[She] is sensitive, and that is her superpower. The opposite of sensitive is not brave. It's not brave to refuse to pay attention, to refuse to notice, to refuse to feel and know and imagine. The opposite of sensitive is insensitive, and that's no badge of honor.
- Glennon Doyle
You notice every slight change in facial expressions. You detect subtle shifts in a room’s vibe. Large gatherings of people are exhausting. You pick up on emotional content from people around you with painful accuracy…whether you know them or not. Violent or emotionally charged movies or television content disturbs you with an intensity that others just don’t get.
Textures and tastes are annoyingly obvious. Room temperature is a big deal. When you walk into a room seemingly tiny details beg your attention. Chaos is HARD on you.
Some nervous systems are more sensitive to internal and external stimuli. Their bodies and minds are more sensitive to their environment in ways that makes the person more susceptible to the negative experiences of stress, anxiety, depression, exhaustion and other challenges. The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) also tends to be creative, intuitive, show high levels of integrity and openness. As with most things in life, every gift has a dark…or challenging…side. Learning to love and lead yourself well is paying attention to your gifts and growing your ability to care deeply for the challenges of those gifts.
If you think you might be a person with greater sensitivity to this big, brutiful (beautiful and brutal) world, having a therapist who is experienced working with the Highly Sensitive Person will be an incredible way to care for yourself. A therapist can skillfully help you understand your sensitivities and how to care for them with love, grace, and boundaries.
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