For as long as I remember, I've resounded very strongly with the emotions of others. As I've gotten older and had more experience with people, I've learned to avoid certain types of people and to protect myself from picking up on their negative emotion.
So, recently, with my own children, my spouse, a few friends and with birth clients, I've noticed that when they're obviously upset about something, if I touch them (intentionally and instinctively) on the back or on the head, I'm instantly filled with tension/loneliness/fear/anger/worry, minus all the thoughts that usually accompany that emotional sensation. It's like pure emotion, and it's almost instant. Lately, I've found myself doing it purposefully with my two youngest children, and I notice that they go from very distraught to very relaxed more quickly. It helps me to let go of the emotion if I visualize letting it go back to God/the air/whatever.
Am I just a nutcase? Is there a precedent for this kind of sensation? What am I doing?? I'm very curious, and afraid, really, to talk to anyone IRL about it, least I be laughed out of the room.