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Are You Highly Sensitive? Tips for Coping when the World Overwhelms You

The label, “highly sensitive person,” was originated by Dr. Elaine N. Aron. People who are highly sensitive tend to be overwhelmed by their senses in every sense of the word. They tend to be sensitive to pain, other people’s daily moods, loud noises, and violence. The highly sensitive person tends to be conscientious, worried about personal fallacy or transgression, and anxious or nervous. Moreover, highly sensitive people often are introspective and have deep, complex emotional selves.

Who is the Highly Sensitive Person?
In general, highly sensitive people make up about fifteen to twenty percent of the population. In the past, sensitivity has often been associated with weakness or emotional frailty. However, because highly sensitive people have a deep awareness of stimuli in their environments, they often have great conversation recall, make great artists and writers, and can be very understanding or caring toward others in their personal space.

Dr. Elaine Aron’s book, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, helps people confront their extreme sensitivity and points out that sensitivity is not a bad personality trait. In fact, Dr. Aron relates that sensitivity is often directly correlated with intellectual prowess.

Extroverted or Introverted?
In addition, despite the misconception that most highly sensitive people are introverts because of their tendency to be reclusive, timid, or coy, many of these individuals are in fact extroverts who are only inhibited by their surroundings when wrong set of circumstances or stimuli mitigate their candor or charisma.   That is, they become overwhelmed by combinations of sensory input, such as sounds, sights, or memories.  These kinds ofstimuli cause them to withdraw from certain situations.

Examples of Highly Sensitive People

1.       Abraham Lincoln

2.       Carl Jung

3.       John Lennon

4.       Steven Spielberg

5.       Jewel

6.       Albert Einstein

7.       Nicole Kidman

8.       Emily Dickinson

Optimal Performance
The highly sensitive person tends to perform best when they establish a pattern or regular course of action. They often need to establish healthy diets, regular exercise routines, a course of spirituality, a forum to relinquish thoughts and feelings (whether through a confidante, an online journal, or through a personal diary). When highly sensitive people do not take proper care of their bodies and establish a course to follow, they tend to become overwhelmed more easily by their surroundings and day-to-day activities.

Tips for Coping

        1. Establish a regular routine to follow. 
        2. Be sure to get a good amount of sleep each night.
        3. Eat healthy.
        4. Take regular breaks at work or in your studies. 
        5. Write in a diary or journal each day as a way to relinquish your feelings and thoughts.
        7. When feeling overwhelmed by stimuli in your environment, politely excuse yourself from
            the situation.
        8. If possible, spend time conversing with other people who share your personality traits. 
        9. Be assertive in letting people know if something is bothersome or makes you anxious.
      10. Listen to yourself and take care of your physical and emotional needs.

Highly sensitive people can, in fact, thrive in a world that often seems overwhelming to them.  Simply following some of these tips will ensure that these individuals can cope effectively with the demands of their environments.

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