Do you feel your emotions on a deep level and absorb the feelings of others?
Is your inner life rich and complex?
Do you get easily overwhelmed when you have too much to do or are in an over stimulating environment?
What does it mean to be a highly sensitive person?
Highly sensitive people process and reflect on information more deeply, whether this information is sensory or emotional. This sensitivity is common and can be found in 15-20% of the population.
If you are a highly sensitive person, you may get overwhelmed more easily and feel overstimulated if a situation is too intense, complex, or chaotic. You may feel rattled if you have a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time.
Although this trait is not a new discovery, it has long been misunderstood. People often label their highly sensitive peers as shy or introverted, when in fact the shyness in learned and not innate. Highly sensitive people tend to withdraw as a way to protect themselves from the discomfort of overstimulation.
Highly sensitive people may suffer from secondary issues, such as low self-esteem. Being told repeatedly to “stop being so sensitive,” could cause them to feel abnormal and inadequate.
In reality, high sensitivity is not a negative trait. Highly sensitive people have the capacity to feel others’ pain on a deep level, which may prompt them to reach out to others and dedicate themselves to global causes. They also have a unique ability to enjoy deep relationships with themselves and others.
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If you or a loved one is a highly sensitive person, therapy can help you navigate your emotions and develop tools to minimize the overwhelm and maximize the benefits of being sensitive by strengthening your relationship with yourself and other people.
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