Important information about how your senses get overloaded

In American culture, we need at least an arm’s length of space between us and other people in order to feel comfortable. As a sensitive soul, there are times you will need even more space than that. Your personal space is an invisible bubble that surrounds you. When you connect with someone’s energy that is groovy, you feel good. However, when you connect with a lower energy frequency, you can feel drained rather quickly.

Psychic invaders

As a psychotherapist and lifelong intuitive empath, I can reassure you that this type of personal space invasion is rare. I write about it because it happens and it has happened to me numerous times throughout my life. To clarify a bit, what I am writing about is not space invaders or invaders of the extraterrestrial variety.

Psychic invasions occur when another’s energy intrudes upon your energy field, when you are in danger. You will feel this sensation as a sudden twinge or cramping in your second or third chakra (respectively your reproductive area and stomach) quickly upon meeting them. When you recognize this signal within, leave as soon as possible. This is an indication that your gut intuition has been activated and its job is to keep you safe.

Other’s content

Empaths feel invaded by others energy on a daily basis. Due to your sensitivity, you pick up and feel whatever is around you. This includes other’s physical pain, depression, anxiety and anger. This type of constant inflow of feeling creates fatigue in an empath. This is why it is essential self-care to learn boundaries and protect your energies.

Enough to turn up your nose

Psychologically, the sense of smell is most strongly connected to your past memories and emotions. For this reason, anyone, not only sensitive people, can easily get triggered by a smell in a positive or negative way. People who suffer from post-traumatic stress can be transported back to traumatic memories from a certain smell. Some odoriferous offenders that overtake sensitive souls are smoking, spicy foods and fragrances.

Can’t touch this

Unwanted touching can range from irritating to inappropriate. Touches that bother sensitive people can include resting your arm or leaning against someone on a train or airplane to having certain types of fabric rub against your skin. Some people use touch as a means to intimate or control, such as in the case of sexual harassment or physical assault. These types of intrusions are against the law and should be reported.

A sight for sore eyes

Empaths have a difficult time with not only the sounds on the news but also the visual footage. Anything that is violent, hurts people or animals can invade a sensitive person’s space. Rapid images can also overload your nervous system sending it into a tail spin such as fast clips shown in certain movies or TV shows and rapid scrolling of social media newsfeeds.

When it is not music to your ears

Sounds can easily invade the personal space of a sensitive soul. These can include loud music, sirens, dogs barking, horns blaring, screaming and fireworks. Any sound that does not resonate with your personal frequency will disconnect you from your spirit.

Fascinating studies have been done by Dr. Masaru Emoto using high-speed photography which captured how crystals formed in water when specific thoughts were directed toward them. He found that water exposed to loving words and sounds showed beautifully complex, colorful snowflake patterns. While water exposed to negative thoughts, formed fragmented incomplete, patterns with dull colors. Overtime too much sound that does not resonate with you not only depletes you of energy but also puts your health at risk. I highly recommend this specific healing book and cd source, it is a favorite that I have used: Water Crystal Healing: Music and Images to Restore Your Well-Being by Masaru Emoto

What is a sensitive soul to do?

  • Have awareness of your personal level of space that you need.
  • Assert yourself when needed.
  • Learn to protect your energies.
  • Heal your energy when you are overexposed.

Lisa Hutchison LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach who helps sensitive souls not just survive but shine. She is the Amazon bestselling author of I Fill My Cup: A Journal for Compassionate Helpers and the kindle book Setting Ethical Limits for Caring & Competent Professionals. Get a FREE 10 page E-book; 8 Simple Things That Release Chaos from Your Life Now at

33 thoughts on “Important information about how your senses get overloaded

  1. When I worked as a therapist a large portion of my caseload consisted of people dealing with violence. Learning to conserve and protect energy has been an enormous challenge for me. I appreciate your posts.

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  2. You mentioned that someone’s energy frequency “draining” you is rare, but I experience this frequently! I’m not familiar with these concepts, but I know I have intuition! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    • Hi Casey, You are welcome. Actually it is very common for empaths to feel drained from others’s energy. That is what I help my clients with everyday! What is uncommon is the phenomena of psychic invasions.(Having that strong intuitive message that you are in danger) Thanks for visiting and commenting today.


    • Thank you for your comment Casey and bringing this to my attention. I was thinking about this more and realized that I needed to make a further clarification to this blog to include the everyday content an empath experiences vs the psychic invasion. I now have done that 🙂


  3. Appreciating this reminder, Lisa, “What is a sensitive soul to do?

    Have awareness of your personal level of space that you need.
    Assert yourself when needed.”
    I’ve recently had to draw boundaries–not easy for me to do and the person on the other side of the line was surprised!

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    • Setting and maintaining boundaries are not easy for sensitive souls. Others are often surprised because they get accustomed to us giving so much. I have encountered the same surprise on many occasions. I am glad to hear you did what you needed for your self-care Lore. ❤


  4. I love Dr. Emoto’s work! I saw the blow ups of his photos in a subway station in NYC. I have to say that the internet has contributed the most to my overload. I have to be very careful of how long and for what reason I am online and get off when I don’t absolutely have to be on there.

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  5. Excellent article Lisa! Being very protective about my energy and space I have no problem setting boundaries. The minute I feel my solar plexus warning me – I pay heed. Being noise sensitive I often work in quiet or with French or Italian music playing. I love the language but am not distracted by the words – because I don’t know what they are singing. LOL!

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  6. Great overview and so appreciate your work. Such valuable information. It took me years to understand just how empathic I was and I can feel what a deep service you are offering to others through your work. Thank you, Lisa!

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  7. Oh, this hit home! Right now, here in USA all the political overload is overwhelming me and so many others. Also news of terrorism, war, abuse and crime is constant. One feels a need to attend to it to show sympathy and awareness. But that is not helpful. What we can most do is to protect ourselves from this overwhelm and send positive love and light into the world. Thank you for this insightful article!

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