Empaths have a morbid fear of expressing their real feelings and emotions, as it’s socially unacceptable. It’s a learnt behaviour that follows mass consciousness imprints, programs and beliefs, and a moral code of conduct that is essentially the dictates of organized religion, government, the legal system and the media. Being real and expressing the truth is frowned upon, while lies and denials are tolerated. Small children are about the only ones to speak the truth in the moment. It’s easier to be real(er) with strangers than with one’s intimate partner.