Empathy has been my latest prey to research on and some charecteristics of an empath sounds like myself. For me, I can always get a good sense on how people are feeling. Whether it is depressed, sick, tired, happy, etc. In my elementary school years I remember always ending up talking to someone about their feelings at recess; like I knew that they were sad or angry about something.
The only thing that makes me doubt if I am indeed an empath is that I don't always recieve those emotions from the person. It is more like seeing someone holding a red flag saying "I'm sad!" or "I'm angry!"
I don't know if this is just me making a good guess, or a small form of empathy. I'd love to here all of your thoughts!!