Being an empath means you pick up on the emotions of other people. Not the outward appearances, but the deep down inside emotions. Empaths are highly sensitive, but it is not just a sensitivity to surroundings, though that is part of it.
After the recent events in Newtown, CT, which is about an hour from where I live, I couldn’t hold it together. I felt the grief of the entire planet. It was exhausting. Of course, nearly everyone cried and felt such sorrow. We all got mad and we are demanding answers and action. There is a passion and it’s alive.
Some people are empathic to other people, or specifically to children or the elderly. Some are empathic to animals, or to plants. Some are a combination of all of the above.