Being an empath can be experienced in many different ways by different people. Because of this, it is sometimes beneficial to further differentiate the general term “empath” from more particular types of empaths. This article will highlight the top 7 different types of empaths.
This list is by no means definitive, but will give you a good idea as to just a handful of ways in which empathy can manifest. See which one(s) resonate with you!
1. The Emotional Empath
The emotional empath is the most common type of empath and the one I most frequently talk about on the blog. This empath can feel the emotions of others as if they were one’s own. They can feel and sense the anger, sadness, happiness, or any other emotion that others may be feeling. The emotional empath may feel as if they need to help people deal with their pain and struggles and may be an expert in knowing what others need in order to feel better.
2. The Physical Empath
The physical empath is able to feel the physical sensations of other people as if they were one’s own, just like the emotional empath can feel the emotions of other people. The physical empath may inadvertently try to heal the physical ailments of other people by taking on those ailments as their own. It is not uncommon for this type of empath to experience random aches, pains or other health issues after spending time with people who are in some sort of physical discomfort.
3. The “Noun” Sensitive Empath
The “noun” sensitive empath is sensitive to (you guessed it!) people, places and things. The noun sensitive empath is able to pick up on general “vibes” in certain locations, around certain people, or even while handling certain objects (particularly old or historical objects). This empath will naturally be attracted to or repelled by the energy that people, places or things emit, and will want to either be near or avoid said people, places or things based on the vibe they get. This usually happens on a subconscious level.
4. The Mass Energy Empath
The mass energy empath is able to feel emotions on a huge scale. For example, when a town, city or even country at large is feeling extra emotional about a particular event, this empath can totally sense the mass amount of emotions.
Some examples of scenarios that may cause an empath to feel on a mass scale include the following:
- When there’s disturbing news happening (think big court cases, school shootings, police violence or terrorism) that leave entire towns or even countries in general states of distress.
- When there’s bad weather or natural disasters.
- During high stakes elections. Presidential elections are the most intense (for Americans, anyway. I can’t speak for elections in other countries since I haven’t lived through any yet).
5. The Animal Empath
The animal empath has the ability to sense and connect with the energy and emotions of animals. This ability can manifest similarly to feeling the emotions of people, except it pertains to animals. This type of empath may be very likely to go vegan or become an animal rights activist.
6. The Earth Empath
The earth empath is able to sense and connect with plants and the earth itself. Because humans have been notoriously horrible to the earth, an earth empath may have a hard time having to feel the damage that has been inflicted on our home planet. The upside to this however, is that the earth empath can also feel uplifted as they can sense all of the life and wonder of the earth and the plants that grow on it, regardless of human influence. Earth empaths may get really into gardening or may become environmental activists.
7. The Healing Empath
Finally, the healing empath is an empath who has natural healing abilities. In general, when this type of empath picks up on intense negative emotions or painful physical sensations, they often take those emotions or pains away from the people who are actually experiencing them, allowing the other person to heal.
Naturally, the healing empath may be drawn to healing professions and may wind up working as doctors, yoga instructors, reiki masters, or even acupuncturists!
The Bottom Line
These are just a handful of ways empathy can manifest for people. There are probably many other different types of empaths out there, but these are the most general and common ones I come across. Hopefully knowing what type of empath you are will help you better understand your gift and what you can do with it.