211: Empaths and Highly Sensitive Persons with Dr. Judith Orloff


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“Empath” is one of those words that has become a buzzword over the last few years, and it has us empaths who have felt different our whole lives yelling, “Finally!”

At last, the world is beginning to understand that certain people are wired in a way that makes them highly in tune with their environment and the emotions around them. Where empaths might have been called too sensitive in the past, we’re now acknowledging the unique gifts that empaths bring to the table — from having huge amounts of empathy to deeply caring for others.

But being an empath also comes with its own unique set of challenges. Because we’re so affected by what is going on around us, we can often find ourselves overwhelmed, exhausted or just feeling “off.” Self-care is SO critical for empaths to stay healthy and centered.

In this episode, I’m interviewing the incredible Dr. Judith Orloff, a brilliant psychiatrist and healer, who has written a number of books on how to survive and thrive as an empath. She shares a wealth of wisdom on how to know if you’re an empath, common traps empaths fall into and practical tips to live empowered as an empath.

Listen to discover:

  • Why empaths often have a hard time blocking out the world around them
  • Why empaths are often drawn to relationships with narcissists
  • Avoiding the addiction and anger trap (often a side effect of overwhelm)
  • The side effects of chronic sensory overload and how to recognize them
  • Practical tips for self-care and getting back into balance as an empath

If you’ve felt different, sensitive or intuitive your whole life, I think this episode will really resonate with you. Empaths are kind, loving, beautiful individuals who can truly thrive when we learn to be just as kind and loving to ourselves.

“Empaths don’t have the same kind of filters that other people have in terms of emotional or physical filters, so when something intense is going on in the world or your life, you may have a tendency to be overwhelmed by this.” - Dr. Judith Orloff

“Many empaths are having problems during this time because they’re not embodied anymore. They’re in their minds and they’re in panic, fear and suffering is in the mind. So if you bring it back to the body and heart, which is healing energy, you can recalibrate yourself.” - Dr. Judith Orloff

“An empowered empath is someone who can stay centered and loving without absorbing all the energy.” - Dr. Judith Orloff


Judith Orloff Website


Judith Orloff Book: “The Empath’s Survival Guide”


Judith Orloff Book: “Thriving As An Empath”


Judith Orloff Empath Support Facebook Group


Inner Child Resource


Empath Meditation for Cleansing and Clearing Your Energy


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