Ask an Empath: Passing Car Accidents

Sitting on the beach, watching planes land. A serene moment away from emotional overload.

Sitting on the beach, watching planes land. A serene moment away from emotional overload.

Question:  Do you as an empath feel pain when you pass a car accident?

I almost always feel emotion when I pass a car accident; however, the texture and depth of emotion depend on the accident itself.

If the accident resulted in severe injuries and/or fatalities, I will often feel the pain as well as the emotions, sometimes even before I see the accident or see victims being loaded into an ambulance.

Empath Subscriber ListI’ve come upon other accidents where the prominent emotion was a sense of relief or simply a lingering cloud of fear in the air, for lack of a better description.

For really bad accidents, everything seems to go immediately toward survival and the emotions that surround it.  Usually fear as well as physical pain.  For fender-benders, the emotions are more annoyance or dread.

Depending on how much time has passed, the emotions can change as well.  With fender-benders, an initial reaction of anger is usually greater than and more frequent than an initial reaction of anger with serious accidents in which there are injuries and/or fatalities. In serious car accidents, anger may be a delayed emotional response whereas in fender-benders and the type of accidents that are truly mere inconveniences, the secondary response is often a sense of fear or relief that occurs when the victim realizes just how much worse the outcome could have been.

It is very rare for me to pass a car accident and not get a sense of any emotion at all.   Often, I will begin shielding immediately, out of self-preservation.

These are just my experiences.  Other empaths’ mileage may vary.