We all know that empaths are people who have deep-rooted love and affection for humankind. They are super considerate beings who are always ready to extend a helping hand to those who need it. However, the other side of the coin isn’t as pretty as the first one. Everything has its negatives and positives aspects, and similarly, empaths do too. It’s not always rainbows and butterflies. As good as it feels to be supportive human beings, it’s emotionally draining, sometimes, even mentally.
Empaths are almost always surrounded by people who are struggling with tough situations. They are likely the only source of positivity in their own lives. They somehow attract negative energies as people in despair reach out to empaths for help. Sometimes it does get overwhelming for them because they are stuck in situations that demand them to choose between the right and the wrong. The most stressful aspect of this is the fact that they are not even allowed to lose their calm in these situations. No matter how others behave, empaths are always expected to have a composed mind and treat people with generosity.
The other thing that makes it tough for empaths is love. Yes, love. People are so used to receiving things from them that they initially forget that at the end of the day, empaths are human beings too. Just like every other person on the streets, they too want to be loved and appreciated. Sometimes an understanding heart gets tired and wants to be understood. This is one of the reasons why even though empaths might know a lot of people, they love staying all by themselves because it’s rare that someone will love them with the same intensity. So they don’t really keep their hopes high.
The dark side of empaths is also that they neglect their own mental and physical well-being for the sake of others. It makes them feel guilty for not loving themselves enough. They are selfless beings, and if there’s someone they truly owe an apology to, it is to themselves. They even go to the extent of placing someone else’s pressure on themselves just to comfort the other person. Sometimes people end up taking advantage of this quality of theirs. People often mistake their kindness for dumbness.
One of the many dark sides of an empath is that even though they are loving people, they can never completely fall in love with someone. They just can’t give someone every ounce of them. They constantly have a feeling that giving their all to one person will leave them with nothing to give to the world. This is the reason why a part of them is always hidden, like as if you’re seeing someone’s face through a thin film of coconut water. They are honest, but you will never know an empath inside out. They aren’t designed to place every part of themselves openly because they will see that it will get exhausted.
One of the lesser-known facts is that irrespective of how welcoming and calm an empathy is, they are at constant internal war. They are constantly trying to maintain the difference between their emotions and others. Often, when you hear negative things from others, you start to live their lives. This is the toughest part of being an empath.
So the next time you come across one, please, be kind.