"It’s no accident that the coaching industry has exploded over the past five years, offering a litany of business building opportunities aimed at a more 'spiritual' practice of integrated business and marketing. Literally, as Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs™, our time has come."
Are creative people more likely to be highly sensitive?
Writer Carolyn Gregoire in an article on the topic thinks one reason highly sensitive people may be so creative is an unusual depth of feeling – part of the personality trait of high sensitivity that psychologists and many creative people find supports creative exploration and expression.
WOMEN are moody. By evolutionary design, we are hard-wired to be sensitive to our environments, empathic to our children’s needs and intuitive of our partners’ intentions.
This is basic to our survival and that of our offspring. Some research suggests that women are often better at articulating their feelings than men because as the female brain develops, more capacity is reserved for language, memory, hearing and observing emotions in others...
When we are overmedicated, our emotions become synthetic. For personal growth, for a satisfying marriage and for a more peaceful world, what we need is more empathy, compassion, receptivity, emotionality and vulnerability, not less.
We need to stop labeling our sadness and anxiety as uncomfortable symptoms, and to appreciate them as a healthy, adaptive part of our biology.
"Sensitive persons looked at the scenes that had the subtle differences for a longer time than did non-sensitive persons, and showed significantly greater activation in brain areas involved in associating visual input with other input to the brain..."
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.”
Susan Cain is "the co-founder of Quiet Revolution, LLC and the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, has appeared on many “Best of” lists, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business." [From Summit profile.]
Trauma and loss of self-esteem can be especially difficult when we are highly sensitive - many people say this Tapping approach to health is helpful. /
"My childhood was very difficult. My dad died in my arms when I was 14 and my mother was physically and emotionally abusive. We were poor, dysfunctional and quite unhappy. Maybe it was my own struggles that led me to know when I was 12 that what I wanted to do in life was to help other people suffer less and laugh more.”Lindsay Kenny
- Hear her conversation on Tapping free until 8PM EST today (Wed Mar 4 2015 - recordings after) at The Tapping World Summit
"Fear is all around us. You feel it when you watch the news, of course. How can you not? Everything seems to be chaos...
"For those who are highly sensitive or empaths, this is even more of an issue, and it's not just fear, it's people's worries, thoughts, anger, depression, sadness. You can be taking it on from people, television, the air, etc, but not know that it's not all you."
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."
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