When it comes to empaths, it means we’re talking about people who can tell what others are feeling and even experience other people’s feelings and emotions. Being an empath is a blessing, and if you’re not an empath, being around empaths is an even bigger fortune. Empaths are definitely one of the best friends you could ever have, mainly because of their empathic ability which enables them to understand people better. They can read someone’s “body language and thoughts”, thus, they’re able to help you in a way that other people maybe can’t.
Furthermore, it’s a common thing that an empath connects closely in the field of psychiatry and psychology. Some people who are psychiatrists have been known to be an empath. It’s because they are passionate about reaching their hearts out to people. Especially, to help empath patients develop strategies to deal with their sensitivities for their better health, and to get rid of the feeling of exhaustion that comes from over-empathizing.
So, what are the common things that distinguish the brain of an empath from others? Why do some people have more empathic powers than others? Hence, from the book “The Empath’s Survival Guide”, Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist, explains five things that distinguish the empath’s brain from other people.
Electromagnetic Fields.(Empath’s brain)
When the brain and the heart are connected, it will release electromagnetic fields. Electromagnetic fields are known to pass on information regarding people’s thoughts and emotions. Thus, empaths tend to feel overpowered and sensitive by the changes in their physical and emotional responses.
Empathic people are also affected by the universe’s magnetic fields; thus, empaths also have a strong physical and emotional response to the universe. Empaths feel that the earth and sun affect both their “state of mind and energy” through the electromagnetic fields; thus, they’re more connected to the universe than other people.
The Emotional Contagion.(Empath’s brain)
Another way to distinguish an empath from others is through an emotional contagion process. This process involves the transmission of an emotional state of a person spreading their feelings to others. For instance, when someone is stressed out, these negative vibes will spread out all across the room, affecting compassionate people in there. In short, when you’re sad, empaths will feel it all the same.
In fact, researchers found that many people tend to pick up emotions easily from others around them. Studies also have shown the “synchronized moods” of emotional contagion is crucial to people’s interactions and relationships. By this, if a person is happy and positive, the happier you will be. So, the lesson we can get from an empath here is to be around people that give you positive energy, not the other way around. Hence, choose your friends or partners wisely.
The Mirror Neuron System.
We know that an empath is a compassionate person, right? Researchers have found a specific group of “brain cells” responsible for their compassion and thoughtful feelings. These brain cells or neurons allow everyone to “mirror emotions”. In other words, the mirror neuron system enables us to understand other people’s feelings, such as joy, pain, or fear.
Moreover, empaths are known to have a “hyper-reactive neuron system” because they can react to other people’s emotions really well. How does it actually work? These neurons are initiated by outside events such as when someone is happy, we are happy too, or when someone is crying, we feel sad.
So, what about people with no brain cells like this? In contrast, narcissists, psychopaths or sociopaths have “empathy deficiency”, so they can’t show compassion to others. As a result, they have no deep feelings for others and always take their priorities ahead of others around them.
A fourth thing that distinguishes an empath’s brain from other people is what they called synesthesia. Synesthesia is a neurological condition where two different kinds of senses are paired in the brain. For instance, you feel like you hear a melody when you see a colour, or you can smell words.
There is also a “mirror synesthesia” which enables us to feel the energy and emotions of other people like if they were in our own bodies. Surprisingly, two of the most famous people in the world who are synesthetes are Billy Joel and Isaac Newton.
Sensitivity to Dopamine.
An empath has an increased sensitivity to dopamine, experts say. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the body that elevates the levels of pleasure response that we feel. Studies have found that introverted empaths have more sensitivity to dopamine than extroverts, which means a little stimulation is enough to make them happy, while too much of it will make them feel overwhelmed. On the other hand, extroverts need to communicate and socialize to get that dopamine rush. It’s no wonder that this makes introverted empaths love to spend their time alone.
Well, those are the 5 things that distinguish the brain of an empath from other people.
Empaths can feel overwhelmed or may feel “too much” at some point because they are too thoughtful. But, if you know how to control your empathic powers, you will be in good shape.