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No, You Are Not “Overly Sensitive”

No You Are Not Overly Sensitive

Has anyone told you that you are too sensitive, or that you overreact sometimes? Well, you are not too sensitive and sensitivity has more benefits than you’d realize.

Well, everyone has their own reactions. Some of us are more sensitive than others. There is nothing wrong with the skill you’re born with. Being sensitive and empathetic is a blessing rather than a curse.

I’m happy to share this selection from Thriving as an Empath with you: Many of us have received messages from parents, teachers, friends, or the media that being sensitive is a fault or weakness.

It’s important to gently re-evaluate old ideas about yourself such as “Im too sensitive,” “There’s something wrong with me,” or “I must develop a thicker skin.” These shaming messages are not true. You are a strong, compassionate person, a blessing to others.

No, You Are Not “Overly Sensitive”
No, You Are Not “Overly Sensitive”

Related: The 7 Superpowers of Sensitive Souls

No, You Are Not Too Sensitive

Although society may say you’re “too sensitive” and suggest that you “toughen up,” I encourage you to develop your sensitivities even more, yet stay centered with them.

Being an empath is a huge asset when you learn to manage it. You’re not crazy, “neurotic,” a hypochondriac, or weak. You are a wonderful, sensitive person with a gift.

Your intuition and your refined sensitivities are healing. I want you to appreciate yourself, your openness, and ability to feel. Realize how special and perfect you are.

Related: 14 Signs You’re An Emotionally Intelligent Person

When you really see yourself, you can connect with the wholeness and depth within. Then you can enjoy your empathy–that’s the point. Not everyone will understand you, but that’s okay. Search for kindred spirits who will, and you will understand them too. It’s a beautiful feeling of connection.

No, You Are Not “Overly Sensitive”
You Are Not Too Sensitive: Benefits Of Being Sensitive

Empaths often develop low self-esteem from society’s putdowns. Whenever someone criticizes your sensitivity, don’t believe them. You might even respond with kindness, “I value my sensitive side. Please respect this.” Or, if these critical voices arise in your own head, take a breath and regroup.

Simply say to them, “Stop bothering me. Go away!” Then immediately tell yourself, “My empathy is a strength.” Saying “no” to these inner and outer negative voices will build your self-esteem.

Take some quiet moments to reflect on your empathic gifts: your intuition, depth, creativity, compassion, and desire to better the world. Let yourself experience their worth.

Related: 17 Signs You Are A Highly Sensitive Person

You Are Not Too Sensitive
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It’s crucial to realize that nothing on the outside–no substance, person, job, or amount of money–can make you feel comfortable with yourself and your sensitivities. Happiness is an inside job. You must learn to know, love, and accept yourself, a life-long process of discovery.

Loving oneself isn’t always easy, but it is a worthy goal. With self-compassion, you can thrive as a sensitive person and enjoy your gifts.

Related: How To STOP Overthinking As A Highly Sensitive Person

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior but yourself.”

No, You Are Not “Overly Sensitive”
No, You Are Not Too Sensitive

Here is an excerpt from Thriving as an Empath.

I am enough.
I don’t have to prove my worth to anyone
I don’t have to be someone I’m not.
I don’t have to pretend I’m not sensitive or smile when I’m unhappy.
I am pleased with myself.
I love myself
I am grateful for the opportunity of my life

Set your intention. I will not buy into any belief that doesn’t affirm the worth of my sensitivity, compassion, and love. I will be empathic in my own life and advocate these values in the world.

Are you one of those sensitive souls? If you found this relatable and insightful, share it with your family and friends.

Written By: Judith Orloff. M. D
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No, You Are Not “Overly Sensitive”

Dr. Judith Orloff

Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her new book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating highly sensitive, empathic people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a popular TEDX talk. Her other books are Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People, The Empowered Empath’s Journal, Emotional Freedom and Guide to Intuitive Healing. Explore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule on View Author posts