Hmmm, there just may be a full book here at that. I keep thinking of things I didn't mention, or left out, or didn't explain fully enough. Just tons and tons of stuff.
The main point though is that almost everyone has some empathic abilities. If not, we wouldn't have things like celebration dinners. Why bother trying to share that great feeling if nobody could tune in and feel it? Because of that, a lot of this could be adapted for just about anyone. The difference is empaths don't pick up stuff only from family, or occasionally get the big strong emotions, like joy or rage or sorrow from other people, empaths get a constant bombardment of all of it, all the time. We don't just get the main course, we get the whole smorgasboard - and usually all at once.
That gets really confusing and really tiring, picking up all that energy and not knowing what's happening. For years, I had no idea why I would get so irritated or worn out just walking through a mall, but I could hike for miles up mountain trails and be winded, but energized. My friends could get all excited over the shops and the cool stuff, but I'd get more and more exhausted and *always* get a headache. I thought maybe it was something in the air, but open air markets and community gatherings would cause the same problems.
Oh, so much more! Tracey, I think you may be on to something with this book idea... ;)