The American Empath Association supports anyone who represents empathy, kindness, and compassion. We see this association as a way to connect with like-minded individuals and communally develop the terms, requirements, categories and definitions surrounding all things Empath.

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What is an Empath?

Empaths understand the mental or emotional states of others in a way that defies conventional science and psychology. Empaths have the ability to sense the feelings, thoughts, and energies of people, plants, animals, places, or objects.

In addition to sensing, Empaths absorb the energy of those around them. Empaths often experience stress or illness if they are bombarded by too many negative emotions. Empaths can also use their abilities to help others by imagining themselves in someone else’s situation and connecting with them on a deep level.

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AEA ACCREDITED Types of Empaths


Intuitive Sense

Are you a good listener and able to connect with others on a surprisingly deep level? Are you misunderstood for feeling “too deeply?” 

Strong First Impressions

 Are your first impressions often correct? Do you connect with strangers on a deep level? Can certain people change your mood just by walking in a room? 

Pick up the Energy of a Room

 Have you ever been to place and noticed the energy was different without knowing why? 

Connection with Animals

Do you have a deep connection and communication with animals? Are animals drawn to you?

Connection with Plants

Do you experience the awareness and energy of plants and feel their joy and pain?

Strangers Approach You

 Do people come to you with their problems? Are strangers unusually drawn to your energy? 

Drained by the Energy of Crowds

 Are you considered introverted or shy? Do you need to isolate yourself to recharge? Is your energy drained by large crowds of people? Are you overwhelmed by the energy of too many people in one room? 

Artistic and Creative

Are you artistic, creative and feel that you can tap into something larger through your artistic expression? Do you express your emotions though your art?

Easily Overwhelmed with Emotion

Are you overly stimulated by loud noises, people talking, or even strong odors? Does watching the news or sad/violent movies make you feel exhausted and ill? Does the idea of multitasking make your feel overwhelmed? Do you take longer than others to recover from emotional events?

Need to De-Stress in Nature

 Does nature help you unwind and feel balanced? Do you need to be near large bodies of water to feel rejuvenated? Do you have a strong need to be in nature to calm yourself?

Tap into Deeper Understanding

Do you ever feel that when someone says one thing, you intuitively know the deeper meaning even if they are struggling to make themselves understood to others?

Precognitive: Knowing that Events will Happen

 Do you experience premonitions in your dreams? Do you know about events before they happen?

Feel Other's Pain and Illness

 Do you absorb the pain, sadness, or illness of others in a strong visceral way? Is it painful? Are you ever confused if you are experiencing your own pain or someone else’s?

Drained by Certain People

Do you fear being engulfed by intimate relationships? Do feel an energy drain of certain people more than others?

Connect with Spirits

Do you connect with the deceased and supernatural?

Feeling Divine Connections

Do you feel a divine connection more easily than others? Do you feel that you are tuned into others' experience of  a higher power?

Feel the Energy of Objects

Can you feel energy from crystals, machines, or keepsakes? Have you ever experienced the energy of the whole world or the universe?

Caring for Others

 Do you care for others so strongly that you have a hard time caring for yourself?

Did you connect with any of those questions in a deep way? If so, then you are an Empath. Throughout your life, you’ve probably felt like an outsider or that others don’t understand you. Now is the time to find a place where people not only understand you but strongly relate to you. Review the information at the top of this page to decide which type of Empath fits with your experiences. We would love to welcome you to our AEA Family. Consider joining the AEA as an AEA Certified Empath or as an AEA Licensed and Certified Empath.

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