posted on May, 17 2011 @ 03:08 AM
Originally posted by Umbrax
Being empathic is having the ability to understand or feel the emotions of others.
Some people place empathy in with paranormal skills such as telepathy and telekinesis. Others say it is just an ability to read emotions in faces and
So what are your thoughts?
Is Empathy a paranormal skill or not, or is a mix of both?
It is an interesting topic. I think Empathy is a natural human phenomenon that manifest's itself in a quasi-paranormal way. For one thing most people
are not empathic. "Normal's" are nothing more then people who exist on the "normal scale". They can be in the middle, or lean towards
sociopathy(no conscience) or empathy(fully functioning conscience)
Normal people can have moments where they transcend the normal scale and either descend into a sociopathic state or ascend into an empathic state
and enter the sociopathic scale or empathic scale respectfully.
Because being an empath is not just pattern recognition alone. As sociopaths are arguably among the masters of pattern recognition as most are
capable of faking a conscience and conscience derived emotions altogether.
But some people(I suspect the numbers of Sociopaths and Empaths are relatively equal at 10% of the population each) are born Empaths.
That means regardless if we want it or not, our conscience is on all the time at full blast. To explain what this feels like, it is a V-Chip
in your brain. If you hurt someone else it will feel like you hurt yourself, if you see others in pain it feels like you yourself is in pain. The most
I can do to manage it is use a Clenchy mask like mask to dull my emotions(it often gives the outward appearance of being cold hearted, as a sociopaths
Clenchy Mask gives them the appearance of being warm hearted/normal).
Combined with my own natural predisposition towards pattern recognition(like I said above, sociopaths are more likely to be the masters of pattern
recognition, but they aren't the only ones) has caused me to have experiences one could describe as "paranormal".
For example: In my senior year in my one class this guy was trying to get into this gal's pants by flirting and what with her hard. Eventually
she brushed him off, turned around and smiled at me. In my head in her voice I heard "but I would ^&%$ you" as she was smiling at me. Over the years
I had similar like experiences but that one sticks out the most.
I doubt there is anything paranormal about it; I think it is a pattern recognition interplay between my subconscious, conscious and my conscience. I
suppose one could even argue that Empathy is as much a mental illness as sociopathy as it is a case of a person who isn't balanced. Too much in one
direction, not enough in another.