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Friday, May 19, 2017

Non-Fiction Friday: The Empath's Survival Guide by Dr. Judith Orloff

Ever heard of an empath? How about an overly sensitive person? This book is one of those rare self help books that actually does what it claims: Helps people.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Sounds True
Release Date: April 4, 2017

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 Dr. Judith Orloff “But for empaths it goes much farther 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 an invaluable resource to help sensitive people develop healthy coping mechanisms in our high-stimulus world—while fully embracing the empath’s gifts of intuition, creativity, and spiritual connection.

In this practical and empowering book for empaths and their loved ones, Dr. Orloff begins with self-assessment exercises to help you understand your empathic nature, then offers potent strategies for protecting yourself from overwhelm and replenishing your vital energy For any sensitive person who’s been told to “grow a thick skin,” here is your lifelong guide for staying fully open while building resilience, exploring your gifts of deep perception, raising empathic children, and feeling welcomed and valued by a world that desperately needs what you have to offer.

Summary: The Empath's Survival Guide is an introduction to the world of empaths, or if you're not into New Age stuff, The Emotionally Sensitive Person. Dr. Judith Orloff has spent years studying empaths, and claims to be one herself. The book itself is designed to help a person figure out if they are an empath and also to help those who aren't empaths understand what they go through and even how to help them.

Whether you believe in empaths or not, you have to admit that there are people out there who seem to be more "In Tune" with others' emotions. They may be the ones called Highly Sensitive, Bleeding Hearts, or any variation of. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially in today's world where being selfish or apatheic is becoming a way of life.

The Empath's Guide to Survival is a book designed help both those who are more emotionally connected AND the people who love them who may not understand just what is going with their highly sensitive loved one. I confess, I'm a big believer of others who have special talents or gifts, after all there is still so much we don't understand about ourselves and this book is a great introduction to the world of empaths.

Since I've only relied on internet articles (few as they are that are based in facts rather than imagination), The Empath's Survival Guide is the first book I've read that explains IN DETAIL about empaths, and even has some questions to help a person find out if they are an empath. Along with that there are strategies to help empaths deal with the sometimes (Mostly) chaotic world around them. That was what I found most helpful to me because yes, I do consider myself a type of empath and have for years I just didn't know there was a name for it other than names other people called me. Anyway, there are techniques that Orloff gives to help deal with things as basic as crowds (Which I'm not a fan of for several reasons including those listed in the book), to more complicated things like narcissists and "energy vampires," which we have ALL experienced at one point or another. I found each section of the book fascinating and informative. I've even started putting some of the techniques Dr. Orloff mentions into use, I'm rusty at it but it seems to be helping me more and more. However, the biggest draw about this book has been the easy to understand explanations that could also help others understand that when I don't want to go to the mall with friends or to the movies, I'm not being difficult, I just can't handle those environments very well. Or when I need a lot of alone time without any one talking to me I'm not being "stuck up," I'm quite literally recharging after a difficult experience.

The Empath's Survival Guide helps empaths understand that while there are challenges to overcome, the benefits are worth it.

Now if you're more informed about empaths you might find this book repetitive, I know that there are some sections that repeat what was said earlier in the book and that a lot of this information is just for the beginner, not the more informed person. Still it's an interesting and informative read for the open minded person.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Even if you're not an empath it may help you understand the empath in your life or help you later on if you encounter one. If you are an empath then definitely click it if you don't know much about yourself. It will help you in many ways. If you don't believe in empaths or overly sensitive people then move along, this book probably won't change your mind.

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