Wish I’d had access to Empath’s Survival Guide years ago! Reading it would’ve saved me a lot of unhappiness, anxiety, and frustration. I had no clue why I was “so overly sensitive” as people would tell me. I couldn’t understand my fears about driving, walking through bright, cluttered retail stores, or my need to be alone to recharge my batteries. I’ve had more than one doctor say I had the most active nervous system they’ve ever seen.
I just thought I was weird.
Judith Orloff takes us through the curse and blessing of having “hyper-responsive mirror Neurons.” In other words, Empaths mirror others’ feelings and pain. We learn about the beauty of Synesthesia, a neurological condition in which two different senses are paired in the brain. The frustration of agoraphobia, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, chronic pain, allergies, and adrenal fatigue (a form of burnout). Emotionally, we may suffer panic attacks, depression, anxiety, etc.
The book also has a 20-question test to determine if you are an Empath. (I scored 18) Dr. Orloff gives us strategies on shielding from the stress of others, and on Grounding .“Visualize the tree’s roots growing from the bottom of your feet, rooting down into the ground, making their way deeper and deeper, a comforting sense of solidity.” Detoxing with water, and guides to meditation.
The chapter describing different kinds of Empaths was enlightening. For instance, some Empaths suffer from addiction like food or alcohol. Paths are provided to minimize the damage to our minds and bodies.
We learn about Energy Vampires, Drama Queens, Control Freaks, and Criticizers and how to control our response to them.
A particularly fascinating section is on Indigo Children. Indigos are a great new wave of children with more awakened intuition, sensitivities, clarity of purpose, and interest in changing the planet for the good. They’re often described as “old souls” who have a profound grasp of the human condition. Another guides us through accepting the parents that we cannot change.
There’s even a chapter on the best and worst types of work and professions for Empaths.
The Empath’s Survival Guide is just that. Whether you’re an Empath, suspect you are and wondering why you always seem to be out of step with the rest of the world, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
About the Author:
Dr. Orloff is a New York Times bestselling author who specializes in treating empaths and sensitive people in her Los Angeles based private practice. Dr. Orloff is on the psychiatric clinical faculty at UCLA. As an empath herself, she synthesizes the pearls of conventional medical wisdom with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, spirituality, and energy medicine. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, PBS, and in USA Today and The Oprah Magazine. In response to her work, The Los Angeles Times calls Dr. Orloff “a prominent energy-based healer.”