At MenPathic, we believe all empathic and HSP men are in possession of an awesome collection of superpowers that can change the world
We want to help you understand the superpowers you didn’t know you had
Much has been documented in the past several years about being an empath (one who is susceptible to and intensely feels the energies of others) and/or a highly sensitive person (HSP) (someone who experiences acute physical, mental, or emotional responses to stimuli such as sound, light, social situations, scents, etc.).
Approximately 20 percent of the population identifies as empathic and/or HSP with half being comprised of men, yet we can spend many years without this critical piece of knowledge.
We think that there is something wrong with us, when the truth is that our innate sensitivities make us more complete human beings.
1 in 10 men identifies as an empath and/or HSP.
Rather than thinking about these traits as a handicap, we prefer to reframe them as superpowers that can change the world.
Rather than thinking we are defective in some way, I challenge you to reframe your traits and think of them as superpowers. Both empaths and HSPs (and you’re probably a mix of both) possess a unique collection of superpowers that can change the world.
I know, that sounds like hyperbole, but I’m convinced it’s true because I am both an empath and an HSP (possessing a tad more HSP traits).
What I mean by superpowers
As empathic and highly sensitive males (menpaths) we possess a collection of abilities not shared by most other people; I call it Hyper-Sensory-Perception or H-S-P. Neuroscientists who study brain anatomy and physiology have called it Sensory Processing Sensitivity.
Although our menpathic antennae can sometimes cause us to become overstimulated by light, sound, crowds, or to feel physical or emotional pain when encountering those suffering from the same feelings, our menpathic abilities can also be reframed as the most unique and useful facets of our personality.
Being an empath and an HSP is like having superpowers; We know things before others do, we tune into the emotional states of others, and we’re natural but compassionate leaders who inspire others to follow.
Our abilities extend beyond what others are capable of, just like a superpower.
MenPathic.com exists to help empath and highly sensitive men embrace their superpowers and become their own superhero
Your empathic superpowers are the real deal
But just as Clark Kent, Peter Parker, and Bruce Wayne understood, having superpowers and leading a normal life isn’t always easy.
We see emotional shades of gray that other don’t and use this insight for the good of others.
We go out of our way to offer cooperative and compassionate leadership, gently inspiring others to follow.
We are sometimes hurt by the behavior of others even if it’s not directed toward us.
We help those around us to process their own emotions and help them realize that Instead simply being different, they are wonderfully so.
Apple got it right.
Though he wasn’t an empath or HSP, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, knew that different could be better.
Different is the new normal
Being empathic and highly sensitive is a genetic trait and not something you adopt. It’s part of you from the beginning of life and reinforced by early life experiences.
Neurobiological research continues to validate HSP traits. Numerous studies by psychologists and neuroscientists agree that those having a high degree of Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) are considered highly sensitive. SPS is the trait of deeply processing experiences and stimuli, and a person with high SPS scores possess these differences at the neural level. As men, we are often confronted by a society that frames getting in touch with our feelings as specifically a feminine trait. Research suggests that this is misguided proposition; It’s a human trait.
Being highly sensitive comes with both advantages and challenges. Highly sensitive people tend to be empathetic, artistically creative, intuitive, and highly aware of the needs of others — so much so that many thrive in careers as therapists, counselors, artists, musicians, and writers. But highly sensitive people also deal with overwhelm, exhaustion, and burnout, especially from “absorbing” or sensing all the emotional cues of the people around them. Loud and crowded environments or visually busy spaces can also overwhelm sensitive people — any strong sensory input can, leaving us with a sensory hangover.
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