Are You An Empath? Take the Test!

Friends, do you believe you’re an empath? How much of an empath do you think you are? This quiz comes from a coach, who works with people, who have survived the abuse of narcissists. She obtained the quiz from a Judith Orloff book on empathy.

Record your “yes” or “no” answers on a sheet of notebook paper.

Empath Questions:

  1. Have you been labeled too sensitive, shy, or introverted?

2. Do you frequently get overwhelmed or anxious?

3. Do arguments or yelling make you feel ill or uncomfortable?

4. Do you often feel like you don’t fit in?

5. Do you feel drained by crowds and need alone time to revive yourself?

6. Are you over stimulated by noise, odors, or nonstop talkers?

7. Do you have chemical sensitivities or you can’t tolerate scratchy clothes?

8. Do you prefer taking your own car to places, so you can leave early, if you need to?

9. Do you overeat to cope with stress?

10. Are you afraid of becoming suffocated by an intimate relationship?

11. Do you startle easily?

12. Do you react strongly to caffeine or medications?

13. Do you have a low pain threshold?

14. Do you tend to back off in large crowds?

15. Do you absorb other people’s stress, emotions, or symptoms as if they were your own?

16. Do you feel overwhelmed by multi-tasking and prefer doing one thing at a time?

17. Do you replenish yourself in nature?

18. Do you need a long time to recuperate after being with difficult people or energy vampires?

19. Do you feel better in small cities or the country than in larger cities?

20. Do you prefer one-to-one interactions or small groups, rather than larger gatherings?

Four categories for what level of an empath you are:

If you said “yes” to 1-5 questions, you are partially an empath.

If you said “yes” to 6-10 questions, you have moderate empathic tendencies.

If you said “yes” to 11-15 questions, you have strong empathic tendencies.

If you said “yes” to more than 15, you are a full-blown empath!

I came out 14 or 15 (I have “sometimes” on one of the questions). Share your results, if you’d like!

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Conspiracy Theories – The Good & The Unhealthy

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed in the political and cultural realm that many people are accused of being conspiracy theorists. Sometimes it’s true, but from what I’ve seen, it seems most of the time, it’s used by people who want to shut up others who don’t agree with their worldview.

Historically, I’ve read that some conspiracy theories turned out to be true and factual, while others didn’t.

It’s good to do your own research on any news stories you find interesting but maybe question the veracity of their content. Critical thinking, an open mind, and objectiveness help in looking into any story that comes about in the news world.

But there is a dark side to going “down the rabbit hole” when digging into news stories and conspiracy theories associated with them.

I’ve seen people and even some friends who dig so deeply into those conspiracies, they can’t escape the ditch they’ve climbed into and end up being buried, their sanity shaken to the point of becoming chaotic and full of despair.

It can feel like a tightrope, where you can fall off on either side–one of total cognitive dissonance on anything put forth that is questioned by some, and the other, believing every oddity regarding a conspiracy theory on whatever news story.

Moderation and not allowing such stories to overtake your life, mentally and spiritually are of utmost importance.

Remember that these stories aren’t paramount to your survival on this planet. Rather, I believe, your health, your relationships with others, love of God and His creation (if you are a believer)–the last being the pinnacle of your existence–should be what you meditate upon daily and what matters in your life.

Keep a safe distance from getting overly emotional about certain serious news stories around the world, and turn to God in prayer. It is in my experience that this always gives comfort and peace to one’s soul.

With that all said, I believe one can question certain news stories and research them while keeping your mental and spiritual state in balance.

Case in point. My experiences.

I may question certain historical news stories revolving around wars and our national security, but that doesn’t mean I believe in:

  1. Aliens
  2. a flat Earth
  3. Lizard people
  4. Sandy Hook being a hoax
  5. Chemtrails
  6. COVID-19 vaccine is the mark of the beast

Just to name a few.

I think there is this mistaken belief by some that if you question a story our government gives, then you’re some kind of conspiracy nut. Last time I checked, all citizens are to question their government regularly. It’s part of being a responsible American in this country.

In closing, let’s not argue with each other and keep ourselves balanced in this chaotic world. It’s paramount to our sanity and survival.

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