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Are You an Empath Questionnaire by Judith Orloff, M.D.

May 2, 2018



To take Elaine Aron's HSP Questionnaire, click here.



Dr. Judith Orloff’s Self-Assessment:  Are You an Empath? (In book, p.p. 14-15).


To Find out, take the following empath self-assessment, answering “mostly yes” or “mostly no” to each question.


  • Have I ever been labeled overly sensitive, shy or introverted?

  • Do I frequently get overwhelmed or anxious?

  • Do arguments and yelling make me ill?

  • Do I often feel like I don’t fit in?

  • Do crowds drain me, and do I need alone time to revive myself?

  • Do noise, odors, or nonstop talkers overwhelm me?

  • Do I have chemical sensitivities or a low tolerance for scratchy clothes?

  • Do I prefer taking my own car to places so that I can leave early if I need to?

  • Do I overeat to cope with stress?

  • Am I afraid of becoming suffocated by intimate relationships?
    Do I startle easily?

  • Do I react strongly to caffeine or medications?

  • Do I have a low threshold for pain?
    Do I tend to socially isolate?

  • Do I absorb other people’s stress, emotions, or symptoms?

  • Am I overwhelmed by multitasking, and do I prefer to do one thing at a time?

  • Do I replenish myself in nature?

  • Do I need a long time to recuperate after being with difficult people or energy vampires?

  • Do I feel better in small cities or the country rather than large cities?

  • Do I prefer one-to-one interactions and small groups to large gatherings?


Now calculate your results.


  • If you answered yes to one to five questions, you’re at least a partial empath.

  • If you answered yes to six to ten questions, you have moderate empath tendencies.

  • If you answered yes to eleven to fifteen questions, you have strong empath tendencies.

  • If you answered yes to more than fifteen questions, you are a full-blown empath.



Orloff, J. (2017). The Empath's Survival Guide:  Life Strategies for Sensitive People.  Boulder, CO:  Sounds True, Inc.

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