Empaths are sensitive to slight nuances of behavior that others may be oblivious to. If you notice these things, you are most certainly an empath.
If you find that you have a different reaction to someone than your friends, family, and colleagues, it could be that you are picking up on nuances in their behavior that others just don’t see. Empaths are often in the position of knowing something is not right about someone only to have this confirmed weeks, months or even years later.
Empaths have this amazing ability because they are so observant of and sensitive to their environment. They may pick up on the slightest detail of another person’s behavior and just know something isn’t right. They may not know how they know, but they do.
Many empaths try to ignore this sensitivity. They convince themselves that they are over reacting or even paranoid. This isn’t usually the case and sooner or later, empaths find out just how accurate the information they receive is.
So what are the 7 nuances of behavior that can offer clues to another person’s thought, motives, and desires?
1. Words and body language don’t match
Empaths notice when there are subtle differences between what people say and their body language. A person may seem friendly and open. However, empaths recognize nuances in their body language that tell a different story.
The other person may turn away from them or close their arms or legs in a defensive pose even though the words they say are warm and friendly. They may also use their physical presence in a slightly threatening way such as crossing the boundaries of personal space or emphasizing their size with an imposing stance. Other signs might be rolling eyes, frowning, smiles that do not make the skin around the eyes crinkle or lifting the head in order to look down on people.
Highly sensitive people may not be aware that they are noticing these subtle clues. They just get a sense that something in the interaction is not quite right.
2. Tone of voice
Empaths are also sensitive to the tone of voice. If a person is saying something perfectly normal or friendly, a sensitive person might notice something about the tone in which it is said suggests a different meaning. This tone could be aggressive or patronizing. It may be just a case of emphasizing certain words.
It would never stand up in court, but a sensitive person can recognize when someone does not truly mean what they say.
3. Passive aggression
Empaths can always recognize passive aggression. This may take the form of body language or speech as above. However, it can also come about in actions.
Sensitive people notice slight actions such as a cup put down rather heavily on the table, a slightly harder slam of a drawer than is necessary, denying that something was said or promised, or a delay in sending urgent information. For sensitive people, these clues put them on high alert and let them know that something is not quite right.