Judith Orloff, MD, is a psychiatrist, intuitive healer, and New York Times best-selling author who synthesizes traditional medicine with cutting-edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Forbes, USA Today, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She is the author of the national bestseller The Power of Surrender: Let Go and Energize Your Relationships, Success, and Well-Being.
Are You an Empath? 20 Question Self-Assessment Quiz
An empath is a naturally giving, spiritually attuned, good listener whose nurturing nature can also lead to absorbing the emotions of stressful situations and people. To determine how empathic you are, take the following quiz from Dr. Orloff’s book The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People.
1. Have I been labeled as “overly sensitive,” shy, or introverted?
2. Do I frequently get overwhelmed or anxious?
3. Do arguments or yelling make me ill?
4. Do I often feel like I don’t fit in?
5. Am I drained by crowds and need alone time to revive myself?
6. Am I over-stimulated by noise, odors, or non-stop talkers?
7. Do I have chemical sensitivities or can’t tolerate scratchy clothes?
8. Do I prefer taking my own car places so I can leave early if I need to?
9. Do I overeat to cope with stress?
10. Am I afraid of becoming suffocated by intimate relationships?
11. Do I startle easily?
12. Do I react strongly to caffeine or medications?
13. Do I have a low pain threshold?
14. Do I tend to socially isolate?
15. Do I absorb other people’s stress, emotions, or symptoms?
16. Am I overwhelmed by multitasking and prefer doing one thing at a time?
17. Do I replenish myself in nature?
18. Do I need a long time to recuperate after being with difficult people or energy vampires?
19. Do I feel better in small cities or the country than in large cities?
20. Do I prefer one-to-one interactions or small groups rather than large gatherings?
To calculate your results:
- If you answered yes to one to five questions? You’re at least partially an empath.
- Respond yes to six to ten questions? You have moderate empathic tendencies.
- Responding yes to 11 to 15 questions? You have strong empathic tendencies.
- Answering yes to more than 15 questions? You are a full-blown empath.