The 6 types of empaths: Which one are you?

Anne-Kathrin Walter
The 6 types of empaths: Which one are you?

You know that you are an empath, but do you know which type(s) of empath you are? In this article, we explain the six different types of empaths.

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What is an empath?

An empath is someone who 'absorbs and feels other people's emotions and/or physical symptoms due to their high sensitivities'. Consequently, this enables them to be excellent caregivers, friends and spouses. Moreover, their extraordinary ability to emphasize with all kinds of situations provides them with real superpowers. If you have recognized signs that you are an empath within yourself, you might wonder which types of empath you are. There are 6 types of empaths: emotional empaths, physical empaths, geomantic empaths, earth empaths, animal empaths and intuitive empaths.

1. The emotional empath

Emotional empaths have the ability to physically feel the emotions of other people. In fact, it may seem as if the emotions of others are contagious for emotional empaths. This can be related to the mirror neuron system: researchers found that a specific group of brain cells are responsible for the ability to show and feel compassion. Moreover, empaths appear to have hyper-responsive mirror neurons, which allows them to deeply understand and reasonate with other people's feelings and emotions. Hence, emotional empaths have a strong set of mirror neurons.

The downsides of being an emotional empath

One of the downsides of emotional empathy is that many emotional empaths lack the skill to protect their energy field from the emotions of others. Hence, they let in everything that their brain registers, causing them to feel easily burned out. In addition, emotional empathy can make it difficult to differentiate other people's emotions from your own. As a result, emotional empaths may feel confused about why they feel the way they feel and struggle to function properly. However, by learning how to protect your energy field and releasing stress that arises throughout the day, you can be a happy empath.

2. The physical empath

Physical empaths are empaths who feel and absorb the pain and symptoms of others. According to Dr. Judith Orloff, many physical empaths do not have the capability like others to screen things out. As a result, they often feel ill and get labeled with panic disorders, pain, chronic depression, fatigue and more. Learning how to ground yourself, to protect your energy field, setting healthy boundaries and letting go of pain from the past and from others can help you in getting rid of many of these symptoms if you are a physical empath. These free apps might help you with with some of these methods.

The downsides of being a physical empath

While it can be a wonderful gift when you are working in the medical or therapeutical field, being a physical empath can be truly exhausting and painful when you aren't protected properly. Some physical empaths are housebound or have been ill for years. Moreover, they dread to go outside because other people's stress, anger and pain drain them and cause them to be unable to function properly. Consequently, this emphasizes the importance of self-care and grounding for physical empaths.

3. Geomantic empaths

Have you ever found yourself happy at a specific place without know why? You might be a geomantic empath! Geomantic empaths are empaths who have fine attunement to the physical landscape such as a place or specific environment. Moreover, these empaths find themselves happy, recharged, or incredibly uncomfortable in certain places with no apparant reason. In addition, geomantic empaths find themselves deeply connected to specific places and feel drawn to sacred places, churches or other spiritual environments. Finally, geomantic empaths may pick up on joy, sadness or bitterness from a place, depending on what happened there.

The downsides of being a geomantic empath

The downsides to these types of empaths are that they may struggle to see that nature or a specific place is being destroyed. Moreover, it might even cause them to break out in tears. Their attunement with places is so strong that they experience pain when seeing a place they emphasize with being destroyed. In addition, understanding why a certain place causes such strong emotions can be challenging for these types of empaths.

4. Earth empaths

Earth empaths are empaths who are deeply connected with Earth and all its natural powers. Powerful waterfalls, sunbeams and moonlight can energize these types of empaths. Moreover, earth empaths are able to sense Earth's changes, such as changes in weather, astrological changes or changes in the ocean's tides.

The downsides of being an earth empath

While being an earth empath is a wonderful gift, it can be challenging to experience all the energies from earth, especially when something negative is going on. For example, when an earthquake or tsunami hits, earth empaths can sense it prior to the event and feel deeply upset. Moreover, some earth empaths may experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), because they are sensitive to weather changes and adjustments in the amount of daylight.

5. Intuitive empaths

Intuitive empaths are types of empaths who have a lot in common with emotional empaths, but who are able to distinguish between their own feelings and those of others. Due to the fact that they are so in tune with their inner state, they are able to understand which emotions, feelings or pains come from their surroundings. As a result, they manage to create a protective shield that enables them to separate themselves from other people energetically by choice. Because these types of empaths are so in tune with their own inner state, they are able to view things from a broad perspective and identify links between cause and effect. Consequently, this helps them to understand the emotions and feelings of other people and help these people to understand their feelings. Finally, this skill also allows intuitive empaths to take on caregiving roles such as being a therapist, coach or teacher.

The downsides of being an intuitive empath

While the intuition that intuitive empaths have is a great skill, it can be experienced as confusing when they are unable to differentiate between their intuition and a feeling. If they would treat every feeling as an intuitive hint, they would be all over the place, so it can be tough to distinct between what is truly a gut feeling and what isn't. Moreover, intuitive empaths know when they are being lied to, which can make it tough for them, as they don't have proof for it.

6. Animal empaths

Animal empaths are able to recognize what mental state an animal is in. As a result, they are able to positively influence the animal's behavior. Due to the fact that they understand the signals of the animals, they are able to be true animal-whisperers. These types of empaths feel deeply connected to animals, are often vegans or vegetarians, are more drawn towards animals than people and experience rather often that animals come to them.

The downsides of being an animal empath

Being an animal empath is a wonderful gift, but it can be tough in this meat-eating, animal-cruel society. Animal empaths struggle with the way society handles animals and experience therefore great pain when they see an animal getting mistreated. Consequently, animal empaths often try to change the world for the better by becoming activists and increasing awareness around this industry.

So, which type are you?

After reading this article, were you able to identify which of these types of empaths you are? Perhaps, you are more than one type? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Anne-Kathrin Walter
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Anne-Kathrin Walter

Co-Founder of HiSensitives
Anne-Kathrin Walter is a writer, social media expert and the co-founder of HiSensitives. HiSensitives is a personal growth brand for highly sensitive people and empaths. Many highly sensitive people and empaths still see their trait as a weakness, and HiSensitives wants to change that. Therefore, Anne-Kathrin and her partner Riny have made it their mission to make the world a better place for highly sensitive people and empaths. With HiSensitives, they want to inspire HSP's and empaths worldwide to invest more time in themselves and their personal growth.