Ask an Empath: Passing Car Accidents
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.
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.