People engage in self-injury for various reasons, including regulating their emotional states and trying to manage situations in their environment.
Some deal with their high sensitivity very well, with adequate self care and respecting their needs for boundaries and retreating, but some people take drugs, and others self-injure to deal with their stress and anxiety, which can be heightened with the trait of high sensitivity. News reports suggest that teens "are harming themselves at rates higher than previously suspected”
Shyness, introversion and high sensitivity may share some qualities, and they can overlap and interact, but they are not the same.
Many people may think of themselves as shy or at least call themselves shy as a convenient label – or they may be characterized that way by other people – when actually they are highly sensitive or introverted and therefore feel more emotionally safe and comfortable in less social situations.
Cheryl Richardson: "The more you become your own best champion, supporter, cheerleader, and trusted confidant, the better able you’ll be to fully and joyfully express your blessed creativity. That’s when your art becomes more and more successful in the world. It begins with treating yourself with love, respect, kindness, and compassion."
Shyness, introversion and high sensitivity are different, but can overlap and interact. There are many resources for helping us thrive with these traits.
“We introverts often find ourselves succumbing to this pressure to join the fun, so we push past our point of psychic exhaustion…But we have to pace ourselves, manage our energy, and in this most wonderful time of the year, we sometimes have to rely on subterfuge to do so." Sophia Dembling
"During her Greenland childhood Smilla developed an almost intuitive understanding of all types of snow and their characteristics. As an adult she worked for a time as a scientist whose specialty was snow and ice. Her certainty about the manner of a child’s death is due to this visceral “feeling for snow”. - From 'Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow' (about the book) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Smilla%27s_Feeling_for_Snow Produced as a 1997 motion picture entitled Smilla's Sense of Snow, starring Julia Ormond, based on the book by Peter Hoeg http://buff.ly/Hincnm
Director Luc Besson commented about Milla Jovovich in their film “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” (1999) that “She has the same kind of passion and excess [as Joan] and, you know, she can laugh and she can cry two seconds afterwards. She can cry for an ant on the street. She has, like, no skin. She feels everything. Even the wind can make her cry.”
The creative process helps us define what we want and how to achieve it. It helps us develop our own authority and therefore manage our lives better.
Douglas Eby's insight:
“Creatives often feel and perceive more intensely, dramatically, and with a wildly vivid color palate to draw from, which can only be described as looking at the world through a much larger lens." – Creativity Coach Lisa Riley, from excerpt from my book: Being Highly Sensitive and Creative. - http://highlysensitive.org/being-highly-sensitive-and-creative/
One aspect of high sensitivity is increased sensory input. There are some intriguing research studies on how this works at the level of the brain and nervous system, and how it affects creative ability.
"When you can clearly identify and regulate your own emotions, you’ll tend to be able to function skillfully in the presence of strong emotions (your own and others’), rather than being overtaken or knocked out of commission by them."
Karla McLaren - author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill. http://buff.ly/1ipyp1G
Douglas Eby's insight:
“The ability to self-regulate provides an all-access pass for traveling the internal world, allowing the artist to mine for the gems that can be found there…without losing touch with the light of day.” Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D., in article: Creative People and Trauma http://talentdevelop.com/6550/