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Empath’s Clarity Quiz. Super-Practical!

Empath's Clarity Quiz

Empath’s Clarity Quiz makes discernment as easy as 1-2-3.

Empath’s Clarity Quiz aims to help you develop much-needed discernment, especially important when you’re offered so many coping tips for empaths.

Simply by taking this quiz, you’ll win practical clarity. Gaining the ability to save yourself time — and maybe even protect yourself. Definitely after taking this quiz, and reading ANSWERS in our next post, you’ll have scissor-sharp discernment. Allowing you to cut through loads of fluff and fear talk now commonly recommended for empaths.

Because these are spreading like dandelions and crabgrass in summertime.

Instead what can we choose? The one choice out of three that really helps. And a second choice that’s good sometimes, in good sequence. You’ll see!

First, a Bit of Background

Back in the 1990’s, I started writing my first book for empaths, publishing “Empowered by Empathy” early in 2000.

This turned out to be the FIRST book in English for helping empaths, with authorized translations into Japanese and Turkish.

By now, I no longer sell that book, actually. Instead, I’ve published a series of Empath Empowerment Books; they share much more up-to-date information that’s suitable for The Age of Awakening.

Fast forward to now, and what else? This coming weekend I’ll give my first workshop ever for HSPs as well as empaths.

These RES Sensitivity Skills aren’t the FIRST self-help ideas for Highly Sensitive Persons. That honor goes to Dr. Elaine Aron’s brilliant discovery.

Instead, I’m bringing a new perspective that’s also up-to-date, making use of the new freedom of awareness available to us all now. And helping us to avoid the traps that so many good people fall into. (More about that coming up soon, in today’s article.)

Before you take today’s Empath’s Clarity Quiz, might I suggest?

  • Read Part One of this three-part series.
  • And also check out my preface before quiz questions start. That way you’ll learn about the three possible answers for each Quiz question that follows.

Consciousness Skills. Or Social Skills. Or Energy Awareness

Blog-Buddies, that’s what I’m asking you to think about, considering this distinction can really help empaths and HSPs. Versus what sounds familiar and easy to do. Like, “It’s all the same really, isn’t it?” (This being a common statement from beginners, revealing a distinct lack of clarity.)

First, nothing is easier or more effective than using Consciousness Skills. Effortless by nature, these skills about how to direct your awareness…  are the only effective way to become a skilled empath. At least, according to this empath coach!

How come? Because you can learn tiny tweaks to position your consciousness appropriately. Turns out, this is essential: whether you simply wish to become more comfortable as an empath… or you aim to learn how to use your empathic talent full-force by doing Skilled Empath Merge.

Second, Social Skills have come to dominate advice for empaths. Probably because they seem like “anybody can do this,” which reassures empaths who feel a bit intimidated or overwhelmed.

These coping tips for empaths are like helpful hints for cleaning your housekeeping. Unfortunately, they’re mostly busywork… unless you learn effective social skills designed especially for empaths, and you learn them after exploring the essential consciousness skills.

This one-two combination can help you to integrate new possibilities created by more clarity of awareness.

What about the Third Type of Empath Tip?

That’s Energy Awareness, which means advising empaths to notice energies. And (supposedly) by noticing energies or doing things to fix their energies, empaths can get help on demand.

Seems to me, energy awareness is now the most popular enticement, as experts seek to gain traction in a now-crowded of bloggers, writers, and psychologists.

Why an enticement? Because guess what has happened with The Age of Awakening? Ever since the Shift began on 12/21/12… everybody who wishes to notice energies can do so. All empaths can notice energies. All non-empaths, too.

By instructing folks to do things with their energies, some empath helpers can make their advice relatable. As in, “Hey, I notice energies. So I can do this. And this expert tells me that noticing energies can solve all my problems, wow!”

And if the empath helperes add an element of fear, that ups the appeal. (For some empaths, anyway. Not knowing better.)

Which is why, in recent years, you’ll find increasingly strident appeals to fear in the guise of “survival tips” for empaths. Including an article from which I’ve drawn the following quiz questions.

Where You Come In. And Where Clarity Comes In.

For each of the following questions, give one of these three answers.

  1. Consciousness Skills. Does the tip help an empath to position consciousness, and thus become stronger and more resourceful as a person? (None of this is difficult. It just takes a little bit of time to get the knack. As in this Quick & Easy how-to for empaths.)
  2. Social Skills. Does the tip help an empath by giving advice about behavior. Instantly understandable! Although, possibly, just a distraction from an empath’s pain and confusion…. unless each new social skill supports a change that an empath has learned to make in habits about using consciousness. (In the opinion of this empath coach, anyway.)
  3. Energy Ideas. These are notions from the New Age Years (before The Age of Awakening began). Paying attention to energy ideas like these has a large following. However, my research into alternative strategies suggests something pretty shocking: That paying a lot of attention to energies — especially fearing them — will weaken an empath. Despite providing plenty of busywork.

Well, those are the three choices for each of your answers. Please share your thoughts below. Maybe why you chose as you did.

And also, what have been the results for you, personally… if you have ever tried to help yourself in these ways.

Empath’s Clarity Quiz #1. Avoiding Negativity

If empaths are around peace and love, their bodies assimilate these and flourish. Crowds or negativity, though, often feel assaultive, exhausting.

Empath’s Clarity Quiz #2. Distance Yourself

When possible, distance yourself by at least twenty feet from the suspected source.

See if you feel relief. Don’t err on the side of not wanting to offend anyone.

At the gathering try not to sit next to the identified energy vampire.

Physical closeness increases empathy.

Empath’s Clarity Quiz #3. Use Your Breath THIS Way

If you suspect you are picking up someone else’s energies, concentrate on your breath for a few minutes.

This is centering and connects you to your power.

Empath’s Clarity Quiz #4. Don’t Use Your Breath THAT Way

In contrast, holding your breath keeps negativity lodged in your body.

Empath’s Clarity Quiz #5. How Easy It Is to Heal Through Your Breath

(At least, according to the person who recommends this “survival tip.”)

To purify fear and pain, exhale stress and inhale calm.

Empath’s Clarity Quiz #6. Visualize Wellness

Picture unwholesome emotions as a gray fog lifting from your body, and wellness as a clear light entering it.

Empath’s Clarity Quiz #7. Act Fast. Meditate.

If you counter emotional or physical distress while at an event, act fast and meditate for a few minutes.

You can do this by taking refuge in the bathroom or an empty room. If it’s public, close the stall.

Empath’s Clarity Quiz #8. Protect Yourself from Stressful People

Control how much time you spend listening to stressful people, and learn to say “no.”

Empath’s Clarity Quiz #9. Extra Protection Through Visualization.


A practical form of protection many people use, including health care practitioners with difficult patients, involves visualizing an envelope of white light around your entire body.

Empath’s Clarity Quiz #10. Handling the Extremely Toxic People

Or with extremely toxic people, visualize a fierce black jaguar patrolling and protecting your energy field to keep out intruders.

In Conclusion

Have you noticed? Some of these questions are trickier than they first appear. So have fun with this quiz!

Clarity can make it much easier to sort through the huge amount of advice offered you as an empath. Granted, many of us think, “If it’s free, it can’t hurt.” But is that true, really?

Thanks for taking this quiz, Blog-Buddies. Answers will come in our next blog post, but meanwhile I’m so interested in learning your thoughts about all this.

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  1. 1
    Catherine says:

    1. Avoiding Negativity – Social Skills and Energy Ideas – Fearing certain kinds of energy may create ”stuff” in your aura, and it’s not realistic to avoid all negativity.

  2. 2
    Catherine says:

    That’s not what living on Earh is about.

    Your social skills are affected since you only choose to interact with people who pass your litmus test for having positive energy.

  3. 3
    Catherine says:

    You do not learn to deal with difficult people or handle conflict, but instead learn about acceptable kinds of energies and acceptable kinds of emotions to have in social situations, and you may become more isolated due to your fears, which may keep you stuck instead of learning from sticky people and situations.

  4. 4
    Catherine says:

    At the same time, its reasonable to protect yourself from harmful people and situations that generally aren’t good for you.

  5. 5
    Catherine says:

    I like win-win situations, where you protect yourself from negative energy, but you also have a good time and done feel the need to hide from the world.

  6. 6
    Catherine says:

    I wouldn’t suggest running away screaming if you encountered a person who you deem to be oozing negative/toxic energy.

    Perhaps minimizing interactions with the person would be sufficient, allowing you to still enjoy yourself and socialize with others.

  7. 7

    Thank you, CATHERINE, in taking a leadership role by being the first to take my challenge with this quiz. It’s the first time I’ve asked you Blog-Buddies to think about the PROCESS, rather than the CONTENT of advice to empaths. (Or, as we’ll be considering in the HSP Heaven on Earth Workshop this weekend — advice to Highly Sensitive Persons.)

  8. 8

    If I might underscore something in the very first paragraph of your powerful series of comments here, you flagged “Avoiding Negative People” as a social skill and also an energy idea.

    An important distinction!

  9. 9

    This appears to be an energy skill, as though a person really needs to tell with consciousness who is “a negative person.”

    As in constantly needing to check out people’s personal energies… in order to keep yourself safe.

  10. 10

    Seems to me, that’s ridiculous. Substituting energy awareness for paying attention to objective reality is not some higher or better way to live. Rather, it’s a poor way to use our new vibrational freedom — available to all in The Age of Awakening.

    But widely misunderstood and inadvertently misused.

  11. 11

    Many people are taking this confusing, unhelpful energy IDEA and turning it into a consciousness practice. Like blinking on and off in their consciousness:

    * Sometimes paying attention to another person in objective reality, a fine way for humans to live outside of Technique Time.

  12. 12

    * But other times frantically checking out the person’s vibes — Stage One Energetic Literacy.

    Not good quality aura reading but definitely counting as Technique Time. (And often adding up to way more than 20 Daily Minutes of Technique time, Tops.)

  13. 13

    For other empaths who follow this advice, the (pretty bogus) energy IDEA is not pursued as a consciousness skill. Rather, isn’t this more what happens?

    The empath makes a snap judgment about who’s the Bad Energy Villain and then uses a social skill of avoidance. As eloquently described by you, CATHERINE.

  14. 14

    In the follow-up post to this quiz, I’m aiming to summarize smart alternatives to all the ideas in the quiz questions.

    Maybe you, CATHERINE, and other Blog-Buddies, can think about what would be smarter than either using social avoidance (based on snap judgments) or using a consciousness skill that is based on a faulty premise and tilts a person towards Spiritual Addiction! (For this link, scroll down to the turquoise box.)

  15. 15
    Susan Torres says:

    The Consciousness skills I am learning with Empath Empowerment in 30 days seem to make all of these other techniques superfluous wastes of time and energy.

    I am thankful I was not exposed to any of these exhausting sounding techniques before I found RES and EE30 (To clarify I didn’t know I was an empath before RES. So there is that🤔) I feel very lucky indeed. 😅

  16. 16

    SUSAN, you’re just making my day.

    You know, this new Age of Awakening is all about the necessity to use consciousness skills. I’m so glad you’re starting to appreciate that.

  17. 17

    That’s the theme behind “The New Strong” book and online workshop series. Just today I was mentoring a student in advanced New Strong understandings.

    It’s very exciting how, living now, all of us are in a position to use consciousness skills for Empath Empowerment, RES Energy HEALING, and RES Energy READING. Plus what others have created, if they’re equivalent.

  18. 18

    And your observation is insightful, I think, SUSAN. Did you know that overly complicated, and tiring, practices are very common with astral-based work? Whether pop psych self-healing to “be your own therapist”… or New Age practices, like prosperity visualizations.

    By contrast, a well-designed skill set (especially if you’re co-creating with the Divine) isn’t just effective. It’s effortless.

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