Why Am I So Sensitive? Here’s What a Clinical Psychologist Says

Why Am I So Sensitive? Here’s What a Clinical Psychologist Says

I didn’t really have a name for it for many years, but I’ve recently learned I’m a “highly sensitive person” (HSP).

I’ve also learned that although it’s distressing at times, it has its advantages.

This great article by Rebecca Norris explains what it is and how you can capitalise on the good, while managing the not so good …

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why am I so sensitive?” If so, know that you’re not alone and that it’s not a downfall; it’s a scientific phenomenon widely experienced by folks all over the world. According to clinical psychologist Jenny Yip, PsyD, emotionally sensitive individuals tend to have more rigid thinking patterns.

“People who have more flexibility in their thinking are able to come to other conclusions of what other people might mean when they do or say certain things,” says Dr. Yip. A person who is highly sensitive, however, often believes that the motive behind another person’s actions and words is highly personal.

“People who are emotionally sensitive tend to personalize, blame, and be self-critical, and judgmental,” says Dr. Yip. “They can often have a lot of social anxiety about being perceived in a negative light.”

Because of this, she explains that highly-sensitive people often feel hurt emotionally. “It is a temperament, yes, but it’s also due to environmental factors that have reinforced your sensitivity,” says Dr. Yip. Think: abusive relationships and neglectful parents, among other situations.

The benefits of being a highly sensitive person

The silver lining of being a highly sensitive person (HSP) is that it often translates to being highly empathic, Dr. Yip says. Likely due to being highly in tune with their own feelings and anxieties, highly-sensitive people can easily relate to people experiencing anxiety, depression, and loss, as well as happier, more light-hearted emotions. “Being a highly sensitive person means you’re more aware of your emotions, which allows you to be more thoughtful and considerate of others’ emotions,” says Dr. Yip…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE