Being sensitive, being special

Being sensitive, being special

There’s nothing abnormal about them. Their high sensitivity, a trait found in 15 to 20 percent of the population, just makes them delicately different individuals, writes Alvina Clara

Some people are highly empathetic; they are subjected to a daily, if not hourly, dose of other people’s feelings. They are often labelled as overtly emotional or attention-deficit individuals. High sensitivity is a trait found in 15 to 20 percent of the population. The innate trait is a gift, not a burden. Sadly, very few understand the depth of this unique ability of delicately different individuals.

So, what are the traits that make one a highly sensitive person (HSP)? For starters, they are born with a heightened awareness of subtleties in their environment. Such people get easily overwhelmed, quickly feeling anxious and stressed. They act as a sponge absorbing the emotions from others. They need a peaceful, lonely spot or a closed room, to seek solitude, relief and comfort.

By nature very conscientious, hard working and meticulous, they tend to become
uncomfortable on being watched or scrutinised. Passionate, creative, imaginative and curious, they have a compulsive need to file and organise things and thoughts. They become overwhelmed or even immobilised by chaos, clutter or stress. Mood swings are commonplace, and they are often caused by other people’s moods, emotions and problems. They tend to worry too much, and take things too personally.

They have a rich and complex inner life with deep observation levels. Courtesy their strong intuition, they can usually sense a lie or some lurking danger. Almost all of them have had the experience of “cutting people out” of their lives.

They hate being in crowded areas, preferring to be closer to nature. HSPs are very passionate and intense with extraordinary ability to observe fine details in the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual realms. All of them share an uncommon ability to pick up on subtleties that most 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. They have a strong ability to discern solutions beyond what is explicable through the intellect. In other words, they “just know it.”

HSPs are usually attuned to the spiritual realm. This means they find it easier to live
divinely-guided lives to easily discover their life’s purpose. They are in tune with their conscience and develop discomfort when experiencing anything wrong. Known to be empathetic, they can see both sides of the argument.

Gifted with creativity and discerning thinking, they can be good planners, strategists,
trouble-shooters, healers, visionaries, environmentalists, animal experts, artists, writers, counsellors and coaches.

The delicate difference

HSPs are hardwired differently than the rest of the population. Many consider them to be
abnormal or suffering from a disorder as the trait of sensitivity comes with immense
challenges, too. The only thing wrong with being sensitive is that they cannot pretend to be insensitive or unaffected by others. Certainly anxiety is a big component of the HSP’s
experience.

Sensitive people feel nervous and anxious quickly, when negative emotions are around. They are fragile individuals with tenderness and empathy, to give all ears and aid to the woes of others. When hurt or taken advantage of, a sensitive person finds it difficult to heal the scars inflicted on them. They cry deeply and more often, and the healing process may take years. They even resort to sever the relationship completely to keep their self intact.

For such sensitive individuals, their inner space is very important, they reflect upon themselves genuinely. They demonstrate great caution and concern when executing their work, never to miss even a minute detail.

Similarly, they give attention to detail and go deep into a subject matter to discover the
underlying meaning. They are always on the hunt for something new.

Being a HSP is a latent gift, a unique endowment. Consider yourself lucky and be
extra cautious to guard this quality, if you have it. If you regulate your sensitivity, you can unleash your aura by practicing a few simple tips. First, be vigilant of your environment, and distance yourself from condescending people.

Cushion your space and magnetic field with powerful thought processes, to let go off negative vibes, if any. Seek a quiet, empty spot to cool down. Focus your energy on the happy moments and engage in some creative work. Let go of the things that don’t matter to you. You will feel re-energised and motivated to accomplish your purpose and get attuned to your higher consciousness.

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