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The Empath's Survival Guide

Life Strategies for Sensitive People
Written by: Judith Orloff
Narrated by: Pam Tierney
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
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What Is the Difference Between Having Empathy and Being an Empath?

"Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain," says Dr. Judith Orloff. "But for empaths, it goes much further. We actually feel others' emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have." The Empath's Survival Guide is an invaluable resource for empaths who want to develop coping skills in a high-stimulus world while embracing their gifts of intuition, compassion, creativity, and spiritual connection.

In this unabridged recording of The Empath's Survival Guide read by Pam Tierney, Dr. Orloff shares practical, empowering, and loving advice for supporting empaths through their unique challenges—and for loved ones to better understand an empath's needs and gifts. Here listeners will discover crucial practices, including:

  • Exercises to identify where you are on the empathy spectrum
  • Tools for protecting yourself from sensory overload, exhaustion, addictions, and compassion fatigue
  • Effective strategies to stop absorbing stress and physical symptoms from others and protect yourself from narcissists and other energy vampires
  • How to find the right work that feeds you
  • How to navigate intimate relationships without feeling overwhelmed
  • Guidance for parenting empathic children
  • Awakening the empath’s gift of intuition and deepening your spiritual connection to all living beings

For any sensitive person who’s been told to "grow a thick skin," here is a guide for staying open while building resilience, exploring your singular gifts, and feeling welcomed by a world that desperately needs what you have to offer.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Judith Orloff (P)2017 Sounds True

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I Was amazed by the amount of information shared in this book about what empaths really are and the different types and perhaps more important how to deal with being so sensitive because of the gifts being a empath is and also the curses.

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EXTREMELY insightful and helpful.

If you're an empath, or suspect that you are, this book will help you in countless ways. It was full of helpful tools, and helped me accept myself, and not hate that I'm an empath anymore. I will be immediately buying a hard copy to read.

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It is easier to be an empath now!

It is easier to be an empath now! I loved this book! If I new before...

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Game Changing

This book has been so enlightening for me, definitely a missing puzzle piece. Recommend to all addicts alcoholics or victims of narcissistic abuse.

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Loved this audible book!

I learned a lot about how I can help myself to protect my energy without getting overwhelmed. It helped me to learn what type of Empath I am and what it all involves. The best audible book I have heard so far!

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Exactly what I needed!

The few tips I read here have already changed my life. Will be re-reading soon!

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loved it

I gained a greater understanding of myself and my children through the knowledge this book shared. I'd recommend reading it :)

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Excellent!!

Thank you..... I have always been told I was an empath. I did not fully comprehend what that meant. Reading this now has answered a lot of questions I had and helped me to better understand who I am.

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Very Helpful, but...

I learned some valuable things from listening to the audiobook, but I would recommend buying the book as an alternative simply because not enough time was allowed for the meditations. Also, it would be helpful to have the tips on hand, to read when needed.

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Wow. Total new-age paranormal drivel.

I honestly thought I would love this book. I am a sensitive person and am greatly affected by the feelings of others, so I thought this book would be full of practical tips to hone my personality in a positive way, based on real science. I gave this book a real chance, even after she started talking about how empathetic people can talk to plants. But when she started saying spouses can realize the benefits of their partners' yoga practice from across the city and that we should reject real medicine and take holistic medicines ... I just couldn't continue on. If you have an ounce of rationality in your body, pass on this one. How this woman can continue to call herself an MD is beyond me. The narrator doesn't really sound like she believes it either.

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  • Jeri Lynn
  • 2017-04-13

Typically Fabulous Practical Info From Judith

I am an avid reader of Judith Orloff's writings, and listener of her speaking! I have always known I was an empath, but after experiencing an empathic illness last year when my friend had cancer, I was moved to attend Judith's workshop in Big Sur to try and find out how to deal with this 'gift' that has been given to me. At the time, it honestly did not feel like a gift.

I have read all of her other books and this is the latest and greatest. Everything that I've ever known and learned about being an empath was addressed in this book. This truly is a survival guide. It brings everything together into one place and sorts it all out with these wonderful how-to lists.

I tend to use food to build my armor, to keep me protected from the feelings of the world. After the death of my daughter almost 14 years ago, a couple of relationship fails, several other deaths of people I care about and most recently, my pending divorce, I've been flailing around for a while and feeling rudderless.

Most of the info in this book I knew instinctively, and from years of therapy and Al-Anon, but it's been hard for me to put it all together and pull myself together. Now I feel like my thoughts are more organized and I'm able to move forward.

I've been wanting to start a support group for years and I think it's time to do that.
If you are an empath you must read this book! Judith covers every issue I could have possibly thought of, and there were even some I hadn't thought of!!

This is by far my favorite, and it's always a pleasure, the way that Judith puts her own life experience into her works!!!

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  • 2017-06-11

Great info.. Bad narration.

Great information but narration is not very inspiring. It sounds like the narrator is being forced to read this work and makes it difficult to continue on for long lengths of time, which is what I'd like to do, but the lackluster monotone timbre of the narrator makes this a chore. Is it really that hard to find good narrators? I guess I'll try just reading the book as this production is too painful to carry on.

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  • alexis
  • 2020-02-25

it's more of a checklist than a story

if you're unfamiliar with self-help, alternative, or energy medicine this book MIGHT be helpful if you're open to it. and honestly the best way to help yourself if you're sensitive is to heal your traumas and your triggers. didn't like: don't like how this is organized or the lack of, it felt more like chapters full of checklists, also the "are you an empath" questionnaires seemed very one-dimensional and shallow, there wasn't much in the way of tools to help those who don't believe in "source" or crystals, etc. liked: some good tips. better books: energy vampires by dorothy harbour, energy medicine by donna eden, the sociopath next door by martha stout, the healing code by alexander loyd, the emotion code by bradley nelson, psycho-cybernetics by maxwell malt, the body keeps the score, becoming supernatural by joe dispenza, etc.

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  • KLS
  • 2017-04-13

So very helpful

This is a complete guide to feel comfortable in your own skin if you are a sensitive and or insightful person. I am finally seeing and embracing my sensitivities as a gift after using some of the protection and energy release methods in this book. Thank you Dr. Orloff for helping me find peace!!

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  • Sally B.
  • 2017-09-12

Very informative!

I knew I was an Empath, but didn't realize the extreme extent of all of the different types one could be blessed with at all! I am a bit overwhelmed to have learned I am a highly sensitive empath, with so many traits that it will take me some time to assimilate it all. I appreciate the many tools provided and explained by the author. At least I have a base to start with to help me with many situations and people and my own personal feelings, to keep myself healthy. This book answered questions about myself as a child too! It gave me a sense of "belonging" to a group of unknown friends and some that I do know who are apaths. I would like to start a group but not sure if I know enough people in my circle to do so. I will check out Judith's website for help with that.

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  • Cairy
  • 2018-01-27

fair at best

there are some good nuggets here however, true empaths will find her simplistic. nearly all of her suggested affirmations contain the mistake of adding the word "will" as in "I will learn to be positive". even many who are new to affirmations understand the importance of it being in the now as in "I am positive". they also understand the balance between honoring one's true feeling and experience and an affirmation. this says she's lacking in some rudimentary skills. also, true empaths will feel her ego in her words. it will be clear it is the ego of the author and not the narrator. the author is likely somewhat empathic but not to the level she claims. a sense of boasting comes through occasionally. some of her suggestions in dealing with others are good but some are overtly condescending suggesting she herself may have some qualities which I won't have to explain to an empath. for those who are looking for assistance, not a reason to inflate a needy ego, you will find some good pieces to be plucked here, but you will soon tire of where they are coming from. in addition, she is childlike in her writing and methods. good for some, shallow and lack-luster for deeper or more cerebral types. ultimately, I am glad I made the purchase as I was able to gain some good things from it and that is a reason for thankfulness. not all gifts are perfect or come from completely pure sources, yes? good luck and take care.

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  • Brianna Colon
  • 2018-11-12

Great for Signs and Symptoms

It is refreshing to have a clinically trained mind speak on the very real struggles of uncontrolled empathic experiences. The way the experiences are described is helpful, but the advice given feels far less beneficial. This is a great book to identify signs of uncontrolled empathic experiences, but the advice on how to navigate the world successfully as an empath is not so great.

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  • Nicole Lopez Mendez
  • 2018-11-09

Good information available

There's good information available. If you just learned you're an empath, there are a lot of techniques in here to try so you can gain balance. One thing I notice in Dr. Orloff's books is about half of it is about her. I understand the need to connect with an audience by sharing one's experiences, but the books I read by the author tend to go heavy on herself.

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  • Faye
  • 2018-08-17

Excellent with a grain of salt

Several passages made a real difference in how I view myself and what next steps I choose in my personal growth, and it offered insight for me on how to interact with some very empathic people in my life. At the same time, there are a few fallacies and incongruent tips in here, so as with anything I’d recommend taking her words with a grain of salt. I feel like Dr Orloff had her heart in the right place, but I would recommend doing more research - no blindly making big shifts based on what you hear.

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  • Carri Moser Camp
  • 2018-01-29

WOW! Thank you. This should be mandatory Reading

I 've listened to over 200 self help books. I just wish this was the 1st one. It should be mandatory Reading for DOCTORS understanding EMPATHs would illuminate Years of wrong diagnoses and suffering. ENERGY medicine is the hope of the future. Bless you Doctor for sharing this. Teachers should understand this instead of ADHD labeling and medicating. This could replace the broken mental health system if people could grasp the EVERYTHING is vibrations and learn to feel them.

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