Have you ever felt that you might be sympathetic? The way you think, feel, and deal with, it seems to center around your sense of empathy? Perhaps you will be able to know and understand yourself better if you take an empathy test.
As a psychiatrist and empath, I am fascinated by how the phenomenon of empathy works. I feel passionately that compassion is the medicine the world needs right now. Take this Empath self-assessment quiz to see if you’re a passionate empath.
Empathy is when we reach out to our hearts for others and put ourselves in their shoes. It also means that we can be happy for others in their happy times. The Dalai Lama says, “Empathy is the most valuable human quality.”
During these trying times, both personally and globally, it is easy to get overwhelmed. However, empathy is the quality that will make us overcome it. It enables us to respect each other, even if we disagree. Empathy does not make you an emotional fool without discrimination. It allows you to keep your heart open to promote tolerance and understanding.
Empathy may not always be effective in reaching people, but I believe it is the best chance we have for peace in our lives and on this planet. in my book empath survival guide I discuss the power of empathy. I also address the difference between normal empathy and being empathetic.
Like many of my patients and I, empaths are people who rank high on the empathic spectrum and actually feel what is happening to others in their own bodies. As a result, empaths can feel deep empathy for others—but they often tire of feeling “too much” unless they develop strategies to protect their sensibilities and set healthy boundaries.
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Research suggests that empaths may have a hyperactive visual nervous system in their brains. These are the cells responsible for compassion. Because of the empath’s tendency to experience pain in others, it is important for us to learn to care without bearing the suffering of others or the world.
The message of empathy is always “I hear you” even if you don’t agree with someone’s reasoning. These magic words are the first step to making others feel safe. However, being empathetic doesn’t mean you’ve become a doormat or tolerate abuse, just to keep the peace in unhealthy situations. Instead, once you see where someone is coming from, you can make the best decisions in that situation.
Empaths share all the traits of what Dr. Eileen Aaron called “highly sensitive people,” or highly sensitive people. These include a low threshold for stimulation, the need to spend time alone, sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, as well as aversion to large groups.
Highly sensitive people also take longer to calm down after a busy day because their system’s ability to go from high stimulation to calmness is slower. Empaths shares a highly sensitive person’s love of nature and serene environments.
However, the empath’s ability to have a highly developed intuition and his tendency to be an emotional sponge that absorbs the pressure of the world distinguishes him from a person sensitive to excessive sensory stimulation.
Read the science behind empathy and empathy
To determine if you are an empath, answer this quiz from the Empath Survival Guide.
Are you an empath?
To find out the answer, do the following 20 self-assessment, and answer “mostly yes” or “mostly no” to each question.
Empath self-assessment test
1. Have I been labeled “extremely sensitive,” shy, or introverted?
2. Do I frequently feel confused or anxious?
3. Do arguments or yelling make me sick?
4. Do I often feel that I am not a good fit?
5. Am I exhausted by crowds and need alone time to refresh myself?
6. Am I being overly stimulated by noises, smells or non-stop speakers?