There are a lot of folks in the New Age and Pagan communities who list Empathy as one of their gifts, or even self-identify as an Empath, meaning that they sense and experience the emotions of others. Folks in the non-psychic arena define empathy as “the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another” – basically inferring it’s intellectual, not psychic.
I was listening to the radio while driving recently, and there was a news story about animals and something to do with pheromones. So naturally my brain meandered over to the memories of other information about pheromones and I realized that most of what I’ve heard about on the subject was related to either fear or sex.
But what if there’s more? What if there are pheromones we exude when we’re calm, different ones when we’re happy, or sad? What if, instead of empathic, a lot of us are just accurately interpreting what the pheromones mean because of a good sense of smell without knowing it? I suppose that it doesn’t really mean much in terms of what the person experiencing someone else’s emotions goes through, it’s just something to think about. We may never know the answer, if there is one.
For folks who are sensing someone’s emotions from across town, that’s definitely still a psychic ability.