Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by sights or sounds?
Are you sensitive to bright lights, rough or itchy fabrics, loud sounds, or strong smells?
Are you aware of things—like smells or sounds or moods—in your environment that seem to be subtle to others but are very noticeable to you?
Do you feel overwhelmed when asked to do a lot of things at once?
Do you feel deeply moved by music or art?
Are you deeply affected by other people’s moods?
Do you sometimes need quiet or alone time to recharge or find balance?
When you were a child, did your parents or teachers tend to describe you as sensitive or shy?
If you answered yes to many of these questions, you may be a sensitive or highly sensitive person. To see the full “Are You Highly Sensitive” online test by Dr. Elaine Aron, who began the study of the temperament trait of high sensitivity, click here. Research has shown that about 40 percent of people are sensitive, and about 20 percent are highly sensitive.
In a not-very-sensitive world, sensitives are sometimes taught to think something is wrong with us. We may feel disconnected or misunderstood, when actually our sensitivity is a gift.
Being sensitive means you are aware—aware of subtleties, aware of physical and emotional feelings.
You have a felt sense of things.
As a highly sensitive person myself, I work with other sensitives to help you become conscious of the gifts of your sensitivity, how it’s affecting you, and how you can find more ease and comfort in a not-always-sensitive world.
You have gifts to offer this world. The ways you perceive and the ways you feel are among those gifts. We can work together to understand and embrace sensitivity.