Are You an Empath? (With Quiz!)

Posted May 13, 2014 in Empath Empowerment

People often assume that an ‘empath’ is someone who feels empathy for others. Yet, being an empath is actually much more complicated than simply feeling compassion for another. An empath is someone who can actually feel, in his body, what other people around him are feeling. 

Empath’s receive this psychic information directly through the body–often through the 2nd chakra, the emotional center.

Empath’s are highly emotionally intelligent and extremely energetically sensitive. When I tell a new client that she is an empath, she often has never heard of the term. I let empath clients know that being an empath is an intuitive gift and a blessing. It gives them an incredible ability to step into the experience of another and “walk in his shoes”. Empaths are naturally compassionate, and amazing at helping other people feel comfortable. They are good communicators & great listeners These are skills that are extremely helpful for anyone who works in healing, management, teaching, sales or public relations. Konjac Sponge Puff With Mineral Rich French Pink Clay 1 Yet, empaths are also prone to burn-out, anxiety and depression. This is because often they do not truly understand, protect and care for their natural skills of sensitivity. Empaths tend to be just like sponges; they soak up free-floating pain, fear and desperation from their colleagues, friends and family. That is why, if you are an empath, it is important to “wring out” regularly. This way you have the ability to be clear, focused, inspired and energized for your own life.

Take the quiz below to find out if you are heart sponge..I mean empath!

Keep track of how many answers you score with a ‘yes’.

A Little Empath Quiz:

  • When I walk into a party I can immediately feel people’s moods and ‘read’ their non-verbal communication.
  • Other people feel comfortable around me; I am a natural counselor to my friends.
  • I sometimes attract energy suckers (emotional vampires or needy people) into my life because I am a compassionate person.
  • My friends think of me as considerate– someone they can lean on.
  • I am not always great at pacing myself in relationships and friendships; I often get sucked in too deep, too fast.
  • If I don’t take time alone to recharge, I find that I become very drained.
  • Making eye contact with certain people is an intense experience because I feel their unexpressed feelings, desires and attitudes.
  • I sometimes am self-conscious with others because I find I am aware of what the other person is feeling.
  • Sometimes being in small spaces with strangers, like elevators, can feel emotionally intense and cause me anxiety.
  • Sometimes I become anxious in large crowds or social events (games, weddings, reunions).
  • Sometimes I lose track of how I am feeling about a situation because I am so engaged with how other people feel about the topic.
  • I often identify with the characters in intense movies or books, which will effect my mood.
  • I avoid watching the news because I deeply feel the pain from the news stories.
  • I consider myself a spiritual person.
  • I often feel heartbreak for the pains of the world–devastation of the planet, pain of animals, injustice for humans, etc.
  • I want to help the state of the planet and its inhabitants, but often feel overwhelmed at the thought of it.
  • Sometimes looking others in the eye feels uncomfortable because it can be an intimate and personal experience.

If you answered ‘yes’ to 6 or more, you are an empath! If you answered yes to 9 or more, you are incredibly sensitive and it is a good investment in your life to learn about your energetic nature. Implementing strong self-care practices will protect and preserve your authentic energy so that you can live a vibrant life.


Some Empath Resources:

  1. My blog on How to Energetically Ground. Grounding helps us to stay strong and clear in our own reality instead of merging with others.
  2. It can be super helpful to learn a bit about the chakra system, to be aware of places that you are becoming energetically corded.
  3. My book, Authentic Intuition, is an amazing, comprehensive resource for empaths. Written because I myself became physically sick from my empath nature–I studied and trained with the best to learn how to keep energetically healthy. It is 120 pages of education, meditations and tools for good ‘energetic hygiene’.
  4. Stay tuned for more blogs in the coming weeks on energy cords and cord cutting. This technique is SO helpful for energetic clarity.

Leave a comment

  1. Chris warmbold
    Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
    I can relate to a number of the questions. I am feeling burned out from work and exhausted!! I seem to take on the weight of others problems and stays on my mind. Never ending. Recommendations?
  2. Giovanna
    Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
    Hi Elisa,

    How are you? Thank you for the Empath quiz. I am an Empath and I am surrounded by many emotionally hurt people at work (students); I am a teacher.
    Presently I am commuting 4 hours daily to work, working full time and taking 8 college credits toward Chemical Dependency Counseling. I am feeling overwhelmed and concerned. Would you be willing to share any healthy words of advise for me or any insight into next choices or self awareness.
    I think my third eye is trying to come through but it may be kind of blocked. Weird.
    Giovannna Alaimo
  3. Michele Tyler
    Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
    I don't know how to take this but, I answer yes for everyone of the questions above of a empathy. I've been trying to find me half of my life. I can step in a room feel people, see things, hear thoughts, it's so deep too one, but simple too me. I stay so tired so much I don't understand yet
    • Melanie Huss
      Thursday, May 29th, 2014
      I feel the same way as Michele above. I also answered yes to all of the questions. I got so sick from being around negative energy at my job of 10 years, that it almost killed me. I had to stop working and start working on myself. I really want to be able to not only help myself but help others change their perspective on getting well with spirit. I can't wait to read your book. Thank you for what you do!
  4. steven searight
    Friday, June 20th, 2014
    My name is steven and I was looking at your Interview tonight, I really would like to have a copy of your book on connecting with loved one. I did the test you had on being an empathy and I scored a 10 so far. could you send that book to
  5. Sylvia
    Thursday, September 25th, 2014
    I have had many of my family members come through to me and I have learnt much from them over the years. My mother died 4 weeks ago and I have been waiting for her but she has not come through. I talked to her just before she passed so that she wouldn't be scared and told and her that I would be waiting to connect with her. But nothing yet. I just don't understand,

    Thank you,
  6. Simona
    Saturday, April 25th, 2015
    Do I have a soul? I feel I am the soul!
  7. Erik
    Thursday, May 21st, 2015
    Thanks !

    Question about emotional empath !

    By looking someone in the eyes for first time, If an empath don't like or hate someone at first sight for no reason, is it mean "that someone" don't like the empath ?
    Mirror effect !
  8. pragash
    Friday, December 9th, 2016
    hi there, i think i am an empath. but i have clairvoyance and am telepathic too. what am i classified as.i hope you reply me.

    regards pragash
  9. Pamela ross
    Monday, November 19th, 2018
    I've always known I was an empath, I think I could relate to all of the empath quiz. It's overwhelming at times and I just have to seclude myself at times and most people don't understand that and take it as you're feeling some type of way.