Can you feel another person?

From Jesus was the greatest empath… 

Neuroscientists have discovered specialized cells in the brain, called mirror neurons, that spontaneously create brain-to-brain links between people. This means that our brain waves, chemistry and feelings can literally mirror the brain waves, chemistry and feelings of people who we are communicating with, reading stories about, watching on television, or those who we simply have in our thoughts.

We may think that our feelings and emotions are our exclusive property, that they belong to us and that we alone can feel them. However, emotions can easily pass from person to person, like infectious smiling. The way we feel can affect the way other people are feeling.


Some people are so highly sensitive, that they can start feeling the way other people feel. They can start experiencing other people’s feelings as their own feelings. Much of the time this is done unconsciously. 

People commonly put on a show of expression, hiding their true feelings and emotions. Sometimes, people are struggling to understand their own feelings. Highly sensitive people (or empaths) can sense the truth behind the cover and can help that person to better understand and express him/herself, thus making them feel at ease and not so desperately alone.

Friends ( photo by Squirrrel )

Traits of an empath

Empaths are often poets in motion. They are the born writers, singers, and artists with a high degree of creativity and imagination. They are known for many talents as their interests are varied, broad and continual, loving, loyal and humorous. They often have interests in many cultures and view them with a broad-minded perspective.

Empaths are often very affectionate in personality and expression, great listeners and counselors (and not just in the professional area). They will find themselves helping others and often putting their own needs aside to do so.


Empaths are most often passionate towards nature and respect its bountiful beauty. One will often find empaths enjoying the outdoors, beaches, walking, etc. Empaths may find themselves continually drawn to nature as a form of ‘release’ from other people’s feelings. It is the opportune place to recapture their senses and gain a sense of peace in the hectic lives they may live.


Empaths are often quiet and can take a while to handle a compliment for they’re more inclined to point out another’s positive attributes.

Empaths have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them. This can cause empaths to ignore their own needs or get overwhelmed and confused with everything they feel. To make empaths feel better, try helping them to restore their inner balance, re-connect with their own feelings and respect their own needs.


In general an empath is non-violent, non-aggressive and leans more towards being the peacemaker. Any area filled with disharmony creates an uncomfortable feeling in an empath. If they find themselves in the middle of a confrontation, they will endeavor to settle the situation as quickly as possible, if not avoid it all together. If any harsh words are expressed in defending themselves, they will likely resent their lack of self-control, and have a preference to peacefully resolve the problem quickly.

Empaths are often problem solvers, thinkers, and studiers of many things. As far as empaths are concerned, where a problem is, so too is the answer. They often will search until they find one – if only for their own peace of mind.


Can you feel another person?
Or do you know someone who can feel you?



49 thoughts on “Can you feel another person?

  1. Yes, me to a tee. Nice to see how I feel explained!

  2. Steve Morris says:

    I think you may have misunderstood mirror neurons, or read about them on some kind of pseudo-science website. They are related to empathy but there is no brain-to-brain interaction occurring. Mirror neurons don’t give us telepathic powers, they simply help us to feel empathy for others.

    • Otrazhenie says:

      Hm, I got a bit puzzled by your comment, Steve. What makes you think that this post has something to do with ‘telepathic powers’?

      In my view, this post is about understanding feelings and emotions of other people, which forms the basis of empathy. “Feeling” another person is very different from being able to exchange information with another person using “telepathic powers”.

      • Steve Morris says:

        Sorry, my mistake. I thought you were advocating some kind of new age theory about telepathy. It was when you said “brain-to-brain links” and “vibrational signatures”. And that picture of some kind of signal moving between two people.

      • Otrazhenie says:

        Actually, you are right, Steve. The wording of this paragraph is a bit vague. I’ll re-word it slightly to make it a bit clearer. Thanks for pointing that out to me. 🙂

  3. I wish I had more of these qualities…they are a strength.

    • jeanw5 says:

      We all develop empathy in our own time and in our own way. As Spirit tells me, when we are ready, it happens. Experience is not enough. We must learn from our personal life situations and accept that they are not all that personal. Anything that can happen to us can and does happen to others. Awareness of this reality develops a sense of community and oneness, from which empathy develops.

    • Otrazhenie says:

      A strength or a weakness? Hard to say. You might have these qualities too, but may be did not meet people yet, with whom these qualities would surface. I don’t think that empaths can feel all people. They probably can feel only those, who are ‘tuned’ in a similar way.

  4. malootka says:

    Reblogged this on truthionary.

  5. itsmeamna says:

    life makes more sense now. thank you.

  6. beapositive says:

    From one empath to another! Enjoyed your post and look forward to reading more. Thanks for reading my post!

  7. Some (perhaps few) of us are blessed with strong empathic abilities. I recall reading a research paper a while back which linked this trait/ability with (non-mainstream) emotionally sensitive beings. Such a gift!

  8. Sharing on fb. Thanks for the great post.

  9. Kate Spyder says:

    Reblogged this on Breathe In My Touch and commented:
    The science behind this is interesting, the reality even more so. The links at the bottom might be helpful to others which is why I’m reblogging. I’m finding it interesting how Empathy is appearing more and more in posts.

  10. Hi Otrazhenie, thank you for the great post. Most healers have a high empathy state as that is how they ‘sense’ what is happening around them. And if I can feel what is happening to someone at a distance, especially if it’s a loved one, then I most certainly do have a connection. If science wants to continually stick its head where the sun doesn’t shine through their own fears within, then I’m afraid science is going to be left behind also as we move into humanus empathus where the world is giving from that connection and not the power and greed that it currently uses. May your day be ‘connected’ 🙂 Namaste

  11. jeanw5 says:

    Whatever scientists may say at any given time, it is compassion that lets us feel another person’s pain, that may be hidden within. Anger and happiness are obvious to recognize. Compassion requires experience. We feel for others because we’ve been there, and our memory and the other’s pain resonate together. So, perhaps scientists can measure resonating energy.

    • Otrazhenie says:

      So true. As Elisabeth Kübler-Ross once said, “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Compassion and empathy do come with life experience.Thanks for your insightful comment.

  12. bkpyett says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed your post Otrazhenie, I do believe in empathy and supporting one another through thought. ❤

  13. B* says:

    Beautiful share♥
    Feels like I finally belong somewhere 🙂

  14. dliw canis says:

    Reblogged this on dliwcanis.

  15. CCKoepp says:

    Interesting description. Is it possible to be a cynical empath?

    • Otrazhenie says:

      What do you mean?

      • CCKoepp says:

        Well, you speak of empaths as being able to understand others better and feel as others do. Could that lead to cynicism rather than compassion for others? Just a question for the sake of curiosity.

      • Otrazhenie says:

        “Feeling another person’s feelings like your own” does not necessarily mean ‘understanding’, as feelings might not provide much information on what’s going on in another person’s mind. E.g., one might feel that another person is feeling angry, confused, sad etc, however might not know why.

        With regard to cynicism, I’m not sure what connection it might have with empaths.

      • CCKoepp says:

        I see. Thanks!

  16. pndrgn99 says:

    I think it’s important to talk about empathy. It is however a complex subject. I see three different things combined in your article: first, empathy; second issues with that relate to boundaries; and third, characteristics common to introverts.

    The first two of these are to some degree part of everybody’s life. People range from barely empathetic to very empathetic. Being an empath I have noted that many people do not wish to be read, and learned to think carefully and be cautious about giving information related to my perceptions to the people who are the focus of my perceptions. The failure to do this makes what the empath may think vital information , actually invasive. People drink, take drugs, or workaholics, and have a variety of other solutions to support their unwillingness to field their lives. Approaching them with less than careful consideration is as likely to shut them down further as anything else. Also empathy is not a psychic phenomenon. My guess is that it is enabled through the visceral perception focused in the solar plexus but I don’t know for sure. I only know that the greater the degree to which someone is not feeling their fear, pain, or sexuality, the more powerfully I’m aware of it.
    Just a few thoughts I hope they are of some value to you.

  17. nikeyo says:

    It appears that there is much research still needed to be done, but these mirror neurons don’t come as too much of a surprise.

    I’m a very empirical person, so to be honest all the “empathy” theories don’t interest me. The phenomenon itself, and the research do though.

    An awesome dig! Thanks for sharing.

  18. I’m an empath 🙂

  19. OthmanMUT says:

    What a great resemblance in word..

  20. Reblogged this on Willow Andreasson's Journey Into The Mysteries of Life and commented:
    This is a fascinating article, posted by the wonderful Otrazhenie, covering the gifts and abilities of the Empath – beautiful people with the ability to subconsciously tune into the feelings and experiences of another person. This resonates with me on a deep, deep level right now… a glorious study of human compassion and kindness. Thank you Otrazhenie 🙂

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