Are You A Spiritual Empath? Test, Signs & Traits

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Do you ever wonder if you are a spiritual empath?

Are you always getting the sensation that you feel things more deeply than most people around you?

Do you feel like you can easily take on the emotions and pain of others?

Feeling everything deeply can sometimes be a burden, but most of the time it’s a blessing.

If you’ve answered yes to all three questions above, there is a strong probability that you are a spiritual empath.

Still, there are some common signs that will help you confirm the feeling for you, as well as track the process of awakening as a spiritual empath.

Read on to find out the traits that make up a spiritual empath and test yourself to see how many you can relate to. 

Ready? Let’s explore them!

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What is a Spiritual Empath? 

A Spiritual Empath is someone who knows the feelings of those around them so well that they can even feel their own. They are aware of this ability and are able to balance their rich inner experiences with healthy and beneficial qualities.

Empaths experience the world differently than other people.

As a spiritual empath, you are able to feel others deeply, recognize their pain, and understand their emotional needs.

Spiritual empathy forms a part of intuitive empathy. 

According to clinical psychologist Alexander Draghici, “intuitive empathy is a fantastic ability and a gift that you can use to cultivate compassion and understanding in people’s lives.”

More than anything, you recognize that the spiritual gift of empathy needs to be recognized as being purposeful and helpful to the person who has it and those who are around them.

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Test, Signs & Traits of a Spiritual Empath

1. You are guided by intuition

Do you often rely on your intuition?

This may be because you are so in tune with everything happening around you.

If so, you are most probably a spiritual empath.

A spiritual empath prefers an intuitive approach to everything, like how to choose words and things for instance.

They believe in and trust the legitimacy of their feelings.

Often they are involved in intuitively guided spiritual practices such as Tarot, Reiki, Astrology, and Shamanic Healing.

Due to their high sensory abilities, they often possess psychic abilities.

This is a great trait to have, and you can still keep on improving it.

To find out if you are a person who is guided by their intuition and how you can best use it to lead your life according to your desires, be sure to take this personalized numerology report. 

2. You feel the energy when you go somewhere

If you’re an empath, this probably happens to you all the time.

There’s something inside you that recognizes and analyzes every room you enter. You can feel the mood immediately.

Crowded places can create confusion in your mind because you are conscious of everything.

You’ll quickly find out if it’s worth staying in a specific place.

If you don’t like it, just turn around and walk away. This ability is like a superpower that keeps you away from bad experiences.

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3. You absorb other people’s emotions

You are like a sponge.

No matter what the person next to you is feeling, you can’t help but absorb their emotions.

You are so conscious of what others are going through, and this feeling is reflected in you without words.

Unfortunately, that can mean absorbing someone else’s negative energy and ruining your day.

According to public health writer Jessica Baron, “true empaths feel others’ happiness or sadness in their own body, which can lead to emotional overload.”

Your ability to empathize can bring great comfort to others, but at the same time, it can be so literal that it can bring pain and exhaustion.

That’s why it’s important to set boundaries and communicate those feelings appropriately.

Remember that you are not responsible for other people’s feelings. They are in control of their emotional state.

All you can do is support them and tell them you understand their pain.

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4. You are very considerate

Feeling the feelings of others creates great compassion.

Compassion is a very deep and profound feeling that can be felt toward a person, a group of people, or the whole world, and as a spiritual empath, you feel it very often. 

5. You often need time alone

You value, need, and often crave alone time because you act like a magnet, constantly absorbing the many emotions around you.

Spending time alone is important for maintaining balance and releasing emotions that need to be released.

Without time and space for themselves to recharge, empaths can experience emotional difficulties that can even lead to mental illness.

Requiring time alone and isolating yourself from other people can be a sign of spiritual awakening.

To find out if you are undergoing spiritual awakening, make sure to read my blog post that offers this spiritual awakening test.

6. You often feel overwhelmed and stressed

Feeling strong all the time can be stressful.

Empaths usually have heightened senses, which only makes things more intense.

You may feel overwhelmed by other people’s feelings and don’t know what to do.

Feeling so many emotions at once and not knowing what to do about them causes real stress.

This is why it is important to place boundaries between the energy that drains you and yourself, to protect and enrich your energy space.

If you feel lost and stressed in life, give this free moon reading a try, which will help unravel aspects of yourself and your life path that you need to consider in order to overcome your biggest challenges. 

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7. You attract energy vampires

Of course, receptivity comes with the risk of being taken advantage of.

This is what happens when selfish people with selfish goals (such as narcissists) share the same energy space with you.

They are probably attracted to you because you have what they need.

You may find it difficult to say no when someone asks you for help.

Beware of those who ask for much and give nothing in return.

Be sure to spot the signs quickly, trust your intuition, and set healthy boundaries.

If you’d like to eliminate your energy space from the energy that no longer serves you, such as an ex or a toxic friend, make sure to read my blog post on detachment spells for cleaning pain that you can carry out at any time.

8. You hate fights

This is probably the thing you may not understand about yourself at all. 

You dislike getting into heated arguments or proving things to others. This is one of the most common empathic traits.

You want to discuss things, share different perspectives, and learn from people who are different from you.

However, many react very differently and feel the need to attack those who do not share similar views, which make you feel uneasy and keen on avoiding any potential conflicts or fights.

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9. You have a strong desire to help others

You have energy that matches that of a dog’s.

Dogs can tell when someone is sick without the person knowing, and so can you.

You can feel the emotional and physical pain of others and have a strong desire to relieve them.

You can’t bear to see others suffer and have a hard time coping with their own and others’ pain.

You just want to understand it, analyze it, and translate it into something better.

You’re probably not the type to just sit and watch, so it’s really hard to not be able to do anything, which is why you tend to look for opportunities to help others as much as you can. 

If you are seeking ideas for jobs that are most suitable for you as a spiritual empath, make sure to watch my YouTube video exploring 5 Best Careers for Empaths. 

11. You find spending too much time in public places exhausting

The reason for this seems random, but it is not. Large crowds can drain empaths.

They don’t like crowded places where their concentration can be distracted, and their anxiety heightened.

If you’re a spiritual empath, you often dream of a comfortable bed and home when you’re outdoors.

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12. People tend to tell you their problems

Your presence is so comforting and your energy makes people trust you right away.

That’s why you have so many confessions and secrets for other people who trust you.

They will tell you their problems and you will find ways to help them if you can.

With you, they just feel safe and welcome.

13. You understand where people come from

Empaths can learn to absorb emotions less, and some empaths “absorb” emotions very little.

But all empaths can intuitively sense what someone is trying to express, even if they have a hard time expressing it.

After all, empathy is basically understanding and connecting with others.

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14. Tragic events on TV shock you like nothing else

When you are an empath, it doesn’t matter if nothing terrible happens to you.

You seem to “experience” the pain and loss of the event yourself, whether it’s thousands of miles away or the show’s fictional event.

This reaction can sometimes be completely overwhelming.

Empaths, like highly sensitive people (HSPs), may not appreciate violence and human tragedy, even if others find them compelling sources of entertainment.

Finding a way to reduce the extent of being affected by such news is crucial as a spiritual empath. 

According to Healthline, “when you feel anxious, you might skip scrolling through news articles and social media in favor of reading a favorite book or watching a comforting movie.” 

15. You have an irrepressible love for pets, animals, and babies

Sure, we all know that babies are adorable little wonders and dogs and cats are cute, but those feelings seem to be much stronger for you.

You may not be able to resist crouching down right away to show your puppy some love. Some people may find your reaction “over the top”.

In many ways, this is one of the many perks of being an empath.

All emotions are running high, including positive ones.

16. You may feel sickness in a person’s body, not just emotions

When someone is sick or injured, you may even treat their illness as if it were your own.

It means that there is an actual physical sensation, such as tension or pain.

The empathic brain seems to not only reflect what the other person is experiencing, but also physically project that experience onto their own bodies.

It can be uncomfortable, even debilitating. But it’s also why empaths are such great caregivers.

Without this ability, they cannot truly connect with those in pain or give them exactly what they need to feel more comfortable.

It’s no surprise that empaths are drawn to roles such as nurses, doctors, elderly caregivers, and healers.

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17. Intimacy can be overwhelming

Relationships are difficult for everyone.

But imagine how big these challenges can be when you can sense every little whiff, irritation, or even lie from your partner.

And positive emotions can be overwhelming, too, as if the relationship can “envelope” you. Sound familiar?

But more than that, the common environment is a hurdle when it comes to living together.

The “energy” of a live-in partner is always present for empathy and can almost feel like an intrusion. Partners change that.

Some empaths choose to remain single for this reason, while others learn to reconcile by having a room that is a private space or (most importantly) finding a partner who respects boundaries.

If you are on the quest of finding true love and attracting your twin flame who understands and appreciates you for who you are, make sure to read my blog post on How To Attract Your Twin Flame Fast in 3 Steps. 

18. You have a calming effect on others and have the power to heal them

That’s true. Just like people turn to empaths for advice, they feel more comfortable with them.

In fact, people often subconsciously seek out the most empathetic friends when they are in a difficult situation.

This is something that can actually be developed and used to heal people by helping them overcome heavy emotional baggage and break unhealthy patterns.

But you cannot do this by hiding your sensitivity and empathy. If you really want to make a difference, you have to embrace your talents.

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19. You care about healing, overall health, and wellness

According to the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, “both empathy and spirituality relate to the attitudes practitioners hold for the clients they serve and may actually impact treatment outcomes.”

You are drawn to helping people and/or animals, being attracted to jobs that help make a direct impact on someone’s life and care for them.

However, rigorous, long-term training and work protocols are known to stifle innate empaths and significantly deter them from what drew them into the field in the first place.

Once in the field, it is very important to notice your own empathy and not be overwhelmed by absorbing the energy of others.

20. You have a strong curiosity for the truth

Fueled by a curiosity to understand the intricacies of life, and a strong desire to seek the truth and question everything, you try and try to find answers to questions that may have no answers. 

Still, you keep looking for answers, even if it takes a lifetime.

Seeking knowledge about facts and experiences that seem new and foreign to us is a strong trait of being spiritual empaths and starseeds, and books are the most efficient way to attain them. 

If you are looking to expand your knowledge about spirituality and truths that can only be found by searching within you, be sure to read my blog post on the Best 21 Starseed Books You Must Read in 2023. 

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What is the difference between empaths and highly sensitive people?

Both have very sensitive senses and are mostly introverts, but empaths are sometimes extroverts and highly sensitive people are almost always introverts.

What is the spiritual meaning of empathy?

Empathy gives us the ability to form social connections and important relationships with others, regulating our emotions and alleviating difficult experiences.

Is there such a thing as too much empathy?

If empathy is experienced too often, you may suffer the consequences of being too empathetic, such as feeling the pain of others which can leave you feeling mentally and physically exhausted and, after a while, lethargic.

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If all the signs described above resonate with you, chances are that you are a spiritual empath waiting to awaken.

As such a being, one of the most important things in life that motivates you is the well-being of others.

This is the best performance a human being can have, as you naturally tend to make the world a better place.

Bearing this in mind, you shouldn’t be afraid to share your inner world with others.

Aim at being yourself and don’t let the negative energy of cynics and unimaginative people cloud your goals.

Your goals and lifestyle are completely sustainable, and you simply have to move forward and overcome your fears to unleash your greatest potential.

Can you relate to any of the signs and traits above that make up a spiritual empath? Did you find any that were surprising? Let me know in the comments! 


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Angelina Der Arakelian

As an author and creative entrepreneur, Angelina loves using words to help people make sense of a place we call the Universe. She is the founder of Soul Craft, where she explores topics such as conscious creativity, energy and the law of attraction, all of which can be used to design one's own reality. Read more articles by Angelina here.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Archana

    Yes it is totally relatable to me.

  2. Lydia

    Oh my gosh! This explains so much and reinforces what I thought. Thank you!

    1. Julia Lundin

      You’re welcome 💜

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