I'm new to this site, but that's what I thought to when I read it. I thought that because I am one as well and have been since as far back as I can remember. I can remember back when I was very young, like 4 or 5, I ALWAYS knew right away when I met someone, if their intentions were good or bad - same with their character and integrity. And while I was a shy child who would never discuss that, well mainly because I didn't know HOW to at that young age, I ALWAYS thought EVERYBODY was like that - I thought THAT was normal until I got a little older, like closer to 20 and I started realizing, NOT TOO MANY people I knew WERE like me, as in an empath. It's very taxing and draining on one's spirit though to be an empath if you don't learn to control the flow, and you don't clear that energy from your person. I take a Sea Salt bath EVERY NIGHT to clear what's left over from others. If I DON'T get a Sea Salt bath - I can literally FEEL ALL of ALOT of different vibrations and they're usually negative, i'd know it right away from whoever I'd been around that day, whether I knew them or not. I'm one of those people THAT a complete stranger will come up to and just start telling me their problems. It USE to upset me because what would happen would be I would make them feel better with my words and my spirit, BUT THEN, I had to hold on to THEIR stuff til I got home or somewhere to clear it. I use to think it wasn't fair, but now that I know about the clearing of it and everything else that goes with that gift, it's not really an issue anymore, UNLESS I come across someone really ill intentioned, and I have, SEVERAL TIMES. Those who seem to possess a very strong power within themselves only they're not good people, so they use that so called strong will to manipulate and destroy others. When I'm in the presence of someone who is a REALLY REALLY BAD person, and yea, I do mean bad - because they're out there everywhere - but when I do come across one, my WHOLE BODY begins to tremble from the inside out, and it's quite noticeable. I've learned to take THAT as a sign to get away from them, because it's always been THAT KIND of energy that will bring an empath to their knees.Anyway, sorry so long, I just find it interesting to meet others who are gifted with empathy as I don't usually get the pleasure of doing that.