I know I'm a highly sensitive person and an empath to some degree. I usually just try to focus on trivial things and I mean focus! so that the emotions of others don't completely overwhelm me. I learned to grow the E side of me in order to grow my own type of "energy" per say? So that I can live off new upbeat emotions rather than what others experience. I also used to distance myself from others but this ended disastrously because I lost human connection; I think we all thrive for this. Other than that I can't really say much more other than I had a long discussion about this with my psychology teacher and trying to figure out if it would be listed under disorder. We both think that it may be something that people in a hunter gatherer society learned to developed and initially had a use for in order to help out in situations that involved mutual understandings among other things.