January 9, 2011

Highly Sensitive or Overly Empathic People

In her national bestseller, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, author Elaine Aron states that as many as one out of every five people are highly sensitive. And, no wonder! We live in an age when electronic information in the airwaves bombards us just about anywhere we go. We carry our cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices with us on a daily basis. Our energetic field is infiltrated with background noise. While most people are able to tune it out or turn it down, some people have a difficult time processing this vast amount of energetic impulses. As a result they may have anxiety attacks, physical pain, or feel constantly weighed down, tired, or drained. Some may have an undiagnosed illness or pain. I believe the condition known as fibromyalgia—chronic pain that can ruin people's lives—is a result of sensory overload or negative energy being stored in the muscles. Dr. John Lowe-Houston also correlated fibromyalgia with an underactive thyroid problem, which leaves sensitive people tired and overwhelmed. In other words, empaths with fibromyalgia or hypothyroidism can become even more energy sensitive! Many doctors will tell their patients that this fatigued condition is just “in your head.” But those doctors may not have considered how much our thoughts and emotions affect our physical health. Nor do they understand how repeatedly storing detrimental negative energy in the body and its surrounding energy field causes the vital life flow become blocked or stagnant.

It is especially important for empaths to recognize their own energy and vibration, but many are not able to discern what their own energy feels like enough to know when it has roamed into someone’s territory or when their own energy field is being violated. Most information you pick up from others is very routine or useless, so there’s really no reason to carry it around. There are exercises in my upcoming book, WHOSE STUFF IS THIS? Finding Freedom from the Detrimental Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those Around You, to help you learn to sense your own energy and let go of the rest.


  1. I was just diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and I have always known to be oversensitive and empathic to a fault. (my whole life) was I born with it? I would be the perfect candidate to study :)

  2. It seems that for men who show evidence of their mother having low in utero testosterone (short 4th digit), they are likely to develop an empathic nature. The resulting oversensitive nature can make life a negative battle rather than a positive challenge. It may be shown that mysterious diseases such as fibromyalgia and ulcerative colitis are a result of living in a battlefield.