Best Books for Empaths That Will Help You Accept Yourself
Empaths are not just people with a lot of empathy. They are highly sensitive individuals who are very attuned to other people’s emotions or physical ailments. Some can have a strong connection to animals or plants too.
One of the most common types of empaths though is the emotional empath. We usually take on, “absorb”, or experience other people’s emotions as our own. This can make us deeply attentive and compassionate individuals. But being too sensitive to other people’s emotions or the energy in the environment can make us feel overwhelmed and more prone to issues such as anxiety and depression.
Some empaths are highly intuitive and have psychic abilities too. We can sense when something is “off” or when someone is lying to us. We might know things without having a lot of information about a topic.
Below are the 10 best empath books. Choose the book that resonates with you the most.
Bonus: My Book for Empaths
Note: The way I look at my books will never be the same as the way I look at other books, so to be fair I rather keep them off the list.
Reconnect to Love by Yong Kang Chan
Empaths feel deeply connected with other people. But sometimes, we build walls to protect ourselves from other people’s energy and emotions. Other people might not understand this and it can make us feel very lonely.
Even though this book has no mention of the word, empath. But as an empath myself, I often fall into the trap of being too empathetic, people-pleasing, and caring too much about helping others too. What I realize is loneliness is not a lack of external connection, it’s a result of internal disconnection.
This book can help you connect deeply with your hearts, something we empaths often neglect as we focus on others too much.
Top 10 Best Empath Books
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1. Sensitive Is the New Strong by Anita Moorjani
If you are an empath who has a tendency to people-please or denies your own needs, this book is for you.
Apart from helping empaths to recognize their gifts and learn how to navigate the world, this book helps you to get in touch with your innermost truths and be yourself. Filled with personal anecdotes, meditations, and self-affirming mantras, this book shows you the power of sensitivity and how to claim your power. It also teaches you how to live life more optimally as an empath.
This book is suitable for both empaths and highly sensitive people.
2. The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff
Not all empaths are the same. Some are more affected by other people’s physical symptoms, while some can pick up people’s emotions easily. If you need a book that helps you understand the different types of empaths, this is the book for you.
Inside the book, not only will you find a quick self-assessment to determine if you are an empath or not but there are also many different similar tests for you to discover what type or types of empaths you are.
Apart from the tests, the author also provides you with strategies to protect yourself from narcissists and use your gift of being an empath.
3. Awakened Empath by Aletheia Luna and Mateo Sol
If you feel lost, confused, and overwhelmed in this world, this book is for you.
Well-organized and practical, this book provides a comprehensive map to help you develop physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance on every level. It covers various topics such as how to practice self-love, set boundaries, ground yourself, accept your dark side, and cleanse your energy as an empath. It also offers you four different perspectives on understanding an empath from psychological to mystical perspective.
This book is great for empaths or other sensitive people who want information about this topic from multiple angles.
4. Dodging Energy Vampires by Christiane Northrup
Due to our compassionate and caring nature, empaths have a tendency to attract energy vampires who feed off our energy.
Written by a board-certified ob/gyn (obstetrician and gynecologist), the author has spent her lifetime working in the field of women’s health and healing. She has seen countless women suffer from inexplicable health conditions. And each time she digs deeper, she realizes these women have an energy vampire in their life.
If you have health issues and constantly find yourself in draining relationships, this book is for you. In this book, you will learn how to remove or limit exposure to toxic people and restore your health.
5. Empath by Judy Dyer
If you just discover that you are an empath or you don’t understand your gift as an empath, this book will help you embrace your gift.
Empaths can find it difficult to control the sources of overwhelming feelings. Exposing to other people’s energy can make us feel tired and drained. We can end up caring for the needs of everyone else but their own.
In this book, you will learn how to protect yourself from energy vampires and cope with spiritual hypersensitivity. Well-organized and informative, this short and easy-to-read book is great for empaths new to their gift.
6. Thriving as an Empath by Judith Orloff
Self-care is essential for all empathic people. We want to be loving but overhelping or absorbing other people’s distress puts us on sensory overload. So we have to take care of our sensitive bodies and souls.
This book provides 365 days of self-care meditations, reflections, and journaling suggestions for sensitive people. Reading them sets the tone for how you face each day and outlines ways to attract positivity and deflect stress. It gets you to appreciate your sensitivity.
If you want inspiration and tools you can use daily, this book is for you. You can also intuitively turn to any page during the day for guidance.
7. The Empath’s Workbook by Krista Carpenter
If you are looking for a workbook to help you grow as an empath, this book is for you.
Written by an intuitive life coach who specializes in working with empathic people, this book contains practical strategies and techniques to help you establish better control of your emotions.
This book is divided into seven chapters. It contains many activities and reflection questions to help you in various topics such as relationships, work, family, and self-care. Even if you are not sure if you are an empath or what type of empath you are, this book will help you find out right at the start.
8. Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette
If you are an intuitive empath, this book will help you to develop your gift in intuition. Developing this gift will not only help you live better as an empath but also helps you to fulfill your life’s purpose and to be peaceful and happy.
Written by a psychic and spiritual teacher, you will find real-life stories of how the author’s clients tap into their sixth sense and trust their vibes. With these stories, you will learn how connecting with their intuition changes their lives.
This book has 33 practices to help you strengthen your intuitive muscles. It is suitable for empaths who want to build their psychic abilities.
9. Energy Strands by Denise Linn
If you are open to doing energy work, this book is for you.
In native shamanic traditions, it is believed that we have cords and strands of energy that connect us to everyone and everything in the Universe. Some energy strands make us feel vibrant and alive, while others deplete and weaken us. But most of us are unaware of these energy strands.
In this book, the author shows you how to discover these attachments, release the cords that bind you and strengthen the ones that heal you. The tools she provides are especially important for empaths as we have a tendency to feel very connected to people close to us.
10. The Empowered Empath by Judy Dyer
If you feel like being an empath is more of a curse than a blessing, this book will help you accept and understand yourself.
To survive as an empath, it’s crucial to learn how to ground yourself in over-stimulating situations and protect yourself against other people’s energy.
In her second book on empaths, the author shares how you can block other people’s energy, become an assertive empath, and set boundaries. This simple book is a great introductory book for beginners who want an easy read and to learn the basics of being an empath.
Hey there, I’m Yong Kang, best known as Nerdy Creator. I’m an author of seven books. I write about spirituality, self-compassion, and mindfulness. I love reading books, especially non-fiction. The list above is a combination of what I have read and my research. Each year, I create a Top 10 list of my favorite books.