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Practical Survival Skills for Sensitive and Empathic People Are you an empath? If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by noise and crowds, been put down for being too shy and introverted, or "caught" someone else’s bad mood, chances are you’re at least partially an empath. As an empath herself, Dr. Judith Orloff is uniquely versed in the challenges and opportunities facing people Practical Survival Skills for Sensitive and Empathic People Are you an empath? If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by noise and crowds, been put down for being too shy and introverted, or "caught" someone else’s bad mood, chances are you’re at least partially an empath. As an empath herself, Dr. Judith Orloff is uniquely versed in the challenges and opportunities facing people with extraordinary sensitivity. With Essential Tools for Empaths, she offers techniques, insights, and guided practices to help you overcome the most common pitfalls for empaths—while helping you develop your exceptional gifts of perception, compassion, and creativity. In this practice-based companion to her book, The Empath’s Survival Guide, she shows you how to: • Discover what kind of empath you are—and what your particular obstacles and opportunities will be • Stop absorbing physical and emotional symptoms from those around you • Manage the challenges of sensory overload, social overwhelm, and empathy fatigue • Protect yourself from narcissists, control freaks, and other energy vampires • Enhance your health, intuition, and spiritual life • Recognize and overcome the addiction issues empaths often face • Flourish in intimate relationships while maintaining healthy boundaries • Help non-empaths understand your needs and special abilities of perception • Find fulfilling work that supports your sensitivities • Raise empathic children in a healthy, supportive way "Empaths are pioneers of a new way of being for humankind," says Dr. Orloff. "We are in the midst of an evolution of human consciousness . . . and you are the path-forgers." Here she brings empaths an invaluable resource for learning to survive and thrive in an overwhelming culture—so you can fully shine your power in the world.


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Practical Survival Skills for Sensitive and Empathic People Are you an empath? If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by noise and crowds, been put down for being too shy and introverted, or "caught" someone else’s bad mood, chances are you’re at least partially an empath. As an empath herself, Dr. Judith Orloff is uniquely versed in the challenges and opportunities facing people Practical Survival Skills for Sensitive and Empathic People Are you an empath? If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by noise and crowds, been put down for being too shy and introverted, or "caught" someone else’s bad mood, chances are you’re at least partially an empath. As an empath herself, Dr. Judith Orloff is uniquely versed in the challenges and opportunities facing people with extraordinary sensitivity. With Essential Tools for Empaths, she offers techniques, insights, and guided practices to help you overcome the most common pitfalls for empaths—while helping you develop your exceptional gifts of perception, compassion, and creativity. In this practice-based companion to her book, The Empath’s Survival Guide, she shows you how to: • Discover what kind of empath you are—and what your particular obstacles and opportunities will be • Stop absorbing physical and emotional symptoms from those around you • Manage the challenges of sensory overload, social overwhelm, and empathy fatigue • Protect yourself from narcissists, control freaks, and other energy vampires • Enhance your health, intuition, and spiritual life • Recognize and overcome the addiction issues empaths often face • Flourish in intimate relationships while maintaining healthy boundaries • Help non-empaths understand your needs and special abilities of perception • Find fulfilling work that supports your sensitivities • Raise empathic children in a healthy, supportive way "Empaths are pioneers of a new way of being for humankind," says Dr. Orloff. "We are in the midst of an evolution of human consciousness . . . and you are the path-forgers." Here she brings empaths an invaluable resource for learning to survive and thrive in an overwhelming culture—so you can fully shine your power in the world.

30 review for Essential Tools for Empaths: A Survival Guide for Sensitive People

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Pershey

    This was EXCELLENT. Like, potentially life-changing. The only reason why I give it one less star is that even though Dr. Orloff acknowledges that there is such a thing as an extroverted empath, much of the book was directed toward introverted empaths. I think I can translate but it would have been helpful to have some extrovert-specific help. Reading this helps me to affirm that just because I'm super sensitive doesn't mean there's something wrong with me - and that's pretty powerful, considerin This was EXCELLENT. Like, potentially life-changing. The only reason why I give it one less star is that even though Dr. Orloff acknowledges that there is such a thing as an extroverted empath, much of the book was directed toward introverted empaths. I think I can translate but it would have been helpful to have some extrovert-specific help. Reading this helps me to affirm that just because I'm super sensitive doesn't mean there's something wrong with me - and that's pretty powerful, considering I've spent my life assuming there was something terribly wrong with me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This series was supportive and insightful for me. I found some powerful lessons, meditations, and thought-shifts throughout Dr. Judith's work. I appreciated hearing her perspective as a doctor as well as a highly empathic person. I think it's a worthwhile read/listen, but one that also requires us to sort through some iffy material along the way. There's some information in here about psychic abilities, for example, that I tended to zone out through. But there's also some grounded and encouragin This series was supportive and insightful for me. I found some powerful lessons, meditations, and thought-shifts throughout Dr. Judith's work. I appreciated hearing her perspective as a doctor as well as a highly empathic person. I think it's a worthwhile read/listen, but one that also requires us to sort through some iffy material along the way. There's some information in here about psychic abilities, for example, that I tended to zone out through. But there's also some grounded and encouraging information about boundaries, communication, and self-care, which has already inspired growth and change in me. So all in all, a lovely and appreciated guide.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kerianne

    I love Essential Tools for an Empath by Judith Orloff M.D.! The pace, tone and heart centered intention of this audiobook allowed me to relax and settle into my body easily. I’ve listened 3 times because the information resonates so strongly. The body grounding meditation and jaguar meditation have been especially helpful at this time. Thanks to Judith Orloff M.D.’s work, I understand myself and my experiences throughout my life. I’m realizing how much energy is spent buffering my sensitivity an I love Essential Tools for an Empath by Judith Orloff M.D.! The pace, tone and heart centered intention of this audiobook allowed me to relax and settle into my body easily. I’ve listened 3 times because the information resonates so strongly. The body grounding meditation and jaguar meditation have been especially helpful at this time. Thanks to Judith Orloff M.D.’s work, I understand myself and my experiences throughout my life. I’m realizing how much energy is spent buffering my sensitivity and ignoring my intuition. For the first time, I feel safe and excited to allow myself to feel thanks to the tools that I’m learning. According to Dr. Orloff, the point of being an empath is to feel what’s positive and revel in it and to enjoy your life (track 18). How beautiful is that?!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    I respect these insights and plan to implement some of these practices.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aurora M

    Orloff's books are tough for me because she manages the rare feat of 1) dispensing some excellent observations and advice for her targeted audience, of which I am one, and 2) sounding like an airy fairy New Age auntie. Most pop psychology books are either one or the other. I think it's a mistake to entirely discount Orloff's work, though other books out there may explain the phenomena of being a sensitive person in a more scientific manner, if it matters to you. This book is very similar to "The Orloff's books are tough for me because she manages the rare feat of 1) dispensing some excellent observations and advice for her targeted audience, of which I am one, and 2) sounding like an airy fairy New Age auntie. Most pop psychology books are either one or the other. I think it's a mistake to entirely discount Orloff's work, though other books out there may explain the phenomena of being a sensitive person in a more scientific manner, if it matters to you. This book is very similar to "The Empath's Survival Guide" but contained far less weirdness. No mention of feeling food energy and plant energy. The few New Agey bits I tuned out, and the rest was very helpful in reminding myself I easily take on other people's negativity, I am easily hurt by the meanness and selfishness of others, most other people are not considerate of the feelings of others as I am, that I am prone to be targeted by certain toxic people like narcissists, and that I have to constantly practice self-care to not let these behaviors affect me. I don't dismiss New Agey ish just to sound cool or be judgmental. I've been around a few New Age shaman/seer/psychic types: every single one of them either had Narcissistic Personality Disorder (which is ironically a type that Orloff warns empaths they may fall victim to, and rightly so), or suffered from serious mental illnesses (ex. schizophrenia, bipolar) and were not medicating for one reason or another (more often than not, they didn't believe the science that got them the diagnosis). Every single one of them hurt the people around them and took their money without shame. One woman I briefly knew almost killed herself because the psychic told her to go off her bipolar medication. Some parts of Orloff's books brought back memories of the people I've known hurt by this nonsense: the psychic who almost caused this woman to suicide "channeled Quan Yin", who Orloff mentions in this book, and talked about opening third eyes, which Orloff does as well. If you are someone who is highly sensitive, easily hurt by the everyday cruelties of the world, or who is overwhelmed by being around stimulating environments, I highly encourage you to take up yoga, other forms of meditation, and find a good professional, especially one who specializes in these matters, who can give you tools and explanations as to why you feel the way you do. Orloff's books are best read as supplementary.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Kind of an 'beginners guide to empaths', and probably a fantastic resource for our non-empath friends to better understand life with the senses turned way up. An interesting read, geared more for the "introverted empath", which I am predominately not. I found myself viewing empaths as a kind of neurodiverse people, which was an interesting, though no expressly stated in the book. My take away was that we cannot change the external to better suit our empathy - it didn't seem practical for me. We Kind of an 'beginners guide to empaths', and probably a fantastic resource for our non-empath friends to better understand life with the senses turned way up. An interesting read, geared more for the "introverted empath", which I am predominately not. I found myself viewing empaths as a kind of neurodiverse people, which was an interesting, though no expressly stated in the book. My take away was that we cannot change the external to better suit our empathy - it didn't seem practical for me. We can't 'avoid angry people', as the author suggests, or tell our friends not to exhibit dramatic emotions. I feel, instead, we need to develop our own toolkit, and cope with the world around us. It just seemed deeply unlikely and impossible to me. But maybe that's how I move through the world...? Many of the coping strategies in this book were ones I found impractical for my daily life. There were many that overlapped with how I move through the world already, which was interesting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cassi

    I picked up this book after my therapist, whom I was seeing for increasing agoraphobia and social anxiety, said I was an empath. It was quite a relief to learn this is a real, known quality and not just woowoo. Orloff’s commiseration and descriptions helped me to not feel alone or crazy, and her techniques for dealing gave me a good place to start. I especially liked the chapter on being in relationships and parenting. They edified so many of my needs and feelings, and also gave us some real wor I picked up this book after my therapist, whom I was seeing for increasing agoraphobia and social anxiety, said I was an empath. It was quite a relief to learn this is a real, known quality and not just woowoo. Orloff’s commiseration and descriptions helped me to not feel alone or crazy, and her techniques for dealing gave me a good place to start. I especially liked the chapter on being in relationships and parenting. They edified so many of my needs and feelings, and also gave us some real world tools to work with. This geek felt like going to a therapist and getting good help to live in the world.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I found some of the ideas in the beginning of the book relatable, but as it went on, I thought some of the more non-scientific suggestions, such as using Himalayan salt lamps to reduce negative energy, over the top. The author includes lots of positive and accepting talk about those she calls empaths, which many may find helpful. However, beyond some rather repetitive affirmations and meditations, I'm not sure how many real or essential "tools" there are here to help the more sensitive among us n I found some of the ideas in the beginning of the book relatable, but as it went on, I thought some of the more non-scientific suggestions, such as using Himalayan salt lamps to reduce negative energy, over the top. The author includes lots of positive and accepting talk about those she calls empaths, which many may find helpful. However, beyond some rather repetitive affirmations and meditations, I'm not sure how many real or essential "tools" there are here to help the more sensitive among us navigate our way through the real world.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Interesting insights to types of personalities/people we all experience. Some ideas that hadn't occurred to me before, so it was worth the time. I listened to the audio, and sometimes her voice sounded a bit whiny. The end didn't wrap things up, kind of left things hanging; and there were several tips that were repeated in different areas, which made me think it could have been shorter or she was trying to make it longer. Interesting insights to types of personalities/people we all experience. Some ideas that hadn't occurred to me before, so it was worth the time. I listened to the audio, and sometimes her voice sounded a bit whiny. The end didn't wrap things up, kind of left things hanging; and there were several tips that were repeated in different areas, which made me think it could have been shorter or she was trying to make it longer.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jill Ann Lim

    As far as content, this was 5 stars for me. Incredibly informative and enlightening for my empathic tendencies, many characteristics I didn’t know were empathic. As far as logistics, 3 stars, I wish this audio book was better split into chapters. The chapter transitions don’t entirely match where she changes topics. It’s hard to refer back to things outside of dropping my own bookmarks in (and that’s not easy while driving).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Neale Sourna

    Listened to audio download from my library. Then bought epub version. This is a lot more useful and insightful than Star Trek's misconception of all things psi; especially empaths. Yes, that includes the wilful misuse and abuse of the character Deana Troi. Also useful for those who are considered sensitive or "overly sensitive", mediums, telepaths, etc. Listened to audio download from my library. Then bought epub version. This is a lot more useful and insightful than Star Trek's misconception of all things psi; especially empaths. Yes, that includes the wilful misuse and abuse of the character Deana Troi. Also useful for those who are considered sensitive or "overly sensitive", mediums, telepaths, etc.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ian McGaffey

    I found this to not be a relevant or engaging subject for me. I originally thought i vould be an empath but the levels the ahors explain seem to go deeper. This book is about interventions and coping methods, which are not something tha i feel i need. This book may hold value to others but i struggled with getting it done.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dodie

    I enjoyed this book. The book is exactly as the title says. The book shares different tools to help empathies get through the day to day obstacles that empathies deal with. The book has greatly helped me with techniques that I can use and feel good about myself.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lizz

    The book really resonated with me. I felt this companion wasn't any new info or new tools. It just reiterated what was covered in the book. I wish it had more strategies or deeper content than what I had already read. The book really resonated with me. I felt this companion wasn't any new info or new tools. It just reiterated what was covered in the book. I wish it had more strategies or deeper content than what I had already read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alana Dumas

    This audio book helped me begin to understand Empaths and the different techniques to help acknowledge and understand the anxiety that stems from an empathetic perspective and state of being.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A bit woo-woo for my taste, but some of the content resonated with me. I'm curious to read more about Highly Sensitive People; I still don't believe in crystals or aromatherapy. A bit woo-woo for my taste, but some of the content resonated with me. I'm curious to read more about Highly Sensitive People; I still don't believe in crystals or aromatherapy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bombon

    Ummm....

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Some validating info and tools for empaths, but also some recs that seemed like a stretch and were too new agey for my comfort. Useful overall.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    3.5 stars. There are parts of this boom that are 5 stars and there are parts of this book that are 1.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Haneen

    A good repetition of her book, but seemed to end abruptly.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    If you've already read "The Empath's Survival Guide" by the same author, then this is a nice companion guide. If you haven't read it, then start with that book first before you read this one. It's got a lot of the same ideas, but is much more conversational in style. The practice and practical exercises and meditations are fantastic. The science backing for both is iffy. But the framework and thought exercises are super helpful. For that alone, I highly recommend for all HSP (Highly Sensitive Pe If you've already read "The Empath's Survival Guide" by the same author, then this is a nice companion guide. If you haven't read it, then start with that book first before you read this one. It's got a lot of the same ideas, but is much more conversational in style. The practice and practical exercises and meditations are fantastic. The science backing for both is iffy. But the framework and thought exercises are super helpful. For that alone, I highly recommend for all HSP (Highly Sensitive People) or parents/friends/bosses of such.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ellen

    I got real skeptical after the idea of empaths eating meat.

  23. 5 out of 5

    M

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gypsy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Jones

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Crowley

  30. 4 out of 5

    Judi

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