Here are my negatives and positives from my experience of being a highly sensitive person…
1. If you aren’t strong the world will eat you up for breakfast, it’s hard for a highly sensitive person to cope in this world if they aren’t strong because they feel too much.
2. You pick up on how other people are feeling without them even having to mention what it is they are going through and unless you have gained control, you can think that their problems are your problems, or that they have a problem with you because you get all these waves of negativity flood in for no apparent reason.
3. If you are in a room or a place with a lot of negative people it can affect your mood dramatically, which means that you really have to know how to protect yourself.
4. If you don’t know where the negativity is coming from you can walk around with other people’s problems and not even realise it and the problems can stay there for a long time until you gain the awareness that they weren’t yours to begin with!
5. People will be drawn to you to offload their problems and they will usually disappear when they have finished shifting their negativity onto you, they aren’t interested in what you have to say or being your friend really…
6. If people insult you or hurt you it can take you a long time to recover.
7. It’s hard to be in busy places without your head feeling cluttered and heavy, no matter how much control you gain.
8. If you’re around people that aren’t sensitive themselves or that don’t understand your sensitivities, you can be made to feel like you are awkward and weird.
9.You can care about people too much when you probably shouldn’t as they are responsible for themselves.
10. You realise how much negativity there actually is in the world, which can be hard.
11. You can get drained if you aren’t mindful. When I was in school I was completely unaware that I was highly sensitive and I would have to skip school in the afternoon to take naps!
12. If you don’t take time out for yourself and spend time in nature, you will feel really out of balance until you do.
1. Things such as love, peace and joy are more amplified and because they feel so amazing, you live for these things. And the same also applies to music and any other artistic things.
2. Because you can pick up on how people feel, you gain a deeper understanding of people and what they are going through which means you can have more compassion and acceptance. You don’t see the masks that people wear, you see them for who they really are.
3. Because you pick up on how people feel, if you are around someone that is happy, you will feel happy and the happiness will reflect back to them even more.
4. You see so much beauty in the finest details and gain pleasure from the simple moments, such as watching a sunset or sitting by a lake.
5. You can have deep connections with people.
6. You can feel energy, which means you know who you can and can’t trust and who should and shouldn’t be in your life which helps you protect yourself.
7. You get high on life, so you give up needing other methods to give you an artificial high…
8. You feel connected to yourself and you understand your body’s signals.
9. You see the beauty of life and have faith that we will find our way as a human race.
As you can see, there are more negatives than positives to being a highly sensitive person but because the positives are so strong, they definitely outweigh the negatives in my opinion. Although being highly sensitive used to be difficult because I had no clue about how to control it, I now see it as being a blessing. It is also something that I was born with and I do believe it’s what we all are at our deepest core.