Personally, I like the term 'e-closet'. So many people feel ashamed about being an Empath as if though it's a bad thing. It does not make you in league with Satan or evil. In fact, more likely the opposite. Empaths will be more likely to help you than hinder you.
Human bodies are seen as commodities by denizens of the astral world. By binding a soul (that is, imprisoning them so they are trapped or under their control) they gain access to bodies which they can then use for whatever purpose is intended.