The Burden of Being Sensitive

The Burden of Being Sensitive

A talent for being extra tuned-in to the feelings of others is a double-edged sword, and one of its drawbacks is what psychotherapist and educator Jennifer Freed, Ph.D. calls the empath’s dilemma: when carrying around the weight of someone else’s emotions, or energy, gets to be too much. Here, Freed shares personal stories from empath friends (people who feel the emotions of others especially deeply), along with ways all of us—even the less-empathic...

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