But again, the difference and occasionally the difficulty for sensitive people is the intensity of the experience.Highly sensitive people can be truly overwhelmed by a beautiful experience, which is fine if you are alone on the beach watching a spectacular sunset, but may not be so great if you happen to look out the window at work just at the peak moment of that beautiful sunset. Do you feel threatened or uneasy in large crowds or big cities?So, for better or worse, that puts highly sensitive people in the unenviable position of being the canaries in the coalmine. If you are a highly sensitive person, your sensitivity indicates that your body is more highly tuned than most people’s. For now, let’s look at some of the “symptoms” of highly sensitive people because, if you’re like I was, you might not even know that you’re highly sensitive.Our sensitivity to the auditory, environmental, and vibrational pollution that is prevalent in our world means that we often display physical, emotional and vibrational symptoms long before others less sensitive than us. And, with a bit of effort, training and regular practice, you can learn to leverage your sensitivity to create success and take your life to the next level. And when you don’t know that you’re highly sensitive it can be very difficult and uncomfortable to live in this world filled with less sensitive people who don’t understand why you have to cover your ears when an ambulance goes by, or leave a restaurant that smells like bleach, or sit under a full-spectrum light during the winter.I’m still amazed at how often I used to sit down at someone else’s computer and wonder how they were able to work on it with the refresh rate set so low.If they were not looking over my shoulder I would usually go in and quickly increase the refresh rate which took away the flicker and provided me with some relief. Do you get “overwhelmed” by joy when you experience great beauty: A beautiful sunset, an incredible musical performance, the smile of your child?All good traits, but often it seemed like an either or equation rather than a both and.So I followed in the footsteps of the male role models I had; mostly stoic, emotionally unavailable, intellectually focused men.
Do you know what people are feeling before they tell you?
But ultimately, and only quite recently, I have come to accept my sensitivity as a gift and a powerful ally on my journey of personal evolution.
When I began this journey, the term was not widely known (if at all).
Sometimes I enjoy going into San Francisco, and other times I just can’t wait to get out.
But no matter how I’m feeling while I’m there, I always notice a distinct sense of calmness descending upon me as I leave the City.