There is a lot of talk about empaths these days. Although some of the information claims being an empath is the same as being a psychic, that isn’t the case. I think being an empath basically means being a person with good instincts, empathy, someone who can see things from the perspective of others & also cares deeply about how other people feel. People with the INFJ personality type are known to be very empathic, & also the most frequently abused personality type.
It seems strange that someone who is good at spotting fake people like INFJs & empaths are would get involved with a narcissist, but it happens every day. Unfortunately it makes a lot of sense when you look at it.
People with a high degree of empathy want to help others & even fix them. Narcissists want people like this so they can take advantage of them. It’s very easy for a narcissist to abuse someone like this because the person simply wants to help them & see them happy. Narcissists can play the victim or shame their victim into believing they have done something wrong or abusive. Either way, if an empathic person believes the narcissist’s lies, they will do their best to make it up to the narcissist & do pretty much anything in order to please them.
Empathic people want a loving, deep relationship full of mutual respect, whether that relationship is a friendship, familial or romantic. Narcissists use love bombing as a way to lure a victim into the relationship, & this can mimic what an empath wants in a relationship. Narcissists read people very well. They pick up on subtle clues on what others want in a relationship, & present themselves accordingly. They also mirror the other person, which is mimicking that person’s morals, likes, dislikes, & even body language, to make the person feel close to them. Unless you’re very well versed in Narcissistic Personality Disorder, it can be extremely easy to feel close to someone doing this love bombing thing. I have fallen for it many times in my life in all types of relationships.
People with a lot of empathy don’t like conflict. Those raised by narcissistic parents feel this even more. In fact, we will usually find all kinds of ways to rationalize the behavior, in other words make excuses for it, to keep the peace. Narcissists use this in their favor to convince their victims that they were just being oversensitive, that never happened, it didn’t happen as they think it did, or that the narcissist had an excellent reason for doing what they did & the victim made them do what they did.
If you are an empathic person, it’s really a good quality even though it may not feel like it sometimes! Use your sensitive nature in your favor. Being empathic means you naturally have good instincts- pay attention to them. I firmly believe our instincts are the Holy Spirit gently trying to guide us in the right direction, which is why they’re always right. If you meet someone & something about that person doesn’t feel right, pay attention to that feeling. The truth will come out sooner or later- it always does- & you’ll see why you had that feeling.
Reign in your desire to help everyone. I know it can be hard, but remember- you aren’t God. It’s not your job to help everyone, only the people God leads you to help. Ask Him to help you discern who you should & shouldn’t help.
Also remember, although conflict is uncomfortable, sometimes it’s also necessary. Examine the situation closely. Has the other person accepted responsibility for their part as you have? Are you both willing to work together towards a mutually beneficial solution? If you can answer yes, this is good! That is how conflict should go! If however, you are the only one expected to make changes or the other person makes excuses or even blames you for their actions, this is a bad sign. Those are red flags that you may be dealing with a narcissist.
As someone with a great deal of empathy, you don’t have to be a victim. Keep learning about Narcissistic Personality Disorder & listening to your instincts. Ask God to help you identify safe & dangerous people, & to remove dangerous ones from your life. He absolutely will do this for you!