The Empathic Supernova


What is the Empathic Supernova?

In order to detail this phenomenon, it is first necessary to consider when it might appear and what is behind its appearance.

The repeated application of our manipulations is deployed for the purposes of maintaining control over you. This control reinforces our notion of superiority,  omnipotence and impregnability and enables us to draw fuel from our appliances and most of all you as our primary source.

I have made mention of the Empathic Group, the group which lies to the left of the empathic-narcissistic spectrum and within this group there are three schools of the empathic individual; the Co-Dependent, the Super Empath and the Empath.

The sustained application of the many and varied manipulations produces results for us. It also takes its toll on our victims. The Co-Dependent will cling on, desperate for the self-definition which manifests as a consequence of their ensnarement with us. They will soak up the abuse, the confusion and the control until they reach a point of breakdown. The cumulative effect of the silent treatments, the gas lighting, the physical abuse, the psychological trauma, financial mistreatment and sexual degradation eventually causes the limpet-like Co-Dependent to collapse into numbness, malfunction and potential hospitalisation. They gave and gave until suddenly they fell off the cliff and their fuel provision remained impressive on Monday and by Tuesday it had stopped. No longer capable of pumping out fuel, attending to our requirements and showering us with appropriate traits and residual benefits, this failure to function invariably brings about the discard of this individual. The discarded Co-Dependent, although distraught at the loss of the narcissist which they crave, is in no position to try to bring about the resumption of the relationship and thus, whilst we focus on their replacement primary source, they are allowed a period by which they can recover and once the lights switch back on again and the fuel starts to pump, the devaluation of their replacement has begun, so we come looking and hoovering for the Co-Dependent. Unable to resist, because of the nature of the hoovering and their own vulnerability, they are hoovered back in and the narcissistic cycle continues.

Whilst third parties may try to assist the Co-Dependent to see and understand what has happened to them, their own substantial need to connect with a narcissist means it is very hard to make them take notice and stay away from us. Unless physically removed and isolated, the Co-Dependent will drift back to us. If not the original narcissist, a replacement narcissist will invariably be found.

The empathic-narcissistic spectrum is a sliding scale that represents both empathic and narcissistic traits. On the far left the empathic traits are more numerous and stronger whilst the narcissistic traits are fewer and weaker. Move to the right and the empathic traits begin to lessen in number, their effects less evident and the narcissistic traits begin to increase and become more prevalent. Eventually, as one reaches the Narcissistic Group, on the right of this spectrum, the empathic traits have disappeared and all that remain are narcissistic traits which become more numerous and stronger the further right one goes within this Narcissistic Group.

Accordingly, with the Co-Dependent, he or she will have many empathic traits and they are strong in nature. Their devotion to love, their honesty, decency, excellent listening skills, positivity etc are most evident and contribute to create a highly empathic individual. The narcissistic traits are almost invisible and the few that exist are weak. Accordingly, this prevalence of empathic traits attracts and is attracted to the prevalence of extensive and strong narcissistic traits. They locked together, complementing one another and consequently the Co-Dependent is inexorably drawn to those within the Narcissistic Group, with next to nothing in terms of their own narcissistic traits to act as some kind of repellant.

The Empath may also find themselves shutting down, but more usually they are prevented from reaching a position of complete numbing though the intervention of a third party. Sure enough the toll exacted on the Empath is considerable and has damaging consequences, but, in general, they manage to avoid more often the fate of the Co-Dependent. Instead, rather than giving and giving until shut down occurs (as is the case with the Co-Dependent) the Empath’s performance deteriorates in terms of fuel output in a more gradual fashion which means that when it dips below a threshold of acceptability for our kind, the Empath is also discarded. Not so damaged as to be unable to function, the Empath will endeavour to re-connect with our kind, having sufficient energy and ability to do so, but they will be shunned as part of this discard until it is time to hoover them. Unaware of what they have been ensnared by and with capabilities improved after a period of respite arising from the discard, the Empath is sucked back in by the narcissist and thus the narcissistic cycle continues.

The Empath however may also realise that something is wrong, or assisted by third parties and more amenable to listening, takes notice of what these third parties are telling him or her. They have a moment of ‘awakening’ and with that realise that they must remain away from our grip, however hurtful and hard it may be and thus they eventually escape, putting distance between them and our kind.

The Empath has numerous empathic traits and they are of strength but they are not on the same scale as the Co-Dependent. The Empath will have some narcissistic traits, not many and not especially strong in nature, but they will have more narcissistic traits than the Co-Dependent. Their status as an Empath (along with the fact that there are more Empaths than Co-Dependents) means that Empaths become the bread and butter target for our kind. They too are attracted to us, not with the almost hopeless vulnerability of the Co-Dependent, but they remain not only attracted to our kind but a target.

Finally, there is the Super Empath. The Super Empath is an excellent provider of fuel also and comes with a confidence and a fieriness which proves most tempting to our kind. The Super Empath sees his or her role as helping, fixing, healing and brining goodness to those around them. They have considerable energy, they are capable and their capacity for sustaining our abuses also makes them a considerably attractive prospect. The Co-Dependent can sustain considerable abuse until suddenly, like a light being extinguished, that is it. The Empath also can sustain our manipulations but their slide is slower and more gradual. The Super Empath, blessed with a vast capacity for empathy and goodness is also somebody who can sustain a lengthy campaign of abuse. There is no slide downwards with this individual like the Empath. There is no sudden collapse like the Co-Dependent. Instead the Super Empath goes in to Supernova mode.

The trait make-up of the Super Empath is different from their cousins in the Empathic Group. Whereas the Co-Dependent has strong and many empathic traits with little and low narcissistic traits and the Empath has few and fairly low narcissistic traits but more and quite strong empathic traits, the Super Empath has a different constitution.

The Super Empath has very strong and numerous empathic traits. He or she also has a number of narcissistic traits (more than the Co-Dependent and the Empath but not as many as the Narcissistic Group) and they are stronger in nature than those experienced by the Co-Dependent and the Empath.

This arrangement is not problematic. Liken the Super Empath’s narcissistic make-up to the light from a candle and their empathic make-up the light from a spotlight. The intensity of the spotlight is so bright that the candle light is barely noticed. Accordingly, the narcissistic element to the Super Empath does not appear. The Super Empath behaves in an empathic way and thus is a target for our kind.

There comes a time however when the sustained abuse and the awareness of the Super Empath reaches a critical point. Rather than switch off or slide into decline, the Super Empath will decide that enough is enough. In some instances, this means that the Super Empath will escape and follow a similar route to that of the Empath and distance themselves from the narcissist.

On other occasions they enter into Supernova mode. When this happens, the Super Empath will dim their empathic traits. This can only be dimming. The empathic traits cannot be shut off as they are wired into the empath’s dna. Moreover, this dimming can only continue for a period of time and is not permanent. The naturally strong empathic nature of the Super Empath means that it will blaze bright again.

However, when this dimming takes places, the gap between empathy and narcissism in the Super Empath lessens so that the narcissistic traits are more prevalent. They do not dominate nor do they take over, but they are allowed to ‘shine’. However, whereas in our kind the application of our narcissistic traits is unfettered since we have no empathic traits and thus these traits are directed in a malevolent, harmful and destructive manner, the Super Empath uses these unleashed narcissistic traits for ‘good’.

This means that they will fight back against our kind and remain in the relationship with us. They will shut off the fuel provision, they will engage in manipulation of us, having learned how to effect it form their accompanying journey with out kind. The Super Empath will wound and wound, striking blow upon blow against the narcissist.  It is worth pointing out that the Super Empath does not necessarily know that they are with a narcissist (they may only realise this later) but rather they know that something is very wrong in the relationship and it must no longer continue.

Thus when some people ask the question

“Can you become a narcissist from being with a narcissist?”


“Can I pick up narcissistic traits from my experience of being entangled with a narcissist?”

The answer remains no.

But, if you find that you are exhibiting such traits and you are deploying them against the narcissist, what has happened is that you are allowing your inherent narcissistic traits to have greater prominence. You keep them under control and you are not allowing them to harm or hurt innocent parties, but rather you are applying them against the narcissist in order to strike back. You always had these traits, you have not gained them by being with us, but what you have learned is how to manipulate from being with us and now you are turning those manipulations against us.

The effect against us is varied.

The Lesser Narcissist will discard immediately with a display of ignited fury as he seeks to escape the turning of the tables. He will need to get away from this empowered Super Empath and find a new primary source straight away. He wants to shrink from this blazing  supernova of power which is causing him considerable difficulty through the cessation of fuel and the wounding from repeated criticism.

The Mid-Range Narcissist will find himself in a tormented loop as he tries to assert control. He will not comprehend truly what is happening. He will not want to lose the Super Empath owing to the fuel provision, but he is finding that his ability to manipulate and the reasonable degree of calculation that he has, is being sorely tested. He will try to assert his control through passive aggressive means, even pleading with the Super Empath to stop and ‘why can’t you be good to me again’? He will roll out the pity plays and sympathy cards in order to try to achieve superiority again. However,  either the Super Empath decides to escape and leaves the Mid-Ranger in a confused and bewildered state or the Mid-Ranger slinks away and discards,unable to sustain the fight and needing a new and far more compliant primary source.

The Greater Narcissist will rail against this insurrection and fight back. He will draw on fuel from alternative sources (usually the IPSS or IPSSs he has in the wings along with fuel form those NISS who are his inner and outer circle friends). He will relish the challenge shown by the Super Empath and a real battle of wills ensues as each combatant deploys manipulation after manipulation against one another. This hammer and tongs clash of the  titans sees the Super Empath applying what they have learned, similar to the apprentice turning on his or her master, as the old hand seeks to slap down the irreverent upstart. The Super Empath may withdraw and escape, satisfied that they have made their mark and scarred the Greater. The Greater may ultimately recognise that only a stalemate (for now) can ensue and breaks off, discarding the Super Empath and focusses on the acquisition of a new primary source (or more likely the promotion of an already ensnared IPSS). The Greater however will not leave matters there. A note will be made to rejoin battle in due course and bring the Super Empath to heel.

Thus the Empathic Supernova is when the Super Empath determines that enough is enough and he or she reduces their empathic traits, allowing the narcissistic traits to come to the fore and in so doing he or she trains their sights on making life difficult, miserable and awkward for the narcissist. This is why our kind proceed with caution with the Super Empath. Their capacity for sucking up the abusive devaluation and their impressive fuel provision is tempting indeed, but reaching the critical point and causing the ignition of the Empathic Supernova can have dire consequences for our kind.

Not for me of course. I relish the challenge and the assertion of hegemonic dominance. Obviously.

320 thoughts on “The Empathic Supernova

  1. BKRich says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this particular article. I’ve never thought of myself as an Empathic Supernova however it fits me to a T, lol. I’m also magnetic as well, people always want to hug, touch or get next to me in some manner…my Empathic Supernova-Ness is always flipped on when dealing with people though. (I flip it on and off like a light switch-being 51 & having grown up with a covert malignant narc mother, I learned very early on how to play the game. And after reading this article, my Dad also fits the Supernova description.)

    My question to you is “How many attempts will a ‘Greater’ make before he realizes he’s dealing with an Empathic Supernova”?? OR before he realizes that he won’t win? That his prize will be salt poured in his wounds that I inflicted along with several more jabs???

    Lessers and Mid-rangers are easy to send scurrying away. It’s the “Greaters” that to me seem to be gluttons for punishment, lol.

    Thanks in advance!

    1. HG Tudor says:

      There is no set number of occasions because it will depend on other factors applicable to the nature of the fuel matrix, the level of fuel, the form of the responses from the individual who has gone supernova. In certain instances the Greater would keep going for a long time.

      1. BKRich says:

        Thanks HG.
        I’d figured as much last night after asking the question due to my mother being a greater. I just thought she was a special kind of crazy, lol

    2. NarcAngel says:

      The Empathic Supernova is an event and not a classification. The article explains how a Supernova occurs or what leads up to it. You will be either CoDependent, Empath, or Super Empath with additional bolt-ons such as Carrier, Magnet, Saviour, etc. You can search the articles for more specifics on each. Hope that helps. Additionally you can consult with HG (see menu bar) to find out exactly what you are so that you can apply the articles that apply modt to you and your situation.

      1. Windstorm says:

        Hey, don’t forget the contagions!

        1. NarcAngel says:

          I actually was going to mention Contagion but I thought it would further confuse as there is currently no article to point to or search for.

      2. BKRich says:

        Thanks NarcAngel!
        Empathic Supernova might be an event and I guess it’s an event I’m stuck in, one that I live in thrive in 80% of the time, LOL. My eyes are always wide open and I can spot a narc / game within 5 seconds of looking at someone. I shut em down on the spot. I only flip it off when I’m home alone and when I’m with my closest friends.

        Otherwise it would be super empath/ magnetic. People always want to be next to me, walk up and touch me, hug me, talk to me…I find it annoying when strangers want to touch me because most times I feel like I’ve been slimed or rubbed with sand paper, lol. Men always kiss my hands or forehead, women always grab my arm saying “don’t I know you”. I don’t like the attention … it’s like being a movie star without the fortune. My closest friends do relish in all the goodness though. And I am extremely selective of who is in my inner circle.

        No confusion here about “Contagion” as I’m a highly intuitive empath who’s learned to prioritize feelings or energies that I pick up. I feel no fear when watching movies or doing things where any fear is involved though, however I will cry if there’s an intense heart melting moment during a movie. IF I connect with another person who has really good energy, my touch will make them giggle, lol. They giggle, I giggle, we all giggle and get high on giggles, lol

        Thanks for your input NarcAngel!

  2. Alessa says:

    I guess that in this battle the super empath would be the one that gets tired first (I wouldn’t say looses, all the contrary). At the end, as you said is just a phenomenon, since the empath (us) in the bottom needs true love, care and a real couple. Of course we want to give lessons in order to make people improve and make the world better (yes, we neurotically want this). So, at this point the super empath knows the narcissist won’t change, and as soon as we recover a bit of dignity, we will walk away (for the moment, hoping to find what we seek)

    1. kelleygurl116 says:

      @Alessa: It’s not only that we get tired, it’s also that the cognitive dissonance becomes too much to bear and we can’t see the point of holding on to hope any longer. Wanting people to change, to learn, to grow, these are all normal feelings to have for someone we love, but you can’t save what’s unsalvageable, nor someone who doesn’t want to be saved (or doesn’t think there’s any reason to change). At then end, I don’t think we worry about dignity, since many times we don’t have any left – it was taken away with our sense of self – and according to what I’ve read here, many of us just ghost, escape, leave the narc and then try to recover.

  3. Heather says:

    Well that explains some things.

  4. Corky Marie says:

    Not that you need the gold stars to feel all fuzzy but this is amazingly accurate for me. I appreciate the time you’ve put forth in helping the empaths and co-dependents, even if it is for your own personal gain. While reading this I could only think of Saint Michael and how he defeated Lucifer. I imagine Saint Michael as a supernova minus the empath, being that all angels ( dark or light ) were stated to have no human emotions. I think it’s time to buy some books …

    1. HG Tudor says:

      As long as they are mine.

  5. INFP empath says:

    I think I’m probably a super empath. My mother is highly likely a narc, the victim kind, very manipulative, with lots of love for guilt trips with intense desire for admiration especially from outsiders no matter the cost. She uses manipulation a lot on all of her kids and she loved living with me coz I always fell in line. I’m a people pleaser, however now she hates it coz she says that I’ve become impossible. I can live with her downgrades, I have a thick skin for it but I won’t let her do it to people I care for. Now I trade manipulative, guilt tripping jabs with her to make her feel the same way she makes us feel. Now she thinks twice before using her tricks around me. My nex on the other hand had a really hard time downgrading me, for a while he confused me but over the one and a half years we were together I observed him, I learnt him, I saw through his projections and I felt sorry for him. His biggest whine was how self centered I was and that I was on a constant tag of war with him, yet I was also supposedly the greatest love of his life who loved him like no other. I am an empath by all means but I learnt the power of manipulation from my mother and on my father so I used it on my Nex when he wouldn’t let up on me. He was constantly negative about me, how I thought, what I said, how I spoke, my actions, my lack of actions. nothing was right or good enough. My instincts had warned me off him from the start but I didn’t listen coming off a broken past. The beginning was amazing, intense love bombing and incredible sexual chemistry. I thought it was fear and he made me believe I was projecting from my previous relationship. I wanted him to know I loved him, flaws and all, I self reflected over and over and took blame for shit I knew I hadn’t done just to placate him and it got worse. Eventually I just went with the flow, I did it for him before he would. I could sense a fight coming before it even started. Sometimes I thought I was self sabotaging. I used his words against him and questioned his intentions for staying with a person he thought was all those terrible things he accused me of being. He’d go into rages over minute things and sometimes over his own imaginings. I told him he was better off without me and even encouraged him to quit me for his betterment. All this before I knew he was a narc. I thought he was just a broken pitiful guy. Eventually he tried every trick, stonewalling, gaslighting, guilt trips, love bombing, raging, physical abuse and all he got was victimized guilt trips right back and manipulation from me. I realised and figured it was all pointless, he was just getting worse each time so I moved away, blocked his ass and went no contact on him. Now i’m learning about narcs and empaths and it’s a shocker to me, coz at some point i started to worry that i’d stayed too long with a narc and absorbed his narcness. I’m now strengthening my empathness and intuition, trusting my instincts and observing people more. I am guarded though and no redflag will be ignored ever again. I’m done entertaining energy vampires.

  6. kelleygurl116 says:

    Didn’t know there was (yet another) label for me. Accepting it for now. Thanks for all the mental stimulation, keeps me from thinking about “he who shall not be named,”

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