As a highly sensitive therapist, I relate well with others who also identify as highly sensitive
(a unique trait identified in 15-20% of our population).
Need more time to thoughtfully reflect, deeply process,
or make meaning of your experiences?
Notice slight changes in other people and the environment that others don’t notice?
Feel in tune with others’ emotional cues?
Feel a great deal of empathy?
Feel frequently misunderstood?
Feel the need to over-prepare or not good enough?
Feel over-stimulated in moderately stimulating environments? (including clicking, tapping, snoring, bright lights, certain textures, certain smells and tastes?)
NEED quiet time to recharge?
If you scored high on the quiz, you may have this trait (as researched by Dr. Elaine Aron).
The the good news is that this this is a trait (much like having blue eyes). This is NOT a DEFECT or WEAKNESS (although others may have labelled it as such). YOU ARE NOT BROKEN! You are a gift. This trait comes with many benefits, the world needs people like you who are deeply sensing and who can see things from a perspective that many others cannot. You have value and purpose. If this is you. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are others like you!
Processing experiences more intensely can lead to experiencing anxiety and/or depression in greater ways not experienced by those without the sensitivity trait. This can lead to feelings of being misunderstood, judged, or disconnected from others who don't identify as highly sensitive.
Leaning how to nurture and support this trait has helped me tremendously in my personal and professional life.
I am happy to help those who have this trait learn more about it and how they to live purposeful, healthy lives.