First, let’s walk through this process in slow motion, so we can see how it works.
Empaths are like a radio receiver: they pick up the “emotional signals” emitted by other people.
Some Empaths unknowingly tune into all the signals around them. Their trigger is always “on”. That means you’re listening to lots of high drama radio shows 24/7. Ouch! Makes it hard to sleep at night or focus on your job.
Other Empaths listen only to signal from specific people, like their loved ones. That makes it a little easier but you’re still liable to be overcome by sadness as you mom received bad news that you’re still unaware of.
Finally, an Empath can also pick up on specific events. When you touch someone or make eye contact, you’re more likely to accidentally tune into their emotional signal.
When you’ve tuned into someone else’s emotional signal, their feelings create an emotional activation within you that works like an echo: you experience their rage, their sadness, their confusion. It becomes yours too.
Once you’ve completed the connection with them, you let it go. You disconnect from their signal, the emotions flush out of you and it’s over. You’re back to being “just you”.