Introverted empaths experience the world in a unique way.

They have the inner ability to feel other people’s emotions deeply, as their own. It allows them to grasp people in profound and intimate ways, as well as heal them from emotional torment.

But due to their high compassion and caring, empaths are often taken advantage of. It’s difficult to go through life taking in the feelings of others (often even those of strangers).

Here are 8 emotional setbacks every introverted empath has to endure every now and again:

1. Talking can be hard sometimes

For the empath, long periods of solitude and introspectiveness can affect their ability to speak as clearly as they would like to. Shallow small talk conversations can feel like murky puddles when you’d rather be swimming in an ocean of meaning, where you’d feel most comfortable expressing yourself.

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