Exactly what does the phrase Highly Sensitive Person mean to you?
In case you had not noticed, over the last couple of weeks I’ve been teaching classes to Highly Sensitive People on how to best communicate with their trait with other people. Especially in a way that supports both parties making it a win-win for everyone.
But what always comes up is the perception people have about the word “sensitive”.
Does it evoke thoughts of someone who seems to be weak, emotionally unstable or overly dramatic? Take a moment to really think about the meaning of the word sensitive.
Does it mean someone that cries easily, complains on a regular basis or gets offended easily?
The simple truth is there is nothing wrong with being sensitive.
There is certainly nothing inherently bad about the word sensitive either.
The dictionary explains it as;
“Quick to detect or respond to slight changes, signals or influences.”
A Highly Sensitive Person is observant and alert, aware of, conscious of, mindful of small changes around them. This means being tuned into the world as well as every one of its sights, sounds and emotions.
Being a Highly Sensitive Person often means having an appreciation of others feelings. It means being empathic. These are generally essentially positive traits.
The words Highly Sensitive usually receives a bad rap. This is because the phrase sensitive is associated with negative meanings. Research shows about 15-20% of the population is sensitive. It crosses gender and specie boundaries and is something people and critters are born with. Highly Sensitive People process sensory data much more deeply as opposed to others because of differences in their nervous systems.
Do you think you are a Highly Sensitive Person?
Lets’ talk a little bit about us.
- We think deeply about things.
- We hate making the wrong decisions.
- We like to do things correct the first time. “Do it right, do it once”
- We analyze subtle information and also have a difficult time making decisions.
We can become easily overwhelmed by all the information and the details of every piece of information and stimulation which is around us. We may be incessantly bothered if our physical environment feels uncomfortable.
In case you wanted to know more about us.
We are strongly affected and can be impacted by most anything. Whether it is violence or horror on the news, television, movies or social media.
Yet we are also empathetic towards the feelings others have. We love and deeply appreciate music, art and poetry.
Does this seem like it could be you? Then, I actually have even more to share with you about being a very sensitive person.
- You are one of many.
- You are not wrong.
- You are not weird!
- You simply might be highly sensitive.
- It is much like being right-handed or extroverted. It is just something you are born with, and it is in fact not an illness or even a problem. It does not need to be fixed, and you do not have to be cured.
Above all, first and foremost, sensitivity is not a sign of weakness.
It can be life changing to discover that you are a highly sensitive individual.
It can open your eyes to many things about yourself which you never understood.
It will also help you accept yourself more.
Above all it can help you to surround yourself with the people that really get you.