I am currently fascinated with this topic and wondered if anyone was interested in discussing the differences between the two and if it runs in DNA. My thoughts. HSP feel everything sooooi much. Love, discord, smells, touch, taste, disappointment, joy etc. But they dont feel it if another person breaks a leg or is drpressed. They empathize with the person and even cry for the person, but dont actually feel exactly what the other feels. Empaths do. They are closer to real psychics as they KNOW anothers actual heart and soul. This is my understanding of the difference. My daughter Princess and granddaughter are both HSP+. By that mean have psychic tendencies. Princess has had scary real experiences. Baby is just verrrry aware for her age. Of everything. Says wise things way above her age level. I am a HSP as was my mother and is my sister. We are not empaths though. We just felt/feel too much. It makes us sometimes be very hurt and draw false conclusions due to our pain. I know for a fact my sister does...and I am sure I have as well. My mother was off the wall that way. Whoa! My soulmate, a friend in Illnois, is a HSP. Do we attract one another? Yet my husband isnt. He cares little what anyone thinks of him ans is not sensitive about much...just moves on easily. Sonic is HS. Jumper and Bart are not. I think all animals are. They have to be to survive. As for pets, dont they feel our energy in a weird, accurate way? Empaths? I am working on being less sensitive with some success. I dont think sister is. She is sadly still obsessed with me. Posts about me...I just read the headlines only and feel sad for her (with some empathy). She is still very angry and looking for a bad guy, when she must know the bad guy in her life is really narcicistic abusive boyfriend of six years that she sadly cant seem to break free of. She projects me as him, although I will never speak to her again. She knows he is abusive yet says it is me, I suppose. Again I never read beyond the headline. Being so sensitive and I think basically a nice person, Sis gets angier and sadder when with him...going back to such a horrid man coincided with my need to finally protect myself by cutting strings. She started being negative and critical toward me ad her boyfriend is to her.He affects her. She is bitter that he is who he is...and knows my husband is so very kind. Jealiusy due to bring a HSP? I do not know. I think HSP are very affected by who they hang around, which is why i shun drama or anyone unkind to me. Just cant/wont let that energy into my peaceful life. Can no longer be anyones dumping station... Do our strong emotions skew our thoughts? Our blame? Our reality? . Any thoughts from you? Do you find HSP in your family? If not, thanks for reading my vent. I am currently reading about these issues in regards to psychic ability mostly. Have a great day.