P SYC H I C S DI R EC T O R Y 20 1 7 B eing an empath is a strength not a weakness Empaths sense subtle changes in their environment. They are highly sensitive to the world around them. They are gifted with sensing others’ emotions and an understanding of what is truly going on. Empaths are natural nurturers, magnetic leaders and exceptional problem solvers. Feeling others’ energy is an empathic gift. Empaths are tuned in to the invisible, so empathic qualities are magnificent magical gifts. Being an empath is a gift not a curse Children with empathic sense are often told they are too sensitive and need to toughen up, so from a young age are conditioned to believe that being sensitive is a quality to be feared and ashamed of. Perhaps if they were taught to embrace their empathic ability and intuitive gift and to be proud of their sensitivity, they would be more at peace with it and empowered to share it in a positive way. Empaths are often accused of being a victim, martyr or sook. On the contrary; empaths develop strength, resilience and resourcefulness to manage their sensitive powers. By Suzy Cherub 6 The Empowered Empath Genuine empaths are not concerned with how things are affecting them Glyn claim Ridgers Often, Image people by who they are empaths sometimes seem more concerned about themselves. Some even brag that they are so sensitive they can’t even go to the shops to buy a loaf of bread. As they have a concern for their own welfare, they may express the need to avoid public places or people as they are fearful of absorbing others’ energies. Is this their own fear creating this paranoia and anxiety?