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    http://www.feelguide.com/2015/04/22...nce-social-anxiety-to-very-rare-psychic-gift/

    Although Western medicine has radically transformed our world for the better, and given rise to some of the most remarkable breakthroughs in human history, in some ways it is still scratching at the lower slopes of the bigger picture. Only recently have our health systems begun to embrace the healing power of some ancient Eastern traditions such as meditation, for example. But overall, nowhere across the human health spectrum is Western medicine more unknowledgeable than in the realm of mental health. The human brain is the most complex biological machine in the known Universe, and our understanding of its inner workings is made all the more challenging when we factor in the symbiotic relationship of the mind-body connection.

    When it comes to the wide range of diagnoses in the mental health spectrum, anxiety is the most common – affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population). And although anxiety can manifest in extreme and sometimes crippling degrees of intensity, Western doctors are warming up to the understanding that a little bit of anxiety could be incredibly beneficial in the most unexpected ways. One research study out of Lakehead University discovered that people with anxiety scored higher on verbal intelligence tests. Another study conducted by the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel found that people with anxiety were superior than other participants at maintaining laser-focus while overcoming a primary threat as they are being bombarded by numerous other smaller threats, thereby significantly increasing their chances of survival. The same research team also discovered that people with anxiety showed signs of “sentinel intelligence”, meaning they were able to detect real threats that were invisible to others (i.e. test participants with anxiety were able to detect the smell of smoke long before others in the group).

    Another research study from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York involved participants with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The findings revealed that people with severe cases of GAD had much higher IQ’s than those who had more mild cases. The theory is that “an anxious mind is a searching mind,” meaning children with GAD develop higher levels of cognitive ability and diligence because their minds are constantly examining ideas, information, and experiences from multiple angles simultaneously.

    But perhaps most fascinating of all is a research study published by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Biotechnology Information involving participants with social anxiety disorder (i.e. social phobia). The researchers embarked on their study with the following thesis: “Individuals with social phobia (SP) show sensitivity and attentiveness to other people’s states of mind. Although cognitive processes in SP have been extensively studied, these individuals’ social cognition characteristics have never been examined before. We hypothesized that high-socially-anxious individuals (HSA) may exhibit elevated mentalizing and empathic abilities.” The research methods were as follows: “Empathy was assessed using self-rating scales in HSA individuals (n=21) and low-socially-anxious (LSA) individuals (n=22), based on their score on the Liebowitz social anxiety scale. A computerized task was used to assess the ability to judge first and second order affective vs. cognitive mental state attributions.”

    Remarkably, the scientists found that a large portion of people with social anxiety disorder are gifted empaths – people whose right-brains are operating significantly above normal levels and are able to perceive the physical sensitivities, spiritual urges, motivations, and intentions of other people around them (see Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk below for a powerful explanation of this ability). The team’s conclusion reads: “Results support the hypothesis that high-socially-anxious individuals demonstrate a unique profile of social-cognitive abilities with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions.” To understand more about the traits of an empath you can CLICK HERE. And to see if you align with the 22 most common traits of an empath CLICK HERE.

    Empaths who have fully embraced their abilities are able to function on a purely intuition-based level. As Steve Jobs once said, “[Intuition] is more powerful than intellect,” and in keeping with this appreciation, writer Carolyn Gregoire recently penned a fascinating feature entitled “10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently” and you can read it in full by visiting HuffingtonPost.com. And to learn why Western medicine may be misinterpreting mental illness at large, be sure to read the fascinating account of Malidoma Patrice Somé, Ph.D. – a shaman and a Western-trained doctor. “In the shamanic view, mental illness signals the birth of a healer, explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.” You can read the full story by reading “What A Shaman Sees In A Mental Hospital”. For more great stories about the human brain be sure to visit The Human Brain on FEELguide. (Sources: Business Insider, The Mind Unleashed, Huffington Post, photo courtesy of My Science Academy).
     
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    no wonder I am so calm
     
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    So, that means I'm a genius, right, right, right, right, right? *hyperventilates*
     
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    I was making fun of myself here because I've had anxiety for a long time, and it's usually because I'm stressing about the many possibilities of how something could turn out, which is a lot of thought and analysis. Not that every nervous feeling means something or signifies reasonable or sensible thinking, but most people too often see anxiety as a sign that someone is not thinking or being irrational or paranoid (which also happens) but fail to realize that it could be a sign of noticing more in people and environment than others do. I do pick up on subtleties that others miss but I'm often having to diminish those observations or pretend that I didn't notice or ignore it, because it's often dismissed. This denial or disconfirmation can lead to self doubt, and consequently anxiety. It makes you second guess yourself, when your thought processes were on point, but because you don't have the recognition or support for those feelings, since it is easier for people to ignore or dismiss those nervous feeling as irrelevant or unrealistic, you suppress those feelings or inclinations. But later something confirms that you were right, but by then it doesn't matter. People are surprised when they realize it themselves, while you wonder why it wasn't already obvious, not because you are smarter but because your mind has already considered the many possibilities, so it wasn't as difficult to imagine as it is to them. I don't think it's psychic. I just think that we all have varying types of naturalized observational skills, and this is displayed in different ways. I've been slowly trying to separate other people's vibes from my own or else you feel overwhelmed by it. This is why someone with high anxiety needs a good about of reserve or quiet to feel more calm or relaxed. They need to focus. When they're around social or other intense stimuli, their mind veers into different directions and connections. This is why they become so easily overwhelmed, not because they can't handle situations because their mind is processing so much at once.

    Here's an example of my thought processes on acid: :D - http://www.infjs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13546&page=5&p=702146&viewfull=1#post702146
     
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    Guess I was more intelligent in high school.
     
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    I'm skeptical of such reports. For instance, if anxiety is glamorized, people will be more likely to be comfortable with identifying with it, with using money on unnecessary prescription drugs, with low self-esteem and being unproductive spenders to fix it, etc. etc. Many people stand to profit from society adopting a certain perspective, so I would be wary of swallowing it up.
     
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    I think it's less about IQ and more about awareness and how much you work things over in your head, or basically how busy your brain is and how much it holds on to troublesome thoughts.

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    Also I test horribly when I'm anxious because I can't divert my thought processes towards things that are inconsequential to me in that moment (e.g. the test itself)
     
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    I think anxiety comes partly from being aware of whats going on around you. The more aware you are the more intelligent etc...
     
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    [MENTION=6917]sprinkles[/MENTION] long time no see. Ithought I would tell you the rubics cube record for solving one has been broken recently.
     
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    Yeah, 5.25 seconds. I'm still annoyed that I have a hard time doing it in less than 30 -.-
     
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    IDK about that... what about being more aware of the good things going on around you, the good feelings, the affections between various people? Perhaps an imbalanced awareness is why these empaths are suffering...

    A person with a really high IQ can despair in the now or utilize his knowledge into a more creative route for a more positive future. Yet it is more than that. This person is burdened by the fact that meaning of life cannot be logically deduced and must come to grips with the fact that it is personal and abstract. This person knows his life is meaningless and cannot figure how to simply believe it has meaning like so many others do. A life without meaning isn't exactly anxious but it is empty and lost. Then again, maybe it is easier to see your world as meaningless than to face a reality full of meaning with all the wrong answers and full of disappointment.
     
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    Perhaps.
    Related to empaths though. I think a lot of it has to do with what is chosen to be focused on.
     
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    Thinking about this more carefully, I didn't consider that assumptions about awareness are narrow. There are many people who are aware of many things at once, but don't experience anxiety. So, the question is what separates those who are anxious because of their awareness and those who aren't. Maybe that research would be more useful or fruitful, in helping people understand how to better manage anxiety. Just a note though: anxiety is not something you can just wish away because someone is being "too emotional" even if it's an irrational fear. And anyone who offers a simplified answer to anxiety should be flogged because it's something that doesn't just go away when you tell yourself "to stop worrying" although it can be managed. However, misguided advice such as "don't worry or it's not that big of a deal" usually don't help. Also depends on the person's circumstances. If someone is being unnecessarily stressed or pressured in their environment, then this will only heighten the anxiety. Remaining cool, calm, and collected is not always an option. Most of the time, those with anxiety need understanding not pity, judgments or dismissals. Also, our world is so impatient today. Anyone needing time to process even large amounts of information for any length of time, is treated as a casualty or dead weight. Yet, if people are willing to wait just a little, that person can be a unique resource for getting things done in ways others can't.
     
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    I agree with what is stated in the article. However, the journey of an empath and diagnosing an empath is a tricky matter because of the symptoms being interpreted to signal social or any form of anxiety that the article refers to - meaning the significance of empaths are not understood in the western culture. In shamanic societies and ethnic cultures - empathic nature is observed and understood without any medical interference and list of tests and seen as a "call" for spiritual development.

    I believe that most of INFJs are EMPATHS - not all, but great majority from my own observations and my personal experiences. But like all "gifts" - whether a person is aware and trust the gift and develop it or be afraid of the gift and see it as an "ailment" of some sort because it is not accepted and understood in the culture we live in. The potential for an empath is high in regards to healing, helping and understanding and giving understanding - in which case many become altruistic healers and energy workers.

    Young INFJs should do research and understand empathic abilities and how it will shape and influence their social standing in the world. It will be an unusual position of being relied upon but also misunderstood - the paradoxical nature of having a "gift" that is being used or not used to help or hinder. Like all abilities; it will only blossom once the individual accepts it's tendencies and uses. Empaths are also not channelers or psychics - empathic abilities is a higher octave of intuition that intrinsically affects one's ability to connect and understand in interpersonal relationships. Because of this; i feel that infjs NEED to work or help in relation to other people - no matter the desire for solitary growth - it is apparent that if an infj is empathic; the gift should not be used for self serving reasons. It is also obvious that empaths will have a very different type of relations with others because of the acute awareness and understanding of another's motivation - making relationships a difficult and challenging aspect of their lives.
     
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    For those who want to understand a little more about Empaths:

    What is an empath?


    Being an empath is when you are affected by other people’s energies, and have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others. Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, and moods. Being an empath is much more than being highly sensitive and it’s not just limited to emotions. Empaths can perceive physical sensitivities and spiritual urges, as well as just knowing the motivations and intentions of other people. You either are an empath or you aren’t. It’s not a trait that is learned. You are always open, so to speak, to process other people’s feelings and energy, which means that you really feel, and in many cases take on the emotions of others. Many empaths experience things like chronic fatigue, environmental sensitivities, or unexplained aches and pains daily. These are all things that are more likely to be contributed to outside influences and not so much yourself at all. Essentially you are walking around in this world with all of the accumulated karma, emotions, and energy from others.
    Empaths are often quiet achievers. They can take a while to handle a compliment for they’re more inclined to point out another’s positive attributes. They are highly expressive in all areas of emotional connection, and talk openly, and, at times quite frankly. They may have few problems talking about their feelings if another cares to listen (regardless of how much they listen to others).


    However, they can be the exact opposite: reclusive and apparently unresponsive at the best of times. They may even appear ignorant. Some are very good at “blocking out” others and that’s not always a bad thing, at least for the learning empath struggling with a barrage of emotions from others, as well as their own feelings.
    Empaths have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them. This can cause empaths to ignore their own needs. In general an empath is non-violent, non-aggressive and leans more towards being the peacemaker. Any area filled with disharmony creates an uncomfortable feeling in an empath. If they find themselves in the middle of a confrontation, they will endeavor to settle the situation as quickly as possible, if not avoid it all together. If any harsh words are expressed in defending themselves, they will likely resent their lack of self-control, and have a preference to peacefully resolve the problem quickly.


    Empaths are more inclined to pick up another’s feelings and project it back without realizing its origin in the first place. Talking things out is a major factor in releasing emotions in the learning empath. Empaths can develop an even stronger degree of understanding so that they can find peace in most situations. The downside is that empaths may bottle up emotions and build barriers sky-high so as to not let others know of their innermost thoughts and/or feelings. This withholding of emotional expression can be a direct result of a traumatic experience, an expressionless upbringing, or simply being told as a child, “Children are meant to be seen and not heard!”
    Without a doubt, this emotional withholding can be detrimental to one’s health, for the longer one’s thoughts and/or emotions aren’t released, the more power they build. The thoughts and/or emotions can eventually becoming explosive, if not crippling. The need to express oneself honestly is a form of healing and a choice open to all. To not do so can result in a breakdown of the person and result in mental/emotional instability or the creation of a physical ailment, illness or disease.


    Empaths are sensitive to TV, videos, movies, news and broadcasts. Violence or emotional dramas depicting shocking scenes of physical or emotional pain inflicted on adults, children or animals can bring an empath easily to tears. At times, they may feel physically ill or choke back the tears. Some empaths will struggle to comprehend any such cruelty, and may have grave difficulty in expressing themselves in the face of another’s ignorance, closed-mindedness and obvious lack of compassion. They simply cannot justify the suffering they feel and see.
    You will find empaths working with people, animals or nature with a true passion and dedication to help them. They are often tireless teachers and/or caretakers for our environment and all within it. Many volunteers are empathic and give up personal time to help others without pay and/or recognition.
    Empaths may be excellent storytellers due to an endless imagination, inquisitive minds and ever-expanding knowledge. They can be old romantics at heart and very gentle. They may also be the “keepers” of ancestral knowledge and family history. If not the obvious family historians, they may be the ones who listen to the stories passed down and possess the majority of the family history. Not surprisingly, they may have started or possess a family tree.


    They have a broad interest in music to suit their many expressive temperaments, and others can query how empaths can listen to one style of music, and within minutes, change to something entirely different. Lyrics within a song can have adverse, powerful effects on empaths, especially if it is relevant to a recent experience. In these moments, it is advisable for empaths to listen to music without lyrics, to avoid playing havoc with their emotions!
    They are just as expressive with body language as with words, thoughts, and feelings. Their creativity is often expressed through dance, acting, and bodily movements. Empaths can project an incredible amount of energy portraying and/or releasing emotion. Empaths can become lost in the music, to the point of being in a trance-like state; they become one with the music through the expression of their physical bodies. They describe this feeling as a time when all else around them is almost non-existent.


    People of all walks of life and animals are attracted to the warmth and genuine compassion of empaths. Regardless of whether others are aware of one being empathic, people are drawn to them as a metal object is to a magnet!
    Even complete strangers find it easy to talk to empaths about the most personal things, and before they know it, they have poured out their hearts and souls without intending to do so consciously. It is as though on a sub-conscious level that person knows instinctively that empaths would listen with compassionate understanding. Then again, for empaths, it is always nice to actually be heard themselves!
    Here are the listeners of life. They can be outgoing, bubbly, enthusiastic and a joy to be in the presence of, as well as highly humorous at the most unusual moments! On the flip side, empaths can be weighted with mood swings that will have others around them want to jump overboard and abandon ship! The thoughts and feelings empaths receive from any and all in their life can be so overwhelming (if not understood) that their moods can fluctuate with lightning speed. One moment they may be delightfully happy and with a flick of the switch, miserable.


    Abandoning an empath in the throes of alternating moods can create detrimental effects. A simple return of empathic love–listening and caring compassionately without bias, judgment and/or condemnation–can go an incredibly long way to an empath’s instant recovery. Many empaths don’t understand what is occurring within them. They literally have no idea that another person’s emotions are now felt, as one’s own and reflected outwardly. They are confused as to how one moment all was well, and then the next, they feel so depressed, alone, etc. The need to understand the possibilities of empath connection is a vital part of the empaths journey for themselves and for those around them.
    Empaths are often problem solvers, thinkers, and studiers of many things. As far as empaths are concerned, where a problem is, so too is the answer. They often will search until they find one – if only for peace of mind. This can certainly prove beneficial for others in their relationships, in the workplace, or on the home front. Where there is a will, there is a way and the empath will find it. The empath can literally (likely without the knowledge of what’s actually occurring) tap into Universal Knowledge and be receptive to guidance in solving anything they put their head and hearts into.


    Empaths often are vivid and/or lucid dreamers. They can dream in detail and are inquisitive of dream content. Often they feel as though the dreams are linked to their physical life somehow, and not just a mumble of nonsensical, irrelevant, meaningless images. This curiosity will lead many empathic dreamers to unravel some of the “mysterious” dream contents from an early age and connect the interpretation to its relevance in their physical life. If not, they may be led to dream interpretations through other means.
    Empaths are daydreamers with difficulty keeping focused on the mundane. If life isn’t stimulating, off an empath will go into a detached state of mind. They will go somewhere, anywhere, in a thought that appears detached from the physical reality, yet is alive and active for they really are off and away. If a tutor is lecturing with little to no emotional input, empaths will not be receptive to such teaching and can (unintentionally) drift into a state of daydreaming.
    Give the empath student the tutor who speaks with stimuli and emotion (through actual experience of any given subject) and the empath is receptively alert. Empaths are a captivated audience. This same principle applies in acting. An actor will either captivate the audience through expressing (in all aspects) emotions (as though they really did experience the role they are portraying) or will loose them entirely. Empaths make outstanding actors.


    Empaths frequently experience déjà vu and synchronicities. What may initially start as, “Oh, what a coincidence”, will lead to the understanding of synchronicities as an aspect of who they are. These synchronicities will become a welcomed and continually expanding occurrence. As an understanding of self grows, the synchronicities become more fluent and free flowing. The synchronicities can promote a feeling of euphoria as empaths identify with them and appreciate the connection to their empathic nature.
    Empaths are most likely to have had varying paranormal experiences throughout their lives. NDE’s (Near death experiences) and or OBE’s (Out of body experiences) can catapult an unaware empath into the awakening period and provide the momentum for a journey of discovery. Those who get caught up in life, in society’s often dictating ways, in work etc., can become lost in a mechanical way of living that provides very little meaning. All “signs of guidance” are ignored to shift out of this state of “doing”. A path to being whole again becomes evident and a search for more meaning in one’s life begins.
    These types of experiences appear dramatic, can be life-altering indeed, and are most assuredly just as intensely memorable in years to come. They are the voice of guidance encouraging us to pursue our journey in awareness. Sometimes, some of us require that extra assistance!
    For some empaths, the lack of outside understanding towards paranormal events they experience, may lead to suppressing such abilities. (Most of these abilities are very natural and not a coincidence.) Empaths may unknowingly adopt the positive or negative attitude of others as their own. (This, however, can be overcome.) Empaths may need to follow interests in the paranormal and the unexplained with curiosity so as to explain and accept their life circumstances.


    Here are 30 of the most common traits:


    1. Knowing: Empaths just know stuff, without being told. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing. The more attuned they are the stronger this gift becomes.
    2. Being in public places can be overwhelming: Places like shopping malls, supermarkets or stadiums where there are lots of people around can fill the empath with turbulently vexed emotions that are coming from others.
    3. Feeling others emotions and taking them on as your own: This is a huge one for empaths. To some they will feel emotions off those near by and with others they will feel emotions from those a vast distance away, or both. The more adept empath will know if someone is having bad thoughts about them, even from great distance.
    4. Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV is unbearable: The more attuned an empath becomes the worse it is and may make it so they eventually have to stop watching TV and reading newspapers altogether.
    5. You know when someone is not being honest: If a friend or a loved one is telling you lies you know it (although many empaths try not to focus on this because knowing a loved one is lying can be painful). Or if someone is saying one thing but feeling/thinking another, you know.
    6. Picking up physical symptoms off another: An empath will almost always develop the ailments off another (colds, eye infections, body aches and pains) especially those they’re closest to, somewhat like sympathy pains.
    7. Digestive disorders and lower back problems: The solar plexus chakra is based in the centre of the abdomen and it’s known as the seat of emotions. This is where empaths feel the incoming emotion of another, which can weaken the area and eventually lead to anything from stomach ulcers to IBS (too many other conditions to list here). Lower back problems can develop from being ungrounded (amongst other things) and one, who has no knowledge of them being an empath, will almost always be ungrounded.
    8. Always looking out for the underdog: Anyone whose suffering, in emotional pain or being bullied draws an empath’s attention and compassion.
    9. Others will want to offload their problems on you, even strangers: An empath can become a dumping ground for everyone else’s issues and problems, which, if they’re not careful can end up as their own.
    10. Constant fatigue: Empaths often get drained of energy, either from energy vampires or just taking on too much from others, which even sleep will not cure. Many get diagnosed with ME.
    11. Addictive personality: Alcohol, drugs, sex, are to name but a few addictions that empaths turn to, to block out the emotions of others. It is a form of self protection in order to hide from someone or something.
    12. Drawn to healing, holistic therapies and all things metaphysical: Although many empaths would love to heal others they can end up turning away from being healers (even though they have a natural ability for it), after they’ve studied and qualified, because they take on too much from the one they are trying to heal. Especially if they are unaware of their empathy. Anything of a supernatural nature is of interest to empaths and they don’t surprise or get shocked easily. Even at the revelation of what many others would consider unthinkable, for example, empaths would have known the world was round when others believed it was flat.
    13. Creative: From singing, dancing, acting, drawing or writing an empath will have a strong creative streak and a vivid imagination.
    14. Love of nature and animals: Being outdoors in nature is a must for empaths and pets are an essential part of their life.
    15. Need for solitude: An empath will go stir-crazy if they don’t get quiet time. This is even obvious in empathic children.
    16. Gets bored or distracted easily if not stimulated: Work, school and home life has to be kept interesting for an empath or they switch off from it and end up daydreaming or doodling.
    17. Finds it impossible to do things they don’t enjoy: As above. Feels like they are living a lie by doing so. To force an empath to do something they dislike through guilt or labelling them as idle will only serve in making them unhappy. It’s for this reason many empaths get labelled as being lazy.
    18. Strives for the truth: This becomes more prevalent when an empath discovers his/her gifts and birthright. Anything untruthful feels plain wrong.
    19. Always looking for the answers and knowledge: To have unanswered questions can be frustrating for an empath and they will endeavour to find an explanation. If they have a knowing about something they will look for confirmation. The downside to this is an information overload.
    20. Likes adventure, freedom and travel: Empaths are free spirits.
    21. Abhors clutter: It makes an empath feel weighed down and blocks the flow of energy.
    22. Loves to daydream: An empath can stare into space for hours, in a world of their own and blissfully happy.
    23. Finds routine, rules or control, imprisoning: Anything that takes away their freedom is debilitating to an empath even poisoning.
    24. Prone to carry weight without necessarily overeating: The excess weight is a form of protection to stop the negative incoming energies having as much impact.
    25. Excellent listener: An empath won’t talk about themselves much unless it’s to someone they really trust. They love to learn and know about others and genuinely care.
    26. Intolerance to narcissism: Although kind and often very tolerant of others, empaths do not like to be around overly egotistical people, who put themselves first and refuse to consider another’s feelings or points of view other than their own.
    27. The ability to feel the days of the week: An empath will get the ‘Friday Feeling’ if they work Fridays or not. They pick up on how the collective are feeling. The first couple of days of a long, bank holiday weekend (Easter for example) can feel, to them, like the world is smiling, calm and relaxed. Sunday evenings, Mondays and Tuesdays, of a working week, have a very heavy feeling.
    28. Will not choose to buy antiques, vintage or second-hand: Anything that’s been pre-owned carries the energy of the previous owner. An empath will even prefer to have a brand new car or house (if they are in the financial situation to do so) with no residual energy.
    29. Sense the energy of food: Many empaths don’t like to eat meat or poultry because they can feel the vibrations of the animal (especially if the animal suffered), even if they like the taste.
    30. Can appear moody, shy, aloof, disconnected: Depending on how an empath is feeling will depend on what face they show to the world. They can be prone to mood swings and if they’ve taken on too much negative will appear quiet and unsociable, even miserable. An empath detests having to pretend to be happy when they’re sad, this only adds to their load (makes working in the service industry, when it’s service with a smile, very challenging) and can make them feel like scuttling under a stone.
    If you can say yes to most or all of the above then you are most definitely an empath.
    Empaths are having a particularly difficult time at the present time, picking up on all the negative emotions that are being emanated into the world from the populace.
     
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    The anxiety is triggered by external stimuli - in most cases others emotions and desires and feelings. Environment and where an empath hangs out will determine the anxiety being induced.

    few factors determine anxiety for most empaths:

    1. For internal anxiety to manifest - the individual is going AGAINST their intuition. For empaths their intuition is their compass. Going against their inner intuition means the empath is exposing themselves to elements and situations that create disharmony. Panic attacks are an indication of being in the wrong place/situation that will not serve the empath positively in the long run.

    2. Empaths that are damaged by emotional trauma and never healed will carry around "anxiety" masked in various emotional cloakings - and will get triggered as well by events and situations that resemble the initial trauma.

    3. Complete lack of emotional expression - repression of emotions leads to repression of ni as well - creating a negative loophole of psyhological misunderstanding and misdiagnosis of their "burning" emotions that is being repressed - eventually manifesting as a physical ailments as the body signals for rebalancing

    4. lack of acceptance and understanding in a larger societal perspective - the culture of always "categorizing" people's emotions and feelings into "disorders" - further creating a paranoid and illness related mantras from media, medical professionals and so called 'psychiatrists' - giving negative impressions on empathic gifts

    5. lastly the worst cause of all - imho - psychiatric drugs that inhibit natural Ni expression - reduction and control of dopamine levels via psychotic drugs will severely inhibit intuition development much less empathic development - mainly seen in adolscents that are given drugs to control ADD and ADHD - intuition is repressed; cutting off the connection to the spiritual and heavy reliance on drugs to "feel". The fabricated "feeling" are not the same as empathic or intuitive feelings as drug induced feelings are completely dependent on the individual not having access to their higher spiritual directives - which is an important part of empathic ability. This repression will also inhibit creative development of all types.
     
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    Anxiety is mostly a matter of confidence for me. Confidence is, in part, a matter of experience. Experience is a matter of putting yourself in uncomfortable situations and then proving to yourself that your fears are unjustified. This can only be done in a safe environment and not in a home or environment where your insecurities will easily be taken advantage of because then your fears would only be proven to be true.
     
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    Well the thing is that it didn't say everyone is like that, it implies that it is more likely.

    Being more aware does not automatically mean more anxiety, it means more chances to have things to be anxious about because the person can catch things that others would miss, and those who miss things can't fret about them.
     
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    This is mostly bullshit.

    It starts by listing a bunch of random science things about anxiety. Anxiety makes you good at sensing danger and whatever, whoa.

    But then it made a little switch with words to talk about new age stuff.

    Those aren't the same thing. And brains don't work like that.
     
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    I think people who are empathic to the point of having psychic abilities or even psychic abilities on a subconscious level (which one could argue is what intuition actually is), would see the level of possibilities at a higher level.
    Meaning, what could happen may or may not but some part of their psyche is aware that it could happen a certain way to a level of sensitivity of knowing that it could cause them to be severely anxious I would think.
    Just one possibility I see.
     
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