I am glad I found this website. I kind of thought I was crazy. I seem to be pretty perceptive and sensitive to the emotions of others. I am not sure how to explain, but I can just feel the way someone else is feeling.
For example, my co-worker was giving me a ride home and we were listening to music with some conversation here and there. Throughout the car ride, I could feel a very thick feeling of anxiety. It wasn't my anxiety. I finally asked her, "hey are you feeling anxious?" She stopped and looked at me and said "yes, that is exactly what I am feeling, how did you know?" I simply told her that I could tell and the anxiety was really thick.
Another experience was about 2 years ago at work. I was going through my normal work day, but I felt sad and could not pin point why. Then, I went to go ask a co-worker for help on something and my sadness got stronger. After she answered my question I asked her if she was ok and she started crying. She had recently found out that one of her friends died in a skiing accident.
Those types of situations happen to me almost on a daily basis and it kind of bothers me b/c I don't know how to control it. The other type of experience I have once in a while is that I premonition dreams about someone or something. For example, there was 1 week about 2 years ago when I dreamed about one of my co-workers (different from the ones above) twice in one week. In my dream, I was walking around in a unknown city and I needed a ride home. I ran into my co-worker and asked her for a ride. On the ride home, she started crying and telling me about was sad she was (I don't recall the exact convo), but I remember telling her that everything was going to be ok to be strong. Well, that same week, I was feeling a certain sadness radiating from her. I did not ask her if she was ok, but I later found out that her uncle had passed away earlier that week.
I've also had dreams about thing that are going to happen. For example, pregnancies, natural disasters, accidents, people, places. I usually remember my dreams pretty well (colors, places, people, numbers, situations) that I can write a short story about each of my dreams.
Regarding the first experience I described above - - - my co-worker and I carpool every day m-f and i start feeling anxious, stressed, and just negative in general when we're in the same space. Any suggestions as to how I can shield myself from that?