"All doubt, despair, and fear become insignificant once the intention of life becomes love." ~Rumi
There doesn't seem to be a lot of consensus on what empaths are, or what the various types of empaths are. Spiritually it may refer to people who display clairaudience, clairsentience, etc. There is no board of directors for empaths no strict code of requirements. We simply know we are different, we are sensitive, and we care. I personally do not agree that all empaths feel the emotions of others, and in my opinion it is just a common specialty trait. The traits I list below may well be interchangeable, and are not limited to empaths. Which traits do you or the empaths in your life have?
The Super Empath - This label has been used to describe an empath who also has narcissistic traits, though in far lesser degrees comparative to their empathic traits. These folks have a strong ability to tone down their empathy to fight, challenge, create boundaries, express anger, etc. For this they may be seen as having an activated warrior archetype. Narcissists may find them an interesting challenge. They are more likely than lower-functioning empaths or codependents to recognize narcissism, and to therefore leave a toxic relationship.
Truth Seeker - This is an archetype who has a strong devotion to objective truth. This is symbolized by the sword bearer, or light-bearer. The blade of truth can cut through facades and masks, it may wound, and it may also cut the chains of oppression. A truth seeker may stay in a toxic relationship until they know the full truth, even if they are driven to near obsession. They will gather evidence, test their theories, and relentlessly explore new territories in the service of truth and transparency, even under great duress, or to the point of neurosis. Truth seekers may also be motivated to use their findings and conclusions to expose others. Perhaps the Truth Seekers are also the Super Empaths, as warriors may also carry the sword of truth. This is the energy that brings the darkness to light.
Emotional Intuitives - these are the empaths with the classic trait of feeling what other people are feeling emotionally. If you ask them how you feel, they will often be able to articulate your feelings with greater ease and accuracy than you yourself could. They may feel uncomfortable in many situations because of this trait, and will potentially have a harder time attaching to others because of their need to protect themselves from being constantly drained. These empaths are said to have thin skin, and they are often very concerned about how to create energetic walls of protection around themselves. They may have a very hard time with cities, busy lifestyles, or chaotic energy.
Nature-Based - These are the people who feel deep connections to the mineral, vegetable, or animal kingdoms. Some people can feel the energies of minerals for example to such a degree that they may be uncomfortable around these energies at times, as if they cannot find privacy when certain minerals are in the room. Perhaps the energies are too strong or imposing for certain activities. They may place them face down for respite, or keep them outside. Another example was the plant empath Dr. Edward Bach. He was so sensitive to the energies of plants and flowers that he developed a series of essences and knew the specific emotional patterns that each could harmonize and heal. He eventually died from his sensitivities, by taking on the illnesses of his clients. An animal empath may intuit the pains and physical pressures of animals, or may be able to naturally communicate telepathically with them.
Innocent Empaths - I'm inventing this phrase to describe empaths who connect to children. They relate to children naturally, can more readily protect them from disparent energies, and can enjoy all the nuances and joy of play. These are the people children are always drawn to, sitting in their laps and asking for a playtime.
Eden is a quantum and shamanic practitioner and herbalist who enjoys exploring interdimensional realms, earth-based spirits and practices, planetary gridpoints, shadow integration, and Inkan medicine ways of Q'ero lineage. She identifies as empath, high-sensitive, and starseed. Eden works in service to spiritual evolution through love, and the reclamation of spiritual sovereignty.