I’ve never met anyone who enjoys being called “too sensitive”. For a woman in our culture, the label suggests you are touchy, overemotional, fragile, or even neurotic. For a man, the “too sensitive” label is even more damning: it implies you are weak.
For those of us who are born with the genetic trait of high sensitivity, the “too sensitive” label creates an impossible bind. We can’t help the way we are built. It’s a fact that compared to the majority of people, we are more keenly aware of our own feelings and the feelings of others. We do spend more time pondering the deeper meaning of life. We are more likely to take our time before acting. And in highly stimulating situations, we get overwhelmed more easily than most people. [Read more…]