Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? That’s OK

“No. I’m not insulted at all when people call me sensitive. Feeling things deeply is my super power. I’m an empathetic badass.” – Unknown
It’s been said. I cry at everything. Happy or sad. If there’s any type of emotion involved, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be balling (and by that I do not mean rolling in money).
Through life, it’s always been reinforced that this is a weakness and one that needs to be hidden, not embraced. In fact, thinking about it… ‘successful’ people (I apostrphize because I have no idea what the real definition of this even is) are always portrayed as having no emotions. Because, surely, any emotion that reaches the surface is simply getting in the way of our next goal, right?
As Elena Herdieckerhoff so perfectly put it: “Sensitivity clearly has a PR problem”.

To have emotions for yourself and your own situation is one thing. It’s natural, it’s inevitable but it’s also just as important as those same feelings we may have towards others and their situations: fictional or not. Can we talk about when Marley & Me came out? I was broken for weeks…

It’s easy to assume that we have no control over our feelings or that we are ‘fragile’ but actually, the qualities of a self confessed sensitive soul are highly sought after. I don’t believe that having empathy for other beings can ever be a bad thing. It’s rather funny that being sensitive is seen as a weakness and yet the ability to ‘put yourself in someone else’s shoes’ is a characteristic that people look for, not only in the work place, but relationships too. Really, they go hand in hand. You can’t put yourself in someone’s shoes if you have no empathy for them, can you?
The truth is, being sensitive, for the most part, isn’t about tears, being easily offended or overreacting, it’s a part of us sensitives that we should be encouraged to embrace! We can notice little details that nobody else can, lend a helping hand or just a shoulder to cry on because we care. Oh boy, do we care.
“Highly sensitive” people actually make up for 15-20% of the population and so the idea that we need to “get a grip” in order to function properly in the real world is ludicrous. Being sensitive is a part of me and a part of so many others and so we’re denying ourselves the realness and diversity in human nature by supressing those who feel so deeply. The world needs sensitives.
So hand me the tissues and if you need me, I’ll be curled up on the sofa sobbing at The Jeremy Kyle Show and you know what? I’m not even sorry about it.

 

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