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Judith Orloff M.D.
For many empaths, loud noises are painful and anxiety-provoking because we have an enhanced startle response and are reactive to intense sensory input.
Take these steps to heal past trauma and thrive as an empath.
We must do our best to shift out of obsessive worry and focus more on hope, health, and a positive future. Try these strategies to reduce fear and anxiety.
Have you ever met someone at a party and liked her immediately? You may have been responding to another person's "energy." Learn to understand this intuitive feeling.
Do you struggle in the wintertime? Learn some strategies to cope and thrive.
Self-care is essential for all empathic people. Learn more about self-care practices, perspectives, and meditations.
Learn some action steps to help manage addiction.
Food is medicine. Take this quiz to determine if you’re a Food Empath (from The Empath’s Survival Guide).
Learn how to heal emotional triggers — those super-reactive places inside you that become activated by someone else’s behaviors or comments.
To find out if you’re an empath, take the following 20-question self-assessment.
Take this quiz to determine your Empathy Quotient.
Empathy generates a profound shift in our relationships, personally and globally. Learn more about the power of empathy here and take the quiz to determine if you are an empath.
Use these stress-reducing techniques to help create more equanimity and peace in your life.
Learn “The Sandwich Technique”, a mindful, sensitive communication strategy which everyone (including sensitive people) can use to transform relationships.
Research shows that we can catch each other’s emotions through “emotional contagion.” Learn how you can avoid taking on coworkers' stress.
How medication affects empaths and sensitive people is more intense than you may think. Read insights from "The Empath's Survival Guide" for strategies to navigate these effects.
Empaths often become overwhelmed by excessive stimulation and are prone to exhaustion and sensory overload. Learn five protection tips.
For empaths, sexuality is an important topic to get clear about
Too much togetherness always seemed overwhelming to me.
Empaths have strengths that are wonderful to develop. Bring them out fully with these five steps.
Thrive in a healthy and happy work environment by creating a sacred space at work.
Communication is vital when it comes to expressing intense emotions. Knowing the difference between venting and dumping is a positive start.
Learn to set healthy boundaries with those who drain you to protect your sensitivities and enhance your well-being.
Why do people become empaths? As a psychiatrist and an empath, I’ve seen that there are four main factors that can contribute to heightening one's sensitivities.
Learn the difference between empaths and highly sensitive people.
Empath children are precious beings. No matter where your child is on this spectrum, he or she would benefit from being taught to honor his or her specific sensitivities.
An empath absorbs the emotions of other people into their own bodies. Learn nine strategies to cure emotional hangovers.
Embrace your keen attainment to the natural world and Earth's changes.
Learn some of the best and worst careers for Empaths.
As a psychiatrist and an empath, I am fascinated by how the phenomenon of empathy works. I feel passionate that empathy is the medicine the world needs right now.
Judith Orloff, M.D., is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and the author of The Empath's Survival Guide.