My neighbor friend introduced me to this trait recently- high sensitivity. It does not mean sensitive in the traditional sense of being someone who easily cries over spilled milk. Instead, it describes someone who is sensitive (or in tuned) to senses, emotions, their environment, and/or overwhelming task list/schedule. (I may be forgetting one or two other areas.) Check out the author of the book The Highly Sensitive Person and take the self-test. I bet a handful of you are highly sensitive, especially since you read this blog because you appreciate depth and self-growth! Although I did not check yes to every question on the self-test, my score of 13 let me know that this is a trait of mine. I am highly sensitive with emotion and my environment. For example, I can feel other people’s emotions, can spot a person in the background who is experiencing certain feelings without anyone noticing, and if we meet up with a couple who had just been fighting, I can call it right away. I never knew what this meant and just sort of rolled with it and utilized it the best ways I could come up. One being this blog. A highly sensitive person has a rich inner life. I’d say that I spend a lot of time thinking and reflecting, with the goal of growing and encouraging others. Some people have asked me if my excessive thinking is productive. At first I thought, “Well, maybe not…” but now knowing that this is a trait that comes with being this type of person, then it’s just who I am and it’s healthy and normal. Further, I am exploring this trait with Zane because already I am noticing that his ways lend him to be this type of child. I know labeling is not healthy, and my intent is not to do so, but rather, to discover the type of person he may be and encourage him to “grow into himself.” So give the website and test a go!
Please share with me your findings and maybe someone you know may benefit from the this research.