The Empath’s Survival Guide

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A book review of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff, MD.

A book review of The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff, MD.

Stars: *****

Sounds True (2018)
288 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: What is the difference between having empathy and being an empath? “Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain,” says Judith Orloff, MD. “But for empaths it goes much further. We actually feel others’ emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have.” With The Empath’s Survival Guide, Dr. Orloff offers a practical tool set to help sensitive people develop healthy coping mechanisms in our high-stimulus world―while fully embracing the empath’s gifts of intuition, compassion, creativity, and spiritual connection.

This practical, empowering, and loving book was created to support empaths and anyone who wants to develop their sensitivities to become more caring people in an often-insensitive world. It helps empaths through their unique challenges and gives loved ones a better understanding of the needs and gifts of the sensitive people in their lives. In this book Dr. Orloff offers crucial practices, including:

• Self-assessment exercises to help you identify your empath type
• Tools for protecting yourself from sensory overload, exhaustion, addictions, and compassion fatigue while replenishing your vital energy
• Simple and effective strategies to stop absorbing stress and physical symptoms from others and protect yourself from narcissists and other energy vampires
• How to find the right work and create relationships that nourish you
• How to navigate intimate relationships without feeling overwhelmed
• Guidance for parenting and raising empathic children
• Awakening the empath’s gift of intuition and deepening your spiritual connection to all living beings

For any sensitive person who’s been told to “grow a thick skin,” this paperback edition of The Empath’s Survival Guide is an invaluable resource for staying fully open while building resilience, exploring your gifts of depth and compassion, and feeling welcome and valued by a world that desperately needs what you have to offer.

The Empath’s Survival Guide

If you’ve ever wondered if you were an Empath or someone you know perhaps, this is the book for you. I was very impressed with this book. I read it because my daughter is super empathic and I wanted to get some advice for her on how to not let everyone’s emotions and experiences weigh her down.

The book discusses what an empath is and all the different kinds of empaths there are. Even if you aren’t sure if being an empath is a real thing, I recommend you read the book before you decide. HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) or Empath, it’s basically the same thing. The fact is some people do feel others emotions. I see it in my daughter and I see it in me. I struggled with it as a teen too until I learned to distance myself. This book can aid in that.

I like that instead of one section that’s all about how to protect yourself from absorbing others emotions and such, advice is given to each type of empath as well as a bigger section at the end. I found this book very informative and I will be having my daughter read it so she can put it into practice.

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