The “Empath” Scam

Many people may get slightly miffed with me for writing this article, yet I feel compelled to do so. This blog post is not about cryptozoology, but rather a purported paranormal phenomenon. As a researcher, I feel it is my duty to expose scams, regardless of the consequences.

If you have fallen victim to this scam, do not feel badly. You are not the only one. I almost fell for it myself. Although I am nowhere near smart enough to be an aerospace engineer, I like to think I am a fairly smart cookie. However, we are all vulnerable to falling victim to scams, regardless of IQ.

I was recently conversing with a man on a popular dating website. He told me he thought I may be an empath and gave me a link to click on. I never click on links sent to me by strangers, so I decided to do a Google search for the word “empath” instead. I’m glad I took the time to research this topic.

What I discovered was that everyone who is not a sociopath is an empath. It is no special ability. Empathy is a natural human emotion that you and I and everyone who is not a sociopath have. Empathy is nothing more than sympathy magnified. For example, if your child’s pet dies, you tend to feel just as sad, if not sadder, than your child feels. Empathy is simply the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

There are some human monsters, known as con artists, who have cleverly (albeit unethically) devised methods to bilk money from people by using a perfectly normal emotion and turning it into some grand pseudo psychic power. If I were to tell you you’re a respiratory psychic because you sense that others around you are breathing, you would look at me as though I were daft. If I then told you I can teach you how to harness your super breathing powers for a small fee, you would most likely tell me to take a hike. It should be so obvious. Yet, most people can be persuaded to believe a myriad of absurd concepts.

I have seen websites devoted to “empath empowerment”. Many of them offer free newsletters. I would be leery of signing up for the newsletters, because this would be a rather crafty way for these monsters to obtain your personal information to steal your identity. I have also seen “empath retreats”. For $5,000 or so, you can go spend a week in a cabin and learn how to “harness your empathic abilities”. Big waste of money, folks. Unless you are a psychology major writing a research paper on the dynamics of how easily people can be tricked into thinking they have super powers.

It’s really quite simple. We all tend to absorb the emotions of others throughout the day. Just go home, have a glass of wine (or, in my case, Jack and soda), soak in the tub for a while, and watch a good program on television or read a good book. It’s all about letting go of the stress. We are all empaths, and we all need to have good coping mechanisms to deal with stress.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news…but, I have also debunked myself as not having psychic empath abilities. I just really do not like to see people get scammed.

In 1968, the television show “Star Trek” aired an episode called “The Empath”. It was about a lovely lady who had the ability to absorb the emotions of others. She soaked up all the bad energy of others and left everyone feeling rather happy. The empath wound up dying because she had taken in too much negative energy. I imagine this scam originated when some conman or woman was sitting on the couch watching a rerun of that show. I can’t say for certain.

Hope this article was helpful. Thanks for reading. Apologies if I’ve offended anyone. Just trying to be helpful. Please share a smile today. Moods really are “contagious”, especially if you’re an empath. LOL



6 thoughts on “The “Empath” Scam

  1. The whole subject of fellowship vs predation is always worth airing. The very thing that gives us worth also makes us targets of the unworthy. Well screw them (pardon my French). If we allow the bad behaviour of others to change us, other than make us wiser, then they win.

    Interesting post. Rock on. :-).


    • I like your phraseology. “Fellowship vs Predation” is a perfect way to sum up what is occurring with this scam. You know, I actually spoke with a relative of mine recently who told me one of her friends attended some sort of “empath workshop”. This friend of hers now proudly places a comma after her name and tacks on the title of “Empath”. Sad.

      Yet, the positive side of fellowship is that people can also look out for one another and expose fraud among the community. In this case, that would be the Paranormal community. Sometimes, I feel a bit like a magician telling how tricks are performed. People don’t generally like that. lol. All I can do is do my best to help spread the word.

      I just wish people would learn to appreciate the things which truly do make them special…such as providing for their family, getting out of bed and going to work every day, shoveling the sidewalk of a snowbound elderly neighbor for free each winter, baking cakes for people on their birthdays, visiting friends and relatives who live in nursing homes, and so on and so forth, etc… In other words, we don’t need no stinking titles. Each and every one of us is unique and special in our very own way. We all do some pretty amazing things every day. Well, sans the sociopaths and mean people, that is. 🙂

      Thanks again. Have I ever told you how I envy your extensive vocabulary? You always seem to be able to say in a few words what takes me paragraphs to express. 🙂 Happy weekend to you.


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