Empath Support & Community

Dear Fellow Empaths:

I welcome you to the empath support page. My goal is to empower empaths to fully embrace their sensitivities and manage the challenges of being a highly sensitive person. As a physician and an empath myself, I know how important it is for empaths to gather in community. I've created this page to support empaths and to educate their loved ones who may need guidance coping with our sensitivities!

Please check out my book The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. This book is for everyone who wants to learn all about empaths and their experiences. The topics in the book include health, weight, relationships, love, work, parenting sensitive children, combating narcissists and other energy vampires, protection techniques & celebrating the gift of sensitivity. I also invite you to participate in the Facebook Empath Support Group by submitting questions, comments, and feelings about the journey of being an empath. I hope you enjoy this page and that it inspires you to embrace the true gift of being an empath.
With love,

Life Strategies for Sensitive People, to learn all about empaths and their experiences—topics include health, weight, relationships, love, work parenting sensitive children, combating narcissists and other energy vampires, protection techniques & celebrating your gift of sensitivity.

Ask Dr. Orloff About Empathy

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Please note: Questions and their subsequent answers submitted here may appear on this website page. For referrals please check the Referral and Resource page on our website. We regret that we are unable to respond to referral requests on an individual basis. Thanks!

How can I use intuition to find the right roommate?

Do empaths have a harder time dealing with technology and EM radiation?

Is sleeping well more difficult for empaths?

Can two empaths be in a successful relationship together?

How can an empath travel more comfortably without getting overwhelmed?

Are empaths meant to serve in the healing arts or are they too sensitive?

How do I live with an empath?

As an empath how do I know if an emotion is mine or someone else's?

How can a non-empath live with an empathic spouse?

How can an Empath and an Intellectual have a good relationship?

Are you an empath who wants children but are scared?

Are there special challenges to being a male empath?

How can an "Empath" and a "Rock" be in a good relationship?

Do emotional empaths get more sensitive as they age?

What are tips for empaths to cope during holiday festivities?

How do I help empathic children shield themselves and calm down?

Are highly sensitive people more prone to illness?

Can childhood neglect affect your sensitivity levels as an adult?

Do emotional empaths have a stronger connection to the animal kingdom?

Do highly sensitive people get energized in the country and out in nature?

Is there a difference between intuition and being an empath?

Do empaths have stronger physical reflexes and a startle response?

Parenting tips for highly sensitive empathic children


Judith's Empath Blogs & Quizzes

Read More Blogs Here »

Take More Quizzes Here »

Top 10 Traits of an Empath »
Discover if you relate to the top 10 traits of an empath.

How to Know if You're an Empath »
Take this quiz to tell if you are a highly sensitive person.

4 Ways to Break Up with a Narcissist »
Learn four strategies to get your power back from a narcissist.

6 Survival Tips for Empaths »
Learn strategies to stay centered without absorbing negative energies.

Are You a Relationship Empath? »
Find out if you're a relationship empath.

Why Empaths Are Attracted to Unavailable People »
Learn the 12 signs if you're involved with an emotionally unavailable person.

How Empaths Can Deal with Obsessive Relationships »
Take this quiz to learn if you're overly attached to your partner.

Empathic Illness: Do You Absorb Other People's Symptoms? »
Learn nine strategies to stop absorbing other people's illness and pain.

Relationship Tips for Highly Sensitive People »
If you're an empath practice these 5 tips for a successful relationship.

The Healing Power of Tears »
Learn how to stay healthy & stress free through the benefits of tears.

Celebrating the Highly Sensitive Man »
Discover if you are an empathic man and steps to find a balance.

Why Empaths are at Risk for Adrenal Fatigue »
Learn 12 strategies to relieve adrenal fatigue.

How to Protect Your Energy »
Four common beliefs that can drain an empath.

Tips to Center Yourself »
Practice these 4 tips everyday to help center yourself.

Does Your Relationship Need a Sleep Divorce? »
Read this article on how sleeping apart can improve your health and relationship.

Six Tips to Deal with Anger Addicts »
Anger can tyrannize relationships. Learn how to handle anger addicts.

Tips to Cope with Personal Space Invaders »
When your personal space is invaded, follow these tips to protect yourself from intruders.

How to Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires »
Learn how to protect yourself from six types of energy vampires.

4 Strategies to Survive Emotional Vampires »
Learn four general strategies to deal with emotional vampires.

Do You Get Drained by Other People's Energy? »
Dr. Orloff discusses the dynamics of intuitive empathy.

How to Know if You're an Empath

Judith Orloff - Monday, July 25, 2011

Adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff’s The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People (2017 Sounds True)

Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, world-class nurturers.

The trademark of empaths is that they know where you’re coming from. Some can do this without taking on people’s feelings. However, for better or worse, others, like myself and many of my patients, can become angst-sucking sponges. This often overrides the sublime capacity to absorb positive emotions and all that is beautiful. If empaths are around peace and love, their bodies assimilate these and flourish. Negativity, though, often feels assaultive, exhausting. Thus, they’re particularly easy marks for emotional vampires, whose fear or rage can ravage empaths. As a subconscious defense, they may gain weight as a buffer. When thin, they’re more vulnerable to negativity, a missing cause of overeating explored in my book Positive Energy. Plus, an empath’s sensitivity can be overwhelming in romantic relationships; many stay single since they haven’t learned to negotiate their special cohabitation needs with a partner.

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Empowered Empath Community

Welcome! Click on the link below to become a member of the Empath Support Group I created on Facebook. I welcome your questions, comments, discussions, feelings and strategies to cope on your journey of being an empath.



Dr. Orloff's Media Interviews and Videos on Empathy

The Unhealthy Attraction Between Empaths & Narcissists


The Unhealthy Attraction Between Empaths & Narcissists Video

The Empath’s Survival Guide: Dr. Orloff on Empathy & Empaths

How to Sleep with an Empath: Loving an Empath Part 1

Why Empaths Need Alone Time: Loving an Empath Part 2

Highly Sensitive People: Dr. Orloff NPR Interview with Larry Mantle on Emotional Freedom

The EMPATH QUIZ! Are You An Emotional Sponge?

Healing Emotional Pain

What is Your Emotional Type: From Dr. Orloff's PBS show "Emotional Freedom Now!

Press Interviews

The Science Behind Intuition »

Reader's Digest
10 Signs You Have Incredible Empathy »

U.S. News & World Report
Are You Catching Other People's Emotions? »

Psychology Today
Help Arrives for Mirror-Touch Synesthetes: Pioneering therapist Dr. Judith Orloff counsels the highly empathic »
A Guide for the Highly Sensitive Person »

Irish Independent
Wellbeing: Running on Empathy »

Maria Shriver's Women's Conference
Empathy in the Workplace »

Empathy Can Go A Long Way in the Office »

Yoga Journal
Empathy Overload! »


Empath Support Products

Empath Download & Audio Products

Books by Dr Orloff on Empathy

Register for Dr. Orloff’s "SURRENDER TO YOUR INTUITION ONLINE COURSE" with HAY HOUSE. It teaches empaths strategies to tune into intuition as a life-transforming skill and how to manage the challenging aspects of being an empath.

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Dr. Orloff's The Empath's Survival Guide Book Tour

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Book Talk & Signing
The Empath’s Survival Guide – Mountain View, CA (near San Francisco)
East West Bookstore
324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
For details call (650) 988-9800 or go to www.EastWest.com

Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Book Talk & Signing
The Empath’s Survival Guide – Mountain View, CA (near San Francisco)
Passage Bookstore
51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925
For details call (800) 999-7909 or go to www.BookPassage.com

Friday, April 7, 2017 – Book Talk & Signing
The Empath’s Survival Guide - Sausalito, CA
Academy of Intuition Medicine
For details go to www.intuitionmedicine.org or email info@intuitionmedicine.org

Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Workshop
The Empath’s Survival Guide - Sausalito, CA
Academy of Intuition Medicine
For details go to www.intuitionmedicine.org or email info@intuitionmedicine.org

Full 2017 Schedule »

Science of Empathy

Science Daily
Study finds popular painkiller reduces empathy »

The American Psychological Association
The Mind's Mirror: How mirror neurons explain empathy »

Israel Journal of Psychiatry & Related Sciences
Social Anxiety Associated with Increased Empathic Abilities »

Psychology Today
The Neuroscience of Empathy »

Science Daily
Narcissism Causes Lack of Empathy »


Friends of the Empathic Community

Alanis Morissette's "In Praise of the Vulnerable Man"

Other Empathic Resources

Dr. Elaine Aron - The Highly Sensitive Person

Dr. Ted Zeff: Healing for Highly Sensitive People

Jim Hallowes - www.highlysensitivepeople.com

National Geographic documentary “Naked Science” on Telepathy. Can we pick up other people’s thoughts?