body and can often tell when someone is sick or in pain, even if it doesn't show on the surface. They are drawn to careers in the medical field and may have a hard time being around people who are suffering without taking action.
Physical empaths need to find a balance between caring for others and taking care of themselves.
strengths: Compassionate, excellent healers, in touch with the physical well-being of others.
weaknesses: May have a hard time being around people who are suffering from physical ailments.
3) The Mental Empath
The mental empath is the third most common type of empath. They are highly sensitive to the thoughts of others. They can sense when the mind space is unbalanced and can often tell when someone is lying or withholding information. They may have a hard time being around people who aren't honest with themselves or others.
Mental empaths have great strength in their ability to sense when someone is thinking something harmful. They can also be excellent at problem-solving and finding creative solutions. However, mental empaths can also be easily overwhelmed by the thoughts of others and may need to find a balance between being supportive and setting boundaries.
strengths: Compassionate, excellent councilors, can sense bad intentions.
weaknesses: May have a hard time being in the company of those with an unhealthy mind space.
4) The Energy Empath
The energy empath is highly sensitive to the energies of others. They can often sense the residual energy of unhealthy habits and behaviors of others. They may have a hard time being around people who are not in touch with their own energies or who have harmful energy signatures.
Energy empaths can become powerful healers because of their ability to properly assess the energies of those who come to them. Although they might feel the need to help others, they can also be easily overwhelmed and must find a balance.
Strengths: Compassionate, excellent healers, can identify and correct imbalances.
Weaknesses: May have a hard time being around people with self-destructive tendencies.
5) The Animal Empath
The animal empath is highly sensitive to the thoughts and emotions of animals. They can often tell when an animal is sick or in pain with ease. Animal empaths usually feel called to speak up for animals who cannot speak for themselves. They can sense when a person is cruel and unloving toward animals as well.
Animal empaths have a lot of challenges but they can become powerful healers and be of great service to the animal kingdom. A soul works hard to acquire the animal empath gift.
strengths: Non-linear communication, In touch with the animal world.
weaknesses: Can absorb the suffering of others.
6) The Plant Empath
The plant empath is someone who can sense the feelings and energies of plants. They're often able to tell when one needs water or nutrients before it shows physically, like with dry leaves on a stem for instance. Plant empaths usually have a natural green thumb and can make any plant or garden thrive!
Strengths: Green thumb, nonverbal communication.
Weaknesses: May have a hard time being around plants that are suffering.
7) The Collective Empath
The collective empath is an empath who can sense the energies and feelings of large groups of people. They may be overly sensitive to the signatures of entire cities or countries, making it hard for them to feel at home. Collective empaths often feel called to help heal the world on a larger scale and can be excellent at activism.
strengths: Can sense the energies of groups of people, can help heal on a larger scale.
weaknesses: May have a hard time being around large groups of people.
8) The Intuitive Empath
The intuitive empath is an empath who is highly attuned to their intuition. They can often sense when something is off or about to happen before it does. Intuitive empaths usually have a strong connection to the spiritual realm and may be able to see and communicate with spirits.
Strengths: Can sense when something is off, strong connection to the spiritual realm.
Weaknesses: May have a hard time being around people who do not believe in the spiritual realm.
Thank you for reading! I know that one of the best ways to help empaths reach their full potential is to bring into their awareness that they are among the most powerful and gifted people on the planet. Empaths can change the world simply by existing in it and living their truth. I hope this helped you remember how special you are!!
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