There can be many challenges for people who are highly sensitive, including reactions from others (“Why are you so touchy?”), feeling “wrong” and with lower self-esteem in a culture that is so extroverted and high-speed, and being more vulnerable to stress (see my post Sensitive to anxiety).
But there are also many strengths and values, both personally and socially.
Writer Rosalie Smith points out:
“We’re the thinkers, the cautious ones, the conservative people; the ones that say Hey, wait a minute. Let’s think this through before doing something rash.”
She adds, “Every society needs highly sensitive people, just as we need the warriors, the leaders who are ready to take the risks. However, we’re the ones that help to temper the not-so-sensitive types, the ones who can be bold, rash and impulsive and may have not thought things through to the consequences of their actions.”
From her article Highly Sensitive People – Traits and Characteristics.
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Jewel – in her song “I’m Sensitive” – sings:
Oh please be careful with me, I’m sensitive
And I’d like to stay that way…
I have this theory, that if we’re told we’re bad
Then that’s the only idea we’ll ever have…
[Photo from www.facebook.com/jeweljk]
We are not “bad” or “wrong” if we are not the same as the majority, and it can really help to remember that, and celebrate the values of our personality trait of high sensitivity.
Therese Borchard of Beliefnet interviewed me about the trait. Read her questions, and my responses: Gifts and challenges of being highly sensitive.
Originally posted 2010-08-07 12:25:07.