If your answer to these questions is a "yes", know that this is a source of strength, not weakness. Sometimes it seems like more of a curse then a blessing. The challenges are challenging but yes, the joys are also just as intense. And when we can learn from the challenging times and design life to best suit our needs and desires, then life itself is more than fulfilling.
Many people who are highly sensitive are artists, thinking creatively and enjoying environments where self-expression is encouraged. There is actually research being done on the personality traits of an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) which is believed to make up 15-20% of our population! Whether you believe in this label and what it bears, or simply in the presence of high sensitivity, knowing more about the subject can be very informative if not enlightening.
We are all human beings and we all have the capacity to feel, to live from the heart. But when it comes to shielding ourselves from pain, for example, some people naturally feel more vulnerable to the emotional affects of a situation. This makes being highly sensitive a challenge sometimes. However, it is possible to turn what may seem like a challenge into a powerful tool that allows to experience intense joy and gain wisdom from life's experiences.
Being highly sensitive means registering more information. More information can often be overwhelming. However, learning to focus on the right information and sensory input and using it to an advantage is the way. Gaining more insight simply means more to work with and more to share!
I will be writing more about this topic in upcoming articles so stay tuned!