Empaths are friendly and easy to talk to and confide in. They value service, cooperation, and interpersonal connections.
Because they get personal meaning in their own lives when they’re engaged in the service of others, they’re motivated to help those around them. They’re kind, compassionate, and willing to spend their time, money, and abilities in this pursuit to help others—especially those they are closest with.
Like Egalitarian people, they believe everyone is worthy of love and care, but while Egalitarian focuses on the drive to help the world at large, an Empath's impulse to help is focused on the people more immediately present in their lives.
An Empath cares deeply for their partner and has no trouble prioritizing their needs. They are natural givers and usually, but not always, identify with the Agape, or altruistic, love types.
They value relationships that are open and honest. With their ability to feel their partner's emotions, they can easily tell when something is off. An empath in the most healthy and self-actualized state will prefer to deal with relationship conflict openly and collaboratively.
Empaths let their heart guide them. They are uniquely susceptible to the charm of a narcissist, who over time may begin to use and emotionally manipulate them to their advantage. Their altruistic nature might make it difficult for them to give up on someone with these controlling tendencies, as they feel that they can repair them with enough understanding and compassion. Therefore, it's important for Empaths to try their best to steer clear of people that can take advantage of their kindness.
Empaths are like an emotional sponge, constantly absorbing the emotions of others. With most of their time being spent feeling and caring for the emotions of others, they may begin to neglect their own emotional and mental wellbeing.
A key component of being an Empath is needing time to recharge—therefore it's important that they actually take the time to reflect on their own emotions and attend to them too.