High sensitivity to other people’s emotions can be a powerful asset for teachers, managers, therapists, and others.
HSPs simply expend more energy in processing their environments.
Over the last four plus years, Tim has had to learn how to live with this Highly Sensitive Person.
These traits might be due to biological differences in an HSP’s nervous system.
I tend to dabble a little in HSP territory myself, so I started thinking about the ways being a sensitive person in general can affect how you are in relationships.
I used to understand myself as a pretty extreme introvert.
But two years ago, I learned that my behaviours and tendencies are due to more than that.
Whenever I got excited, I would flap my arms, like I was young chick taking off for flight … I still do that, to some extent, but I manage to keep the arm movements to a minimum extension.
I am easily excitable, a “highly sensitive person,” as defined by Elaine Aron in her bestseller, This is not a terrible curse.
It is not the sensitive person who is broken, it is society’s understanding that has become dysfunctional and emotionally incapacitated.
There is zero shame in expressing your authentic feelings.
We were both aware that I was more sensitive than your average person. But I was also sensitive to my physical surroundings. Most perfumes and colognes would give me headaches.