When you walk into a room, what’s the first thing you notice?

Is it what you can see, hear, or touch? Do you notice the color of the walls or the sound of a ringing phone?

Or is the first thing you notice something far less tangible… something like a feeling within the room?

If so, you might be clairsentient.

And if you are wondering whether you’re clairsentient, you have come to the right place!

In this article, we’ll cover the top 18 signs that you might be clairsentient. And we’ll even give you some tips for developing your ability further.

If you want to discover more about the best psychic readings in the industry, we have a guide for that too.

But before we start, let’s uncover what it means to have this psychic power:

What Is the Definition of Clairsentience?

Clairsentience is one of the 6 ‘Clair abilities’ which include:

  • Clairsentience – ‘clear feeling’
  • Clairvoyance – ‘clear vision’ (find out more here)
  • Clairaudience – ‘clear hearing’ (read more here)
  • Clairalience – ‘clear smelling’
  • Clairgustance – ‘clear tasting’
  • Claircognizance – ‘clear knowing’

And people who have the gift of clairsentience are able to feel the present, past or future physical and emotional states of others, without the use of the normal five senses (smell, vision, touch, hearing, and taste).

So, are clairsentients and empaths the same thing?

As one of the lesser-known psychic powers, people often believe that clairsentients are exactly the same as empaths.

And that makes sense. After all, both an empath and clairsentient psychic is able to feel the emotions of others. But a true clairsentient can go even further.

Let’s break it down:

Empath Clairsentient

Can usually sense emotions in people as they occur, if they are nearby.

Can feel the emotions of people:

  • both near and far
  •  and in the past, present, or future

May be able to sense the emotions of animals as they occur, if they are nearby.

Can feel the residual energy of places and objects

May be able to sense the energy of objects and places

Can pick up feelings from animals, spirits, and other non-human entities

Can receive psychic insights based on what they feel

But, is there a crossover between the two gifts?

Absolutely! By definition, all clairsentients are empaths… they just have extra gifts too.

And many people who believe that they are empaths are actually capable of clairsentience.  They just haven’t developed their abilities yet.

OK, it’s a little confusing. But nothing is really straightforward in the world of psychic abilities! And this means that there are often tricky crossovers to navigate.

But now that we’ve looked at what a clairsentient is, it’s time to find out whether you could have this ability.

Signs You Might Be Clairsentient

Unfortunately, there is no clairsentience test that is 100% foolproof. But there are many signs that you clairsentient.

Now, before we start, it’s important to state that some of these signs apply to empaths too. In fact, our first 8 points are at least somewhat true for empaths.

And just to make things even more interesting, not every clairsentient display all of the signs.

So, before you declare yourself as clairsentient, read to the end of the list.

If you find that there are multiple signs pointing towards you having clairsentience, try some of our tips for developing your abilities which can be found at the end of this list. Also, you might be interested in reading more about other psychic abilities which you can discover in this article.

Ready? Let’s make a start:

1. You Have Great Instincts About People, Places, and Situations

Have you ever entered a room and immediately felt uneasy? Or known exactly who to ask for help when you were lost?

Well, this could be a sign of clairsentience.

You see, clairsentients have a great deal of intuition and this helps easily pick up on danger. And they often instinctively know who to trust.

Because of this uncanny ability, clairsentience is often described as having ‘a sixth sense’.

So, if you have a gut feeling that something isn’t right, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts and keep yourself safe.

Remember, you never need to remain in a situation you’re uncomfortable with in order to be polite.

And that brings us on to our next point:

2. You’re Selective of the People You Spend Time With

Do you find yourself avoiding certain people for no verifiable reason? That could be because you’re clairsentient.

In fact, if you have clairsentience traits, you might find that you’re very selective about the people you spend time with. And why wouldn’t you be? After all, you have great instincts!

So, listen to your gut feelings, and avoid those people that make you feel uncomfortable.

3. You Can Easily Sense the Energy Within a Room

Clairsentients’ are brilliant at sensing energy. They feel it, they absorb it, and they are even drawn towards it.

So, you’ve ever walked into a room and just known that the occupants have been arguing.

Or have stepped into an empty room and felt an overwhelming feeling of love, laughter, or joy… you might just be clairsentient!

4. You Feel Other People’s Emotional and Physical Pain

When your best friend split up with her first boyfriend, did you feel like your heart was breaking too? Or when your brother broke his leg, did the pain make your eyes sting?

Well, in that case…you guessed it, you might be clairsentient.

You see, whilst most people sympathize with the pain of others, empaths and clairsentients share that pain. They really feel it.

And that can take its toll on you. So try to make time for you.

Run a bath, read a book, or listen to your favorite music. Just because you can feel the pain of others, doesn’t mean you always should.

5. You Always Have a Hunch About How Someone Is Feeling

Happy, sad, frustrated, or bored… you don’t need words to understand how the people around you are feeling.

Does this sound familiar?

Well, that might be because you are clairsentient. And for people who are clairsentient, emotions are as easy to read as the smile on someone’s face.

6. You Understand People’s Problems Easily

When people tell you their problems, do you just get it? Even if they struggle to put their feelings into words?

That could be because you are using a form of psychic sensing along with your listening skills.

And that can help you to get to the crux of a problem quickly… even if you’re not aware of what you’re doing!

This is a fabulous gift to have, but if all your friends turn to you for advice, it can be a little overwhelming. So, don’t be afraid to say no once in a while.

7. You Understand People’s True Intentions

Sometimes, people hide their true intentions even from themselves. But there is no pulling the wool over your eyes.

So, if your friend says they’re only texting their ex because they want their favorite shirt back… you might know they’re going to get hurt.

Or if your colleague says they are just going to have one drink at the bar… you might understand that they’re likely to get steaming drunk.

The only question is, do you tell them or let them figure it out on their own?

8. You Have an Extraordinary Ability to Empathize with Others

OK, so you might have noticed that all the points so far have had something in common: they all relate in some way to your ability to empathize.

And that’s because one of the key indications of clairsentient ability is an uncanny ability to tune into the feelings of others.

So, if people are always telling you how empathetic you are, that’s a sure sign that you might be clairsentient.

9. Emotional Movies Make You Cry, and You Find It Difficult to Watch the News

If you find yourself crying at movies and the 6 o’clock news, you might be more than sensitive. You could be picking up on the emotions on-screen.

And sometimes, that sucks! It means choosing between missing out on movies with friends or crying into your popcorn.

But whilst it would be great to sit through the Lion Kind without sobbing like a baby, your ability to feel emotions can make you more altruistic.

Which leads us onto our next clairsentience sign:

10. You Like to Help People

For many clairsentients, the ability to feel other people’s emotions leads to a desire to help.

After all, it’s difficult to ignore the pain in the world when you literally feel it.

And that means that clairsentients are often super caring people. And they might even gravitate to careers where they can put their skills in action, like nursing or teaching.

But an enhanced ability to empathize isn’t all good. In fact, you might even find that your powers become overwhelming at times.

And that brings us to our next point:

11. You Feel Drained after Being in Large Groups of People

Having psychic abilities that allow you to pick up on emotions can be tiring at the best of times. But when you’re in a large group, you can easily become emotionally drained.

After all, there is a lot of energy in a group. Some people might be sad, others might be happy. But clairsentients pick up on it all.

And that cocktail of emotion is a lot to take in! Which leads us to…

12. You Are Sensitive to Your Own Feelings

Do people often say you’re too sensitive? Do you experience mood swings that can’t be explained?

Well, you could just be a particularly emotional person. Or it could be because you’re clairsentient.

You see, constantly picking up on other people’s energy is tiring. And that can leave you with little energy to work through your own emotions.

So, if you think you might be clairsentient, try to schedule in regular time for self-care. This will help you to recharge your psychic battery and feel calmer within yourself.

OK, so whilst many of the above points can also apply to empaths, the following signs point more strongly towards clairsentient ability.

Are you ready to see if you recognize yourself in any of these traits?

13. You Have Extreme Sensitivity to Your Own Environment

Clairsentients are extremely sensitive in lots of ways. And for many, this extends to temperature and light.

Generally speaking, clairsentients tend to avoid dark places and gravitate towards the light.

And they have little tolerance for very hot or cold temperatures.

Interesting, right?

OK, what’s next?

14. You’re Fascinated by Things That Are Ancient or Historical in Nature

Because clairsentients have the ability to read energy from the past, they are often drawn to old objects, buildings, and sites.

You see, all that stored up energy calls to them like a beacon…

So, if you find yourself visiting museums, antique shops, or historical tourist sites on a regular basis, you might well be clairsentient.

15. You Think About Things Deeply

Have you always been a deep thinker? Do you ponder the meaning behind anything and everything?

Well, that might not be surprising.

After all, clairsentience is a powerful gift. And, when you spend so much of your life picking up the emotional energies of people and places, it makes sense that you’d want to question the world.

So whether it’s philosophy, history, or science that interests you, consider whether your intrigue is down to your psychic ability.

And all that deep thinking leads us onto our next point:

16. You Are Often Told That You Are Wise

If people often comment on how wise you are, they might just be picking up on your clairsentience.

And from intuitively understanding how people feel, to thinking deeply about life and the universe, it’s true that clairsentients often appear wiser than their years.

But there might be an additional reason why people see you as wise. Which brings us to sign 17:

17. Sometimes You Just Know Things

Remember when we said that there are six Clair abilities? Well, clairsentients often have another of these gifts: Claircogninanze.

Also known as the gift of ‘clear-knowing’, claircognizance is the ability to just know something.

For example, you might know that your sister is pregnant before she even pees on a stick. Or you might know that your friend is about to receive bad news an hour before the phone rings.

You see, claircognizance goes hand in hand with clairsentience as they both rely on picking up information without using our senses.

So, if your intuitive feelings are sometimes accompanied by a sense of knowing, you might have both of these abilities.

And that’s not the only dual gift you might have…many clairsentients can sense spirits too:

18. You Feel a Strong Connection with Spirits

Can you sense ghosts, spirits, angels, or any other non-physical entity? Do you often feel a presence when you are home alone?

Well, that could be a sign that you’re clairsentient.

OK so you might be thinking: “wait, I thought that mediums were the type of psychic who can contact the dead?”

And you would be right!

But as with many psychic abilities, there are crossovers. And a clairsentient medium is just as likely to pick up on the energies of the deceased as any other psychic mediums.

OK, so you tick some of the boxes for clairsentience – congratulations! You might want to check out online psychic reading jobs so that you can profit from your talent.

But, what if you want to grow your abilities?

Clairsentience Development

Clairsentience involves feeling the energy of someone, or something else.

So if you are interested in developing clairsentience into something you can control, it is important to mentally prepare.

To do this you can:

– Practice clearing your mind

By focusing on clearing your mind of distractions, you will be more equipt to notice the feelings and energies around you

– Meditating

Not only does meditation help you to relax, but it can also make you more in tune with the energy around you.

You see, spiritual energy vibrates at a high frequency. And by meditating, you increase your own energy which helps you to become more attuned to the psychic world.

OK so you’re relaxed and your vibrations are high. What else can you do:

– Be aware of your own feelings

By making a conscious effort to understand your own feelings, you are more likely to recognize when you are feeling the energy of someone else.

So try to stop and consider your emotional state regularly. Are you stressed? Content? How does it feel?

– Talk to people with similar experiences

Sharing your journey can help you to pick up on helpful tips and tricks to help you grow more attuned to your gifts.

So, consider joining a group or signing up for a psychic development course.

– Keep a journal

Sometimes developing psychic abilities can feel like a slow process.

By keeping a journal you can look back on your progress as time goes on. And this can help you to recognize how far you’ve come.

– Try to sense energy from a personal object

Like all skills, clairsentience can be improved with practice. So if you are thinking, “I fit most of the points listed above, but am I clairsentient?” Try practicing your technique.

A great place to start is by reading objects. Simply pick something up and see if you can sense any feelings or emotions radiating from within.

Pro tip: emotionally charged objects like wedding rings are often the easiest objects to read.

– Practice reading people

Like reading objects, reading people is a way to strengthen your psychic muscles.

So, grab a friend and get practicing!

– And always remember to use your skills for good

Psychic ability relies on karmic balance. So if you want to improve, make sure you are using your skills for good.

Now as we have seen, clairsentience can be emotionally taxing. So if you want a way to switch off your abilities for a while, you might find it helpful to try:

– Using creativity to express your emotions

Art, creative writing, and making music are all great ways of discharging some of your built-up emotions.

So, if you find yourself overwhelmed, try doing something creative for a little while.

– Reading a book

If you are feeling drained try getting lost in a good book. For many clairsentients, this is the perfect way to switch off and unwind.

– Listening to peaceful music

Listening to peaceful music can be a great way to decompress…. especially if you have been picking up on the energy of others all day.

So choose a good playlist and head somewhere where you can be alone. You can always go back to building your abilities when you feel calmer.

– And, be grateful for your gift

Sometimes, being clairsentient is tough. And that can leave us feeling dejected or even angry at our abilities.

And in our experience, the best way to cope with these feelings is to remember all the good things about your power. The people you can help, and the understanding you can gain.

Before long, you’ll be happy that you have such a wonderful ability again.

But what if you’re still struggling, is there anything else you can do to manage your powers?

Yes, luckily there are a couple of ancient techniques you could try:

 Making a crystal grid

A crystal grid is a specially made arrangement of crystals that can provide psychic protection.

Or balancing your heart chakra

Your heart chakra is connected to your emotional health. By balancing it, you can better control your emotions…. And the emotions you pick up from others.

OK, so there we have it, 18 signs that you might be clairsentient. Plus a few ways to develop and manage your powers.

So, what do you think? Could you be clairsentient?

Let us know in the comments!