Deanna Troi

In science fiction or speculative science, an empath is a human being or other intelligent organism capable of reading the emotions of others by some form of extrasensory perception. This is distinct from a telepath, which can read thoughts.


In the Star Trek universe, the human/Betazoid ship's counsellor in The Next Generation, Deanna Troi, is an empath (although she is capable of telepathic communication with other Betazoids). An episode of the original Star Trek series (third season) is called "The Empath."