Are You Highly Sensitive?
Jenna Avery, CLC, Life Coach for Sensitive Souls
often feel overwhelmed by your environment or the people around you?
Has anyone ever called you shy – or worse: “too sensitive”? Do you care
deeply about EVERYTHING? You may be a highly sensitive soul – a person
of deep empathy and high intensity, with powerful intuition, awareness,
result of constant stimuli, you may feel easily overwhelmed or unable
to cope. Things can be particularly confusing when others seem
unperturbed by the same experiences. For example, your friends might be
able to shop all day, go out to dinner, and then head to a loud party.
For you, that would be unbearable.
highly sensitive comes with a number of gifts, as well as challenges.
See if any of these highly sensitive qualities resonate strongly with
aensitive soul, you have great emotional passion, intensity, and depth.
You may have been told that your emotions are “too much.” You are
sensitive, caring, and easily affected by the energy and emotions of
others. These qualities make it easy to lose touch with your needs and
sensitive soul is intuitive, highly aware, and keenly observant of the
subtleties of your environment, including energy, light, noise, smell,
texture, and temperature. You may also be empathic or even psychic.
Your perceptive skills operate in the physical, intellectual,
emotional, and spiritual realms. You tie together things you see into
complex and original concepts. This makes you a visionary.
you receive so much information from your surroundings, your threshold
for what’s “too much” is significantly lower than for those around you.
This means: a) You may be seen as shy or timid; and b) You may feel
uncomfortably dissimilar to others because you respond so differently
sensitive soul makes a great employee. You concentrate intensely and
process multi-source information deeply. However, you require privacy,
uninterrupted time, and little or no pressure in order to do your best
highly sensitive soul, you have a passion for beauty, art, and
aesthetics. You may be highly artistic and creative yourself. You
easily create beauty and comfort. Seeing things “out of alignment” can
actually be physically or psychically distressing.
likely have a rich, complex inner life and are highly imaginative. You
may find it challenging to connect to “real world” priorities and
70% of highly sensitive souls are introverted. But even extroverted
sensitives need downtime to rejuvenate, often in a darkened, quiet room.
are highly sensitive, you experience a profound spiritual connection
with the divine and/or spiritual realm. You “see” a lot in what appears
common. Because of this you may feel impatient with the truly mundane.
to thrive as a highly sensitive soul presents challenges. If you’re
sensitive, you have likely accumulated years of training in trying
overcome the trait because you don’t “fit in” with society. And yet
being highly sensitive is a vital part of you.
Copyright 2004-2005, Jennifer Avery, All rights reserved.
Jenna Avery is
a highly sensitive coach and intuitive who offers an original coaching
program called Embrace Your
Essential Self, designed to guide sensitive souls to find a deep
sense of inner rightness within themselves so they are inspired to step
forward and shine.
Jenna is a Certified Life Coach
based in Berkeley,
California. She can be reached at 510.528.1696. You’re invited to take
her free online assessment: "Is Your
Sensitivity Working For You?" on her website at www.highlysensitivesouls.com
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