Highly Sensitive People
When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy?
Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?
Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows?
Do you need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation?
Do you make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations?
Do you notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art?
Do you have a rich and complex inner life?
These are just a few of the characteristics of this trait and keep in mind that just like all human characteristics not everyone who has this trait has everything associated with it. If you'd like to take a self test to further help you decide if you are a highly sensitive person, you can find it here.
High sensitivity, also known as Sensory Processing Sensitivity, is a trait that we are born with or not, just like being an extrovert or an introvert. This isn't a new trait but one that wasn't well researched until the 1990's and is a trait that both men and women possess.
This isn't a "disorder" or something that needs to be fixed but it is often misunderstood and feels like it can be a curse as well as a blessing. Often our emotions, both the positive ones and the negative ones, are intense and can feel out of our control. Often we see the world in such detail and observe so much that it can be over stimulating or overwhelming. Often we have such deep empathy that it can feel like too much to bear.
On the other hand, these traits are also often our biggest gift. We tend to be the people that others want to talk to or confide in. We tend to be able to understand exactly how someone is feeling and are able to relate to them better than anyone else. We feel deeply and we connect deeply.
But having this trait and not understanding it or not being able to feel like you have a good handle on the intensity of your emotions can feel like it is ruining your life.
We can help you identify if you have this trait, help you understand the in's and out's of it, and teach you how to get to a place where you feel as if you have a firm grasp on how to best use it as the gift it is. Contact us now to start down a really wonderful path of self discovery and making your life the best it can be!