An empath is someone who is very aware of the emotions of those around them, to the point where they feel those emotions themselves. Empaths see the world differently than other people; They are very aware of others, their pain points and their emotional needs.
But it’s not just emotions. according to dr Judith Orloff, author of The Empath’s Survival Guide, empaths can also feel physical pain — and often sense someone’s intentions or where they’re coming from. In other words, empaths seem to pick up on many of the lived experiences of those around them.
Many highly sensitive people (HSPs) are also empaths – but there can be a difference between empaths and HSPs. A high level of empathy is just one of the four traits that make someone an HSP, and HSPs respond to many types of stimuli in addition to emotions. It’s likely that most empaths are highly sensitive, but not all highly sensitive people are necessarily empaths.