As previously mentioned in my article “How I Figured Out I Was an Empath: A Cautionary Tale,” I explained how being an empath is a gift and a curse. On the one hand, you are uniquely gifted in being able to feel the emotions of others. This makes it possible for you to connect with others on a deeper level and often help them in ways in which others have failed to do.
On the other hand, constantly being bombarded with the unfiltered emotions of others can wreak havoc on your mental and physical health. Think about it this way; empaths often play the role of an unpaid therapist who is highly emotionally invested in each client. Most therapists are trained to learn to compartmentalize and not take their work home with them. However, as an empath, you likely didn’t even realize you were playing this role, and even if you did, you probably still didn’t know how to set healthy boundaries to prevent you from taking on other’s problems as your own.
OK, But This Has What to Do With the News?
Well, as one of my favorite artists, Kanye West, so eloquently put it in his video for Runaway, “First rule in this world, baby, don’t pay attention to anything you see in the news.”
Sure, the news can be rather informative, but so are social media, your relatives, and your friends. No matter where you live, the news is innately negative. You can tune in to find out who got robbed, murdered, the latest political scandals in your town, and more.
And if you like to tune in to the world news, well, you get to see all these things on a global scale. This is not good for anyone, but when you’re an empath, this can be downright catastrophic. Not only are you dealing with all the emotions and drama for those around you, but by watching the news, you are also dealing with the most traumatic events from people all across the globe. Even though these are people that you have likely never met, you will still feel their emotions as deeply as those in your inner circle.