Chances are, if you’re reading this post, someone has once said something along these lines to you: “You’re way too sensitive! Relax!” But are you actually too sensitive, or are they just the ones being dramatic? It can be hard to know. Psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron has coined the term High Sensitive Person and has written many books on the subject, as well as an online test anyone can take. She states that once you understand your sensitivity, you’re able to make changes in your life that can make things easier on you and the people around you. It’s not healthy to get completely thrown off by off-the-cuff remarks people make or innocuous text messages. That’s just exhausting for you and the people around you. Perspective can help you be less sensitive to the things people around you say.
I’m proud to be a sensitive person, but I’ve worked hard to not take everything personally. Through therapy, I’ve learned that most of the things that other people do are a reflection of them and not me. When I make everything about yours truly, I’m shouldering a lot of pain and self loathing that prevents me from living my best life. I want to be confident enough that someone could say something completely awful to me and I wouldn’t have an emotional reaction. That’s empowering!
Do you want to get to that point too? First, find out if you’re too sensitive or if you’re doing just fine. Here are a few signs that you might be too sensitive:
Do you think you’re too sensitive? Let me know in the comments below!