Empathic ability exists on a spectrum. Within this spectrum are three main categories of ability: High Sensing Person, Empath, and Clairsentient. Though they have similarities, each distinguishes itself from the others in subtle, but important, ways.
Here is a snapshot of empath abilities :
- High Sensing Person – High sensing individuals are able to take in and process external stimuli at a higher rate due to higher functioning brain waves. These people have sensitive hearing, sight, taste, smell and touch. Reaction to stimulus occurs at a greater frequency due to the stimuli only needing to be minor. Example : An HSP would find the flapping of moth wings behind a closed window to be irritating. As a result, they are more aware of the emotions of those around them since they read subtle clues like changes in body language and voice inflection.
- Empath – Those who are Empathic possess all of the qualities of HSP’s but are also affected physically by the energy of others in some way shape or form. They are magnetic to others and can often find themselves in unwanted situations due to others seeking their wise counsel. Those who are empathic can literally soak up the emotions and ailments of those around them. There are numerous types of empaths from animal to human to empaths who feel energy through a person’s handwriting. Empathic people often feel overwhelmed in social situations are require ample alone time to rest, recharge and reset.
- Clairsentient – One of the Clair abilities, clairsentient means “clear feeling”. Clairsentients have the signs and symptoms of HSP’s and Empaths while also setting themselves apart. Clairsentients is distinguished by physical symptoms manifested beforehand or in the moment. Example : A clairsentient may experience chills when they come in contact with negative energy. They also have the ability to discern where a feelings coming from and usually why they have the feeling. Clairsentients then navigate the feelings they experience to decipher the history behind those feelings with those living or dead.