Empathy is your internal guide to discerning between truth and lie, genuine emotion and deceit, and much, much more. Empaths are not meek emotional people, as many would imagine.
On the contrary, this strong trait gives them the power to overcome any emotional and mental challenges that can easily take down even the strongest looking.
Are empaths born or made?
The good news is that empathy is something you can learn and practice – and you can always increase your empathetic ability. However, there are those who are born with it. We are all born with this ability to an extent, but these people are born with a very strong sense of empathy.
And life with an empath is something very different from what many would imagine. Their strong and deep sense of things leads them through their life and allows them to create a unique and intriguing lifestyle.
If you have ever wondered whether your child is an empath, looking at these 15 common habits child empaths have might help you in finding out.
1. They choose their friends carefully
Children’s empaths don’t want to have just anyone for a friend for the sake of friendship. In fact, they will avoid any shallow friendship and stick to a select few friends they can truly connect with. And these friends are more than enough for them.
2. They take on the stress of others
If there is something that bothers a close member of the family, the child empath will also feel bothered and uneasy. They take on the stress of those that matter to them, even if they are not always aware.
3. They act out when you are upset
Being able to feel your emotions, the child empath will often not be able to handle them. This is when they start acting out.
4. They connect with plants and animals on a deeper level
Child empaths are in deep connection with nature. You might notice that the way they connect with plants and animals is not something a child usually knows how to experience.
5. They have a strong intuition
Intuition is at its strongest among empaths. You might notice that your child seems to know the truth about things they shouldn’t be able to comprehend. It’s because their intuition allows them to understand immediately and without the need for reason.
6. They like to spend time alone
An empath child will often prefer to spend some time alone, instead of mingling with other children. This is very common among empaths, as this is the time when they take a rest from the whirlpool of emotions they experience when surrounded by others.
7. They are very good listeners
They often pose as a person who not only understands others easily but can connect so much that they are often the shoulder for others to cry on.
8. They are compassionate
Their deep care for people doesn’t allow them to sit idly by and do nothing to those who struggle. Instead, they are often the first who will try to help and try to push others forward.
9. They don’t prefer family gatherings
It’s not that they don’t like the family or that they try to avoid anyone there. It’s simply because when the emotions in the air get overwhelming, they quickly disappear to cool down.
10. They react to books and movies more than other children.
They can’t help experiencing every emotion that is being portrayed in the book they are reading or the movie they are watching. Their strong ability to empathize and truly experience the things they see or imagine makes them react accordingly.
11. They feel like they don’t fit in
And it’s true – they can’t fit in easily. Child empaths are not very common, and when they mingle with other children, they can’t fit in because they are led by their own compass, not that of the group.
12. They become overstimulated in crowds
Crowds can be a nightmare for these children. The flux of different emotions and thoughts makes them feel overwhelmed and because of this, they might become emotional, hide, or even run away.
13. They don’t like loud noises
Their senses are more in tune than most people’s and because of this, loud noises may feel very disturbing to them.
14. They feel things on a much deeper level
They are not only aware of other people’s emotions, but of their own as well. This awareness comes with a note of deepness that most people can’t imagine. This can all be quite overwhelming for them until they learn how to tackle the emotions.
15. They can tell when someone’s lying
Being able to feel their emotions, they can intuitively decipher those emotions into intentions and thoughts. That’s how they are able to tell if someone’s lying, and they are usually aware of the motives behind it.
Raising a child empath means paying special attention to their needs and their triggers. As a parent, it’s best to identify what drains them the most and help them discern between their emotions and those of others. Having a child empath is a great gift – nurture it and learn from it!