I write for a variety of publications and the most recent one I have got involved with is The Empath Magazine, which recently published it’s first issue which you can find here:
What is an Empath (HSP)?
According to researchers, Empaths, or HSPs, comprise about 15–20% of the population.
We are thought to process sensory data more deeply due to the nature of our central nervous system – quite simply… we are wired slightly differently!!
noun: empath; plural noun: empaths
A a person with the ability to perceive the mental or emotional state of another individual.
A Highly Sensitive Person
A highly sensitive person (HSP), has been described as having hypersensitivity to external stimuli, a greater depth of cognitive processing, and high emotional reactivity.
The sensitivity scale
5% of the population are Acute Empaths, or Acutely Sensitive People (ASP).These people frequently feel completely overwhelmed with the emotions of everyone around them and struggle to function in everyday society. Acutely Sensitive People really love helping others though, and will quite literally do anything for anyone, however they often can’t actually work in caring or helping jobs as the pain of others upsets them too much, and so ASP are very often solitary souls. I am an acute empath, which means for me much of my life is a real struggle – my story as an Acutely Sensitive Person will now be in issue two.
20% of the population are Highly Sensitive People (HSP). Although these people often have real challenges in life, and they often struggle with the world and within the world, they can however normally function most of the time, and in most situations, and because they really do care for others, and about other people, Highly Sensitive People tend to work as nurses, doctors, carers, support workers, therapists, healers, social workers, teachers etc., etc.
50% of the population are Averagely Sensitive People.They care about their loved ones, they help others and they give to charity now and then, but they are not affected that much by the world around them, or the emotions of others, and they don’t get overwhelmed with life as much as an HSP or an ASP would. Averagely Sensitive People tend to have regular, non-caring type jobs e.g. electricians, plumbers, accountants, truck drivers, administrative assistants, builders, shop assistants etc, etc.
20% of the population have Little or Low Sensitivity; they don’t care much about anyone other than themselves and what they can get out of life.They don’t do anything for anyone, they never give to charity and they emotionally separate themselves from everyone around them. These people are bankers who make as much money for themselves without thinking about the consequences for others, business people that
only care about pro t and who don’t care much about their employees, professional landlords that make their tenants live in squalor, Lawyers than defend the worst of the worst just for the money etc., etc. Sadly there are a lot of people in the world with Little or Low Sensitivity.
5% of the population have No Sensitivity – these are the psychopaths and sociopaths, criminals, mercenaries and extremists.They are nasty, cruel people that have no sensitivity, empathy or compassion for anyone. Of course these are just approximate percentages and rough guidelines based upon my personal experiences and conclusions on this subject, and of course there are empaths working as electricians and truck drivers (examples) and a lot of very uncaring, unkind insensitive people working in the caring industries!
Life for us isn’t always easy; we do struggle and we do most certainly have some real challenges in life. I have served in the Royal Marines and have gone from one end of the scale being closed off to my emotions, because I couldn’t cope with how it affected me as a child, to now where I am an emotional wreck some days for no immediately apparent reason. Having worked through the spectrum over the years and with some of the horrendous experiences I have been involved in and witnessed, I ended up struggling with PTS for years.
I found that being an empath was hugely beneficial at times in terms of being acutely aware of how the atmosphere of an environment changed, became menacing and aggressive even though nothing outwardly changed in the environment. I learned to pay close attention to these felt and not seen changes and on many occasions they saved my life and that of my friends. The key is learning to understand and accept that you are an Empath and secondly learning to control it and tune it to suit you in the environment and circumstances you are in.
So, whether you are Acutely Sensitive, Highly Sensitive, or just averagely sensitive, I do hope you find this article and the survey both interesting and, more importantly, helpful.
We are all unique… but some of us are a little more unique than others.