Wow, this was information I already knew, but seeing it written out this way, is like reading about me.
Me = the Empath
Several of my abusers = the Sociopaths
Those who colluded, did nothing, don’t care = Apaths.
And it states clearly that the people who are not empaths — 60% of the population, who prefer easy lives – see empaths in PROBLEMATIC TERMS.
This is MY LIFE – people with no empathy – seeing me as the problem because they prefer EASY LIVES. I have been saying this for the last year – I see it ALL the time.
And how empaths withdraw from society because of all of this.
And there was me, thinking I am crazy, and I am not. It’s most other people with no empathy that DON’T GET IT – because their emotional intelligence is far lower. But, its EASIER for them, to label me crazy.
These extracts are from the link at the end of this blog post.
This part was interesting…
“There is the less-visible burden of sociopath-induced emotional trauma which, if left unchecked, can lead to anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Chronically traumatized people often exhibit hyper-vigilant, anxious and agitated behavior, symptoms such as tension headaches, gastrointestinal disturbances, abdominal pain, back pain, tremors and nausea.
Exposure to and interaction with a sociopath in childhood can leave lifelong scars. This can apply to people in therapy – and for those who in recovery trained as therapists, re-exposure as an adult can trigger old emotions and PTSD.”
(This is me now – distressed by the apathy around me to care about children and women’s protection).
“The empath. Often, the person targeted by the sociopath is an empath. Empaths are ordinary people who are highly perceptive and insightful and belong to the 40% of human beings who sense when something’s not right, who respond to their gut instinct. In The Emperor’s New Clothes, the empath is the boy who mentions the unmentionable: that there are no clothes.
In the 1990s, researchers suggested that there was a positive relationship between empathy and emotional intelligence. Since then, that term has been used interchangeably with emotional literacy.
What this means in practice is that empaths have the ability to understand their own emotions, to listen to other people and empathise with their emotions, to express emotions productively and to handle their emotions in such a way as to improve their personal power.
People are often attracted to empaths because of their compassionate nature. A particular attribute is that they are sensitive to the emotional distress of others. Conversely, they have trouble comprehending a closed mind and lack of compassion in others.
Very highly empathic people can find themselves helping others at the expense of their own needs, which can lead them to withdraw from the world at times.
It is odd. Most of us enjoy watching films and reading books about heroes who refuse to go along with the crowd, which suggests there is something admirable about people who make a bold stand.
But in real life, watching someone raise their head above the parapet often makes the rest of us feel queasy. Most – the 60% majority – prefer the easy life. It was interesting to discover, when doing the research for this book, how often people see empaths in problematical terms.
Empaths use their ability to emphasize and to boost theirs and others’ well being and safety. Problems arise for empaths, however, when there are apaths in the vicinity. Empaths can be brought down, distressed and forced into the position of the lone fighter by the inaction of more apathetic types round them.”
This blog was recommended recently by a therapist: