Several months ago, I stumbled across a Tumblr entry about being an empath, and went, holy shit, that would explain so many of my stress and health problems. I hit every single point on all of these lists. So: I am totally an empath. A really, really crappy kind of empath. I mean, it sounds like a Dungeons & Dragons character class, but my point is, I soak up everyone else's negative feelings. I don't know how to shield myself, and I don't know how to dump my mental browser cache. I have no firewall, people.
In a similar blog post, we are told that empaths can... heal. I don't know about the laying on of hands and what-not, but I'd be willing to go with "make people feel better, in a non-Jesus kind of way."
So I'm fooling around instead of working last night, and for some reason, the Myers-Briggs personality test came up. I had saved my result somewhere, and I'm an INFP. Apparently this is statistically somewhat rare--1-5% of the population. And the Keirsey temperament of INFP is... the Healer.
After I had a couple of conversations on Twitter, I am starting to think that that's what "empaths" are--the INFP personality type. So, what I want to know is, how many of you are whichever personality type, and is there a correlation between the INFP type and empath-y?
So: here is your free personality test link.
Here is the chart matching up Myers-Briggs types to Keirsey temperaments. I mean, just to elaborate on the subject.
Depending on how much of this sounds like you, you may be an empath. Keep in mind: it's the unpleasantness that I recognized, not the special-snowflake psychic-healing business.
The first eight types (you may choose more than one if you're borderline)
The second eight types (you may choose more than one if you're borderline)
Correlation of INFP type with empath
Now all I have to figure out is what to do about the lack of firewall.
ETA: "Hey, you know those Myers-Briggs tests?"
MY MOTHER: "YES!"
"Wow, okay. So I took one again, I'd forgotten what I was, and I'm an INFP."
MY MOTHER: "YOU ARE SO AN INFP."
"See? I'm saying."
MY MOTHER: "I AM AN ENTJ! I am like the epitome of an ENTJ. And that's why I work in HR."
"Oh, well. Okay then."