Being a sensitive person and showing your sensitive side is perceived to be a weakness by many. But the truth is, it is the exact opposite of weakness; sensitivity shows what a strong person you are.
In a world that is gradually losing its humanity, being a sensitive person is like being a diamond in a mine. Your soft-hearted nature and pure soul makes you who you are, and what the world needs in these terrible times.
Well, how do you understand a sensitive person? Just like every other human being out there, a sensitive person also exhibits certain traits that set them apart from the crowd. Read on to know more about how sensitive people think and function.
1. You Take Things Personally.
That can be bad for some people, but it’s not. Actually, highly sensitive people tend to understand others better and they are also very helpful! According to research, sensitivity can be perceived as an asset or a negative trait, depending on the culture. For example, in Thailand and India, highly sensitive people are almost never teased. In North America, things are completely different.
2. You Avoid Team Sports.
Highly sensitive people prefer exercising on their own because they don’t want to feel like everyone is watching their every move. Most highly sensitive people tend to occupy individual sports, like bicycling, running and hiking. Nevertheless, we need to understand that this is not what always happens; there are many highly sensitive people who like to participate in team sports. That may be related to how their family supported them when they were kids.
3. Your Emotions Are Really Deep
In fact, highly sensitive people can feel in a deeper way than the ones who are less sensitive. They tend to process things really deeply. As Ted Zeff states: “They’re very intuitive, and go very deep inside to try to figure things out.” Ted Zeff, Ph.D., is the author of The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide and other books on highly sensitive people.
4. You Tend To React More In Tough Situations.
Highly sensitive people are also more reactive. They act with empathy when they listen to a friend’s problem, for example. In addition, they seem to care more about others’ reactions in case something bad happens.
5. You Are Not Too Spontaneous.
On the contrary, highly sensitive people have a hard time making decisions, since they want to check every single detail. This may sound a little anxious, but in fact, careful decisions can save them from a lot of trouble. As Aron writes in a recent issue of her Comfort Zone newsletter, highly sensitive people can find it easier to make a decision by following some steps:
“Take as long to decide as the situation permits, and ask for more time if you need it and can take it. During this time, try pretending for a minute, hour, day, or even week that you have made up your mind a certain way. How does that feel? Often, on the other side of a decision, things look different, and this gives you a chance to imagine more vividly that you are already there.”
6. You Hate It When You Make A Bad Decision.
Highly sensitive people get really annoyed with themselves when they realize that their decision was “wrong” or “bad”, according to their criteria. As Aron explains, the reason why highly sensitive ones can’t stand making a mistake is that “the emotional reactivity is higher”.
7. You Are Very Observant.
In fact, highly sensitive people tend to notice every single detail in a room by the moment they walk into it!
8. People Think You Are Introverted… But Not All Of You Are!
As Aron states, only 30 percent of highly sensitive people are extroverts. What is essential about them is that most of the times these sensitive but extrovert people have grown up in a close-knit community and had the chance to interact with many people.
9. You Can Co-operate Really Well.
As we previously said, highly sensitive people are really careful and watch every detail. That’s why they are also perfect workers. They make good decisions, can take great responsibilities and they are really thoughtful. For example, if a highly sensitive person worked in a medical team, they would be great in counting the positive and negative reasons why a patient should or shouldn’t have surgery.
10. You Suffer From Anxiety And Depression
But that’s true only for those who’ve experienced something bad. According to Aron, “If you’ve had a fair number of bad experiences, especially early in life, so you don’t feel safe in the world or you don’t feel secure at home or … at school, your nervous system is set to ‘anxious,'”. Being surrounded by supportive family members and friends can really help a highly sensitive person face his anxieties and fears. “You can’t over-protect them, but you can’t under-protect them, either. You have to titrate that just right when they’re young so they can feel confident and they can do fine”, Aron explains.
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