This article's subject, 'sensitivity' is near and dear to me prompting me to share it with you. I believe teaching/ education and inspiration are elements to understanding and improving our lives. Perhaps this topic doesn't fit for you though you know someone it might, please share.
Sense and SensitivityThey tear up at phone commercials. They brood for days over a gentle ribbing. They know what you're feeling before you do. Their nerve cells are actually hyperreactive. Say hello to the Highly Sensitive Person—you've probably already made him cry.
Excerpts: "Today, science is validating a group of people whose sensitivity surfaces in many domains of life. Attuned to subtleties of all kinds, they have a complex inner life and need time to process the constant flow of sensory data that is their inheritance. Some may be particularly prone to the handful of hard-to-pin-down disorders like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia"
"Internalized by a highly sensitive child, ridicule can snowball into depression. Likewise, a “Nice job!” atop a book report might not seem like a game-changer, but to a sensitive child a little encouragement can have outsize effects, motivating a child to reproduce that behavior—say, by studying well for the next test. School and parenting practices can dramatically shape the development of highly sensitive children, who can thrive spectacularly in a mildly encouraging classroom or struggle endlessly in a slightly discouraging one, while a non-sensitive child would wind up about the same regardless of slight variations in the environment."
(Long article - an excellent read; in addition, Elaine Aron's Highly Sensitive Self-Quiz)
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Questions or comments are welcome! Being an HSP myself and a therapist I specialize in alternative therapies addressing issues accompanying the gifted and creative mind.