“Don’t be so sensitive.”
If you are an HSP, that statement is probably one of the most self-negating things you can possibly hear. And I bet you hear it a lot more than you’d care to. Seeing how we live in a largely insensitive world.
That being the case, the S-word has taken on a lot of misplaced baggage. It’s been wrongly associated with undesirable terms like “weak” and “incapable.” So we’ve got some cleaning and clarifying to do. Some straightening of the social records that have become quite a mess, and that keep a “virtue” mistakenly classified as a “flaw.”
Q: What’s one way we can remove the pejorative sting from a word that describes our very core?
A: With a full embrace and radical re-claiming of the S-word.
Things like “rights” and “recognition” rarely float into the laps of those who deserve them. Usually they have to be insisted upon. This is what many sensitive writers and coaches — like Elaine Aron, Jenna Avery, Douglas Eby, Thomas Eldridge, Jenna Forrest, Jim Hallowes, Cliff Harwin, Barrie Jaeger, Grace Kerina, Marti Olsen Laney, Peter Messerschmidt, Rose Rosetree, Michael Smith, Jacquelyn Strickland, Tribe, Ane Weed, and Ted Zeff — have been working toward.
I’ve joined them, and have spent the past year working to leverage the neurological trait of high sensitivity. For the 20% of the world’s population who are born with this genetic trait, nerve-based sensitivity is still amazingly under-recognized and under-discussed.
So maybe we can start leaving bread-crumbs? The evangelical kind. Maybe we can create a lil’ cultural intrigue, and get conversations started. The unapologetic kind. About who you are. And how you are. Your presence makes the world a more enjoyable place to be in. Why not come clean about how you do that? How you bring forth those calm, healing, creative, compassionate, insightful, intuitive, delicate, refined, inventive, empathic qualities wherever you go.
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