When I was a child I was repeatedly told â€śI would have to toughen up to live in this worldâ€ť and have sometimes struggled to come to terms with the measure of sensitivity I experience.Â For many years I perceived it as a very real disadvantage especially as I was hugely affected by loss of sleep and all kinds of travel. Â After beginning to get regular Chiropractic Care in my early twenties (de-stressing the nervous system) I began to manage the situation better. Â In later years, after coming to terms with the idea of hypersensitivity and seeing there were also advantages, I began to see it as a gift.Â I had never heard or read anything about Highly Sensitive People so was amused recently when I came across information about such people â€“ maybe this is new to you too!
Elaine Aron, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist based in San Francisco and author of The Highly Sensitive Person, first identified as what she calls the “Highly Sensitive Personality” in an academic paper in the early ’90s. According to Aron, what all highly sensitive people share is an uncommon ability to pick up on subtleties that others might miss – a look, a feeling, a message embedded in a seemingly straightforward statement. “It’s like they’re wearing an extra pair of glasses,” she says.
Highly sensitive people suffer from what is called sensory-processing sensitivity and are more susceptible than ordinary people to both internal and external stimuli.Â Someone experiencing heightened sensitivity might not just cry while watching a sad film but will experience actual grief symptoms â€“ finally this explains my reluctance to watch anything other than comedy! Highly Sensitive People react strongly to things such as noise and light, and are particularly sensitive to stimulants such as coffee. Typically,Â someone with this heightened sensitivity demonstrates greater caution and reluctance than other people with things such as taking risks, trying new experiences, meeting new people, even venturing to unfamiliar places.
Highly Sensitive People are apparently hardwired differently than the rest of the population. Researchers from Stony Brook University in New York and Southwest University in China have found that people with this heightened sensitivity take longer to make decisions, need more time alone and need time to think and are generally more conscientious. Their study, recently published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, also found that highly sensitive people undergoing an MRI have greater activity in areas of the brain concerned with high-order visual processing, with participants spending longer examining photographs given to them while they underwent the test, and in general paying closer attention to detail than others.
I have learned that by being selective with my surroundings, preferring quiet gentle spaces especially in nature, minimizing stress, getting regular Chiropractic Care to keep theÂ nervous system perfectly tuned, keeping active, choosing to eat healthily with awareness and by carefully choosing how and with whom to spend time, it is possible to honour the person you were born to be and maximise this unique gift.
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