The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

by Judith Orloff MD


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What is the difference between having empathy and being an empath? “Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain,” says Dr. Judith Orloff. “But for empaths it goes much further. We actually feel others’ emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have.” The Empath’s Survival Guide is an invaluable resource for empaths and anyone who wants to nurture their empathy and develop coping skills in our high-stimulus world—while fully embracing their gifts of intuition, compassion, creativity, and spiritual connection.
This practical, empowering, and loving book was created to support empaths through their unique challenges and help loved ones better understand the empath’s needs and gifts. Dr. Orloff offers crucial practices, including:
• Exercises to help you identify your empath type and where you are on the empathy spectrum
• Tools for protecting yourself from sensory overload, exhaustion, addictions, and compassion fatigue while replenishing your vital energy
• Simple, effective strategies to stop absorbing stress and physical symptoms from others and protect yourself from narcissists and other energy vampires
• How to find the right work that feeds you
• How to navigate intimate relationships without feeling overwhelmed
• Guidance for parenting and raising empathic children
• Awakening the empath’s gift of intuition and deepening your spiritual connection to all living beings
For any sensitive person who’s been told to “grow a thick skin,” here is a lifelong guide for staying fully open while building resilience, exploring your gifts of depth and compassion, and feeling welcome and valued by a world that desperately needs what you have to offer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622036578
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 105,629
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Judith Orloff

Judith Orloff, MD, is a leading voice in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, and intuitive development and a New York Times bestselling author. A UCLA psychiatric clinical faculty member, her books include The Empath’s Survival Guide, Emotional Freedom, Positive Energy, Guide to Intuitive Healing, and Second Sight. The Empath’s Empowerment Journal is the companion to be used with her books. Find more inspiration at Dr. Orloff’s website,

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Are You an Empath?: Introduction to Empathy 1

Chapter 2 Empaths, Emotions, and Health: How to Stop Absorbing Other People's Distress 29

Chapter 3 Empaths and Addiction: From Alcohol to Overeating 57

Chapter 4 Empaths, Love, and Sex 77

Chapter 5 Protecting Yourself from Narcissists and Other Energy Vampires 107

Chapter 6 Empaths, Parenting, and Raising Sensitive Children 129

Chapter 7 Empaths and Work 163

Chapter 8 Empaths, Intuition, and Extraordinary Perceptions 187

Chapter 9 The Gift of Being an Empath 207

Protection Strategies: A Quick Reference Guide 215

Creating Community: Setting Up Your Own Empath Support Group 243

Acknowledgments 247

Notes 249

Selected Reading 253

Index 255

About the Author 263

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