Yes, the term Empath is over used and over done. Get over that and continue reading.
Many sensitive people / empaths struggle with understanding their life's purpose. You hear so many people talk about discovering their life's purpose and their life's mission and it sounds so ambiguous and illusory.
Chances are that you're super sensitive, identify with an Empath title or you're a sensitive black sheep of society. In truth, you're no Black Sheep - you're a guide.
Here's your task: get through your emotional challenges - process (meaning feel and get through or reconcile) your traumas and pain. These make you much more emotionally intelligent.
Everyone has a story to share to help or guide the next person.
Here's the thing - the WAY that you communicate your story is done through different mediums. There is no one size fits all way to communicate your unique message. For some, it's communicated through the Artistic medium - others, through speaking, sending letters, different occupations, etc...
ONE THING THAT WE ALL HAVE IN COMMON though - our HEARTS will lead the way. It's the most easiest thing you'll come to understand. It burns a path for you to walk on - because your work is emotional. There's nothing deep or profound about the impetus behind your Heart centered actions. It comes from the Heart. You can't intellectualize that. You just do it. You'll find you have an endless source of energy with that awareness attuned to the Heart.
If you haven't listened to the latest podcast episode, the intro opens up with an interesting scientific fact: the heart is the first organ to develop in the human body while in the womb. That's very telling.
Okay, so onto the Narcissists.
There's superficial Empaths - wolves in sheep's clothing - Narcissists who occupy these spaces.
I explain that almost every Empath explores Narcissist territory along their journey - especially if they're hurt and haven't learned the way through their pain (Why I stress having Elders in your life). It's a temporary destination. And then there are others that remain in that destination for quite some time - they become full blown narcissists (sociopaths) that lack human emotion - manipulate the populace, and use mimicry as a means of being visible. They seek validation amongst others like them, who are usually new to exploring themselves. These people validate them and create idols of out them as well.
Study their work with the populace. Observe how they present themselves. Are they involved with people, despite their announcing? Do people speak well of them? Pay close attention. You'll notice glitches. They will fall at some point - and either find their way back to the truth, or lose themselves for good.
These people have no emotional capacity whatsoever. In fact, they're inaccessible - they have a laundry list of hoops and rings of fire you need to jump through and they end up having terrible social skills - cannot connect emotionally and are notorious for using their "empathic" personality to avoid social / emotional connections.
Their intimate relationships are founded and maintained upon manipulation and they're usually victims and showcase themselves as victims to the populace. Accountability is absent. But, because the term "accountability" is trending, they'll use it - in the wrong way.
Steer clear of those types.
Empaths are called weak, soft, feminine, etc. Those terms are weaponized.
Yes, people are easily manipulated by their Emotions and people who are emotionally manipulative - aka the MEDIA, will work their magic very well, if you lack Emotional Intelligence. However, it is important to note that Emotional Intelligence is NOT detachment from the Heart. It is knowing how to feel things and let them pass through you. It is having self analysis AND a heart and knowing how to navigate the world.
Also, don't assume you're meant to "navigate the world" alone. Let alone "navigate your emotions" either. We need each other.
It is the ability as an Empath to understand that other people's emotions are not yours to hold onto. You are not doing anyone's work for them.
You are simply showing them the way to their own divinity.