6 Sweet Survival Tips For Super Sensitive Souls.

 

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“I have sea foam in my veins, 
for I understand
the language of waves.”
~ Le Testament d’Orphee
Like most sensitive souls, you already know you’re sensitive.

You soak up others’ moods and desires like a sponge. You absorb sensation the way a paintbrush grasps each color it touches on a palette. The ethereal beauty of a dandelion, the shift of a season, the climax of a song, or the scent of a certain fragrance can sometimes move you to tears. 

Super sensitive souls like you and I have always been a part of the human landscape, and according to the “Highly Sensitive Person” pioneer Elaine Aron’s research, we make up around 20 percent of the population.

It’s important to note that all human beings are actually quite fragile, and Super Sensitive Souls are no more fragile than everyone else—we are just more easily stimulated due to our wiring. 

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Basically this means if you are sensitive, you have the ability to see colors and feel energy the way others hear jet planes. The world takes on a rich tapestry of immense gorgeousness at almost every turn, which then fuels your imagination and makes you spin with aliveness. And aliveness is a grand thing.

“Aliveness is energy. It’s the juice, the vitality, and the passion that wakes up our cells every morning. It’s what makes us want to dance. It’s the energy that moves a relationship from the status quo to something grander and much more expansive, something that makes our hearts beat faster, our minds and our eyes open wider, than ever before. Everything is of interest to a person who is truly alive, whether it’s a challenge, a loving moment, a bucket of grief, or a glimpse of beauty.” ~ Daphne Rose Kingma

Yet, it also means that much like the spirited and hot blooded Arabians in the horse world, your alertness and reactivity may easily cause you to shy away with fright at things that shouldn’t be so scary.

Since your nervous system responds so easily to stimuli, that it can often times be overwhelming and exhausting to be so flooded with sensation—which makes you prone to bolting from uncomfortable situations, relationships, and jobs. 

And sometimes your sensitivity makes life extraordinarily painful, and you want to shut down and hide your raw self from the loud chaos that accompanies this earth’s continual rotation.

Continually swimming in an endless sea of sensation can at times be exhausting, regardless if it’s beautifully terrible or terribly beautiful, and this is why your deep-rooted need for peace and self care is essential to support your superb sensitivity.  

Here are a few things you can practice daily in order to both preserve your energy and keep your sanity:

 

1. Create. 

Sensitive types and creativity go hand and hand, because their rawness and innate ability to pick up on information and energy that others don’t feel can easily be translated into art and passionate expression. So rescue that fleeting gorgeous moment, then recycle it through your chosen medium.

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Perhaps you can make your guitar cry, or weave beautiful cloth into wearable clothing or drip powerful words like blood on a page, or capture that perfect light with your camera before you. Just create, create, then create some more so other people can see through your eyes, sensitive person.

 

2. Enjoy the company of animals. 

Sensitive souls tend to have a deep connection with animals due to their innate intuition, understanding of energy and compassionate nature.

Animals know and appreciate this, so give yourself permission to spend as much time as possible bonding with your particular animal, because the time spent with animals is never wasted.

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3. Seek out water. 

Water is magical, and one of its many uses is as tool to achieve peace, calm, and balance. Take a roadtrip to the sea, a lake, a stream or even your bathtub. Let the water invigorate and cleanse you in order to feel clear again. 

 
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4. Be aware of what is yours and what is not. 

When you take in other people’s energy, you must learn to instantly let go of what I like to call “the yuck”, because if that energy that wasn’t yours to begin with is negative or imbalanced, it can actually make you physically sick.

Learn to recognize what is only your energy and emotion and place a protective invisible shield around yourself to block out anything that is not.

 

5. Surround yourself with people that understand your nature and nurture that connection. 

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once said, 

“There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others  that have a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe.”

Find us because one, we understand, and two, we can sit beside you and revel at the outstanding beauty and synchronicities all around. Perhaps we’ll share poetry or take hikes, or contemplate life, or geek out sharing our favorite photo editing applications. 

 

6. Retreat, replenish and rejeuvenate. 

Take some time for yourself when your body and mind need it. When you’re sensitive, you need to fiercely guard your serenity to protect your open heart and regroup. 

Once you have these things in place, go and experience this mind-bendingly incredible world, you super sensitive soul, you.

If the world is patiently waiting for everyone else’s senses to grow sharper to reveal magical things, all you need to do is step outside and ride the energy of the earth, for there’s always a brilliant sunrise, rolling fog, shifting seasons, and rising waters to experience, as well as new, inviting lands to step foot on.

And the view is glorious.

 

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Victoria Erickson
Victoria is a grounded idealist who's been writing the world awake since she was a child, as she was born starry eyed, and eating poetry. Based in Austin TX, she splits her time between writing for herself and others, working as a freelance writer, creative coach and editor for businesses, and also sharing her passion for fierce wellness as a Reiki practicioner, massage therapist, and esthetician. Above all else, she believes in innate wildness, intuitive body intelligence, the power of sensitivity, the connection economy, and this immensely gorgeous planet we all inhabit. You can book a healing appointment with her (she specializes in Reiki & deep neck-work) or simply connect with her and her musings and offerings on Facebook, FB writer's page, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. You can also sign up for her Wild and Well Creative Notes for Wondrous and Inspired Living.

236 Comments

  • Vanessa commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    Wow, Thanks for that :) xx
    • Victoria Erickson commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
      Thank YOU for reading <3
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
      You’re very welcome Vanessa! Thank YOU for reading <3
      • slmill63 commented on July 9, 2014 Reply
        Victoria, Thank you. For 51 years I felt something was wrong with me because I have always absorbed (for the lack of a better word) other people’s emotions who are around me; making it difficult to function in the workplace oftentimes. Even though their emotions are not directed at me, I can feel them. I’m so glad my Google search led me to your article. It feels good to know I’m not alone.
    • Marilyn commented on October 23, 2013 Reply
      Amazing words of wisdom! Thank you I can really relate.
  • Brian commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    Good advice for everyone actually…
  • tony commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    “sometimes your sensitivity makes life extraordinarily painful, and you want to shut down and hide your raw self from the loud chaos …” Grateful for feeling safe here. Thank you. Much love. Txxx
  • LMK66 commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    Just lovely. You really are an eloquent writer. I have been reading a lot of blog writers lately and you are very gifted. I enjoy reading your work. Keep on moving on. :)
  • Carolyn Riker
    Carolyn Riker commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    Thank you! I got so excited after reading this my internet disconnected. This also happens a lot with super sensitive souls…we blow electrical fuses. Thank you for your beautiful essay.
    • Andrea Balt
      Andrea Balt commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
      Hahaha, Carolyn. So true. Just had to restart my computer to comment. :) And thank you so much, Victoria, for this amazing super sensitive survival kit. Made my morning.
      • Victoria Erickson
        Victoria Erickson commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
        I’m so happy to have this platform, thank YOU Andrea, fellow SSS. <3
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
      Haha, it’s so true! Thank you Carolyn. <3
    • Mad Madame commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
      Wow, I never would have made that connection. It does explain a lot though. I’m definitely super sensitive, and every dang time I am really excited or angry, whatever I’m trying to do doesn’t work. If I am furiously or anxiously typing a text, it freezes my phone every time and I have to take the battery out to restart it. Interesting!
      • Lisa commented on October 14, 2013 Reply
        Happens often for my kid – blows watches, phones, street lights and electrical stuff in his truck – fascinating…
    • margaret commented on November 9, 2014 Reply
      omg! i can’t believe you wrote that. happens to me all the time. the IT guy at my college says it has to do with my “electrical field” because i can kill a computer in order 3 seconds with one finger. he calls me the typhoid mary of computers. lol light bulbs pop as i walk through my apartment. i thought it was just me. glad to know i’m not alone. :)
  • Melissa commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    love: Retreat, replenish and rejeuvenate. yes, please. thank you for this~
  • Carlee commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    ‘Super Sensitive’, ‘Empathic’ so many terms to describe a heart and soul where compassion knows no bounds. To shield ourselves from it is to become closed off and bitter, to embrace it and open yourself to a larger world is to become human. Each of your points is something I remind myself of every day, but are easier said than done. So I needed the reminder this morning of what makes me whole. Isak Dinesen wrote ‘The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea’. I would not trade this gift for anything, only sometimes the stepping away from a maddening world can heal your heart enough to start again. As for the video.. it’s perfect. There is a story I tell of when my children were small and asked who God was and why we didn’t go to church to see him. Yosemite is a special place for me. So I bundled them up, packed a thermos of hot chocolate and drove to the outlook in this video and we watched the sunrise over the valley. Without a prompting, one of them said to me ‘oh, this is the real God’s house’. My response was ‘yup, whoever he is, he’s bigger than any building’. Thank you for your post this morning … I needed the kick in the ass.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
      Beautiful! And yes, Yosemite is an intensely spiritual, profound place. I’m so happy this resonated with you. <3
  • Mary Lynn Wakim commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    Victoria, I always have to catch my breath after reading what you write and post…my heart and this universe is filled with the gift of your beautiful radiant light!!! Loving Peace Always.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
      Thank you for this… my heart is full. <3 Much love Mary Lynn <3
  • Julie Garcia commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    SO perfect!!
  • Sandy commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    Vicki, I loved your article! You have the most beautiful soul I have ever seen! Your so special and an incredibly gifted writer!!! Thank you so much for writing and Please keep Going Do not STOP!!!!!
  • Alise Versella
    Alise Versella commented on May 6, 2013 Reply
    it’s like my entire existance was just written in essay form before me. I loved this!
  • marylisadedomenicis commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
    Fantastic! Thank you.
  • Mamaste
    Mamaste commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
    Seems like I’m being told something. Yesterday I just finished an article on empathy. Now this beautiful article on sensitive souls…I guess that’s me. Thanks Victoria, for the perfect read before bed. ~Mamaste
  • Tracy Wisneski
    Tracy Wisneski commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
    Intensely intimate and eloquently expressed. All of it. “Continually swimming in an endless sea of sensation can at times be exhausting, regardless if it’s beautifully terrible or terribly beautiful, and this is why your deep-rooted need for peace and self care is essential to support your superb sensitivity.” Yes, yes and yes! Enchanting! And then, already so primed, that video put me right over the edge. I cherish our trip to Yosemite so much. Thank you for the virtual visit. <3
  • David Gunzenhauser commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
    Great read…
  • Melissa commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
    It’s taken me awhile to restore my sensitive soul and realize that all the bombardments from the outside world have to be taken in small doses at times. Sometimes I am so open and I want to shout it out in public, I want everyone’s eyes to open! I went through some intense change when my daughter left home, anxiety and depression were my close friends. As I accept my true nature more and more each day these things are leaving, they only come around when I’m not listening to my hearts truth. I’m finally getting what a gift it is to be this kind of super sensitive soul. Water is so healing for me and music and art. Nature, laying on the grass and watching the clouds. The hard shell is cracking wide open! Not that I had much of a hard shell to begin with! :) love this article! You are truly gifted, your words are beautiful and comforting. Thank you for doing this soul work! :)
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 9, 2013 Reply
      Thank you so much Melissa! And yes, it’s a gift to have heightened sensation! Keep surrounding yourself with good people, music, art, and grass. :)
  • naglee commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
    Yes yes yes! It’s taken me so long to figure out that my soul is different than other people’s. I kept trying to put myself in their box and couldn’t figure out why i didn’t fit in it properly, why it was so uncomfortable. The more I learn and settle into my own being– my fears, my need for distances to maintain my sanity, and my awe of the world–I’ve come to seek out like-minded people which lead me to you guys. In my world I’m surrounded by extroverts who don’t fully understand how my mind works. That’s okay, i love them anyway, but reading this blog I feel sane and it reminds me I’m not alone. Thanks so much. Your words mean so much to me.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 9, 2013 Reply
      Welcome Naglee! We all love you here. Settle in and thank you for the sweet feedback. :)
  • Marie Lauridsen commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
    Oh, so beautiful. Amazing and spot-on. I feel welcomed by your beautiful words…like they created a land for me, refound, where I can breathe.
  • Lisa commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
    Carolyn, thank you, now I understand why my computer, etc, is always fritzing out…… Victoria, thank you for the article, I too have always known i’m super-sensitive, it’s always wonderful to hear from others, I learn something every time, <3
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 9, 2013 Reply
      Thank you Lisa… keep on learning and enjoy that fantastic sensitivity. :)
  • Rachel rainbow fire raven commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
    Open. And trusting the process of ones sensitivities is a gift beyond a gift…I appreciate your words of beauty Victoria. :-()) and trust your openness and love is returned ten fold Blessings Love me
  • Amy commented on May 7, 2013 Reply
    Thanks. Exactly what I needed. I was glad to recently discover what made me different from other people. The super-sensitive description fits me like a glove and this article I understand perfectly. It’s good to know that there are souls like me out there. This painfully beautiful existence I wouldn’t trade for anything. I wouldn’t say I am completely there yet—but I am learning to embrace it.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 9, 2013 Reply
      Keep on embracing it Amy, and use it to help others see the beauty. :) And thank you.
  • audrey commented on May 9, 2013 Reply
    Thankyou, even though we know we aren’t the only one, it’s great to be reminded of it!
  • Jonathan Lindo commented on May 9, 2013 Reply
    This is so true of my life. Thank you :)
  • Hilary Lindsay
    Hilary Lindsay commented on May 9, 2013 Reply
    It couldn’t have been said any better. Bravo.
  • Miriam Newman commented on May 9, 2013 Reply
    Good article. I hope maybe another one can be written for the friends and family members of sensitive souls, giving us some tips for coping with their different neurological makeup. Even while I recognize the special gifts of such friends, I’ve sometimes found myself withdrawing from them because it’s so exhausting walking on eggshells all the time. Tips to help such relationships would be welcome.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 9, 2013 Reply
      Thank you Miriam! I’m so glad I could provide some insight. :)
  • Jamie commented on May 10, 2013 Reply
    I’m in my mid-fifties and it has taken me a lifetime to come by all this on my own. Each and every point you made is how I’ve come to live my life. I wish I had known these things from a much younger age….perhaps I would have found contentment much sooner. I’m grateful to finally know these soul saving tips and grateful to people like you who support and educate others.
  • sumit commented on May 11, 2013 Reply
    That was a nice article. Especially the point about creativity and keeping creating. ” So rescue that fleeting gorgeous moment, then recycle it through your chosen medium.” Gives me immense joy.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 12, 2013 Reply
      Thank you Sumit. <3 That part came flying out of me with so much passion I didn't see it until I reread my entire piece. ;)
  • Rodrigo commented on May 13, 2013 Reply
    Can I give my sensitive back?. Is killing me.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 13, 2013 Reply
      Dear Rodrigo, it isn’t killing you, it’s expanding you! #sss
  • Lauren commented on May 13, 2013 Reply
    Thank you for this. I’ve always known I was sensitive and have always instinctively thrown up the shield to protect myself. However, until reading this, it didn’t click that I was instinctively protecting myself instead of pushing others away out of fear – that it wasn’t a negative thing. The moment I realized that – wow. Intense. Tears. Not much moves me to tears, despite being sensitive, perhaps I’ve gotten a little too good at shielding myself. I’m learning to let the shield down here and there, safely. thank you so very much for this. So much.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 15, 2013 Reply
      Aww, Lauren this is so sweet. Always protect yourself from energy you don’t need or deserve to take on! You will keep on instinctively knowing. xoxo.
  • jlcsoulpreneur commented on May 13, 2013 Reply
    From one sensitive soul to another, thank you.
  • Michelle Mosher commented on May 13, 2013 Reply
    Wow! This spoke volumes to me as well! This is why I try to shut myself down! I am a true testament as well of taking on other peoples energy thinking it was my duty and making myself “sick” in the process! Also explains my feeling for needing communion with people all the time! Thank you so much for this beautifully written piece of clarity! xo
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 15, 2013 Reply
      I’m so glad I clarified some things! <3 Thanks Michelle!
    • 14opensource commented on November 23, 2013 Reply
      “Whenever two or more are gathered…” :)
  • Claudia commented on May 15, 2013 Reply
    Victoria, you totally get it! Thank you!
  • Molly Fox commented on May 24, 2013 Reply
    I so Love this Website…great job.
  • Laura Marchese commented on June 1, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful Victoria…reminds us of what we need as artists and sensitive souls to counterbalance the over stimulation and demands of our everyday lives. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
  • Myriam Tomtom Copper Boily commented on June 1, 2013 Reply
    I read it “one more time” and, one more time, it moved me to tears <3…Thank you:)xoxox
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on June 1, 2013 Reply
      I’m glad this resonated so deeply Myriam <3 <3 I'm also very blessed to have this platform to connect with people such as yourself! xo
  • Mia commented on June 2, 2013 Reply
    Lovely article, thank you for sharing! ♥
  • jessica commented on June 6, 2013 Reply
    this is ME. it feels so good to read it, see it actually written…you’ve given words to my thoughts and feelings and thank you for this advice…they are things I am naturally drawn to do but I must start making them priority. thank YOU!
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on July 4, 2013 Reply
      I’m so glad Jessica. :) Thank you for the sweet feedback!
  • Sally Pulford commented on June 10, 2013 Reply
    Wow! I never thought that how I need to have all these 6 things in my life is actually a common formula for sensitive beings. As long as I am on track, my life is wonderful, no matter what physical reality I live within. It’s hard to always live as one needs to live, but I appreciate that you have pointed out that I must find the missing of the 6 to get back on track. Sincerely, Sally, artist, musician and writer. Thank you, Victoria
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on July 4, 2013 Reply
      Hi Sally, yes it’s all needed for us sensitives! I’m glad I could provide some validation!
  • Cortney Chaite Coaching commented on June 18, 2013 Reply
    Victoria, thank you so much for that gorgeous article. It was so beautiful, it made me tear up. (in a great way!) I’ve been doing a lot of discovery around the care-taking of myself. Discovering how highly sensitive I am has allowed me to really own the parts of me that I thought were “bad” or “damaged” because I could so easily feel pain and discomfort. Realizing how special it is to experience the world’s beauty in such a highly magnified way never occured to me as a gift until recently. Now I feel so free to be fully alive in all that beauty. Thanks again, for highlighting what it is like to be me, and for helping me to feel that there are other people out there who are the same. Sometimes it can feel lonely, and it’s great to feel connected to other sensitive souls.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on August 12, 2013 Reply
      Cortney, thank you for this sweet comment! Own your sensitivity!
  • Cathrine commented on June 21, 2013 Reply
    Love this :-) beautiful thank you
  • Susan Earhart commented on June 30, 2013 Reply
    For years and years, I knew I felt beauty and pain much more intensely than the people I had contact with, or so it seemed to me, as I would look for any signs in others. I remember the first time I felt “seen”. I was maybe 29 or 30 years old and with a group of fairly new friends. One of the girls, who’s brother I was dating, was taking us on an impromptu night tour of Wilmington, NC. It was a beautiful and intoxicating warm night; we were young and happy, skipping and laughing. I pointed out some yellow flowers growing between the bricks of a walkway illumined by a street lamp and she said, “I knew Susan would get it”. I could feel my eyes widen; I was stunned that she knew I “saw” and ached at these sights. The soft spot in my heart swelled in that painful joy.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on August 12, 2013 Reply
      Absolutely lovely and goosebump inducing description! Thank you Susan! Much love to you!
    • Mahogany commented on October 9, 2013 Reply
      wow, I felt and saw all of that…You’re splendidly articulate.
  • barryjohnjohnson commented on July 13, 2013 Reply
    a sweet, soothing article for this sensitive soul – to be sensitive and not construct walls, or totally retreat, is a challenge – thank you for your tips dear one
  • KL GLover commented on July 13, 2013 Reply
    Those words you wrote were written in my heart from birth. Thank you.
  • Grey commented on July 16, 2013 Reply
    I really needed to hear this. Thank you so much for your understanding and compassion. It makes me feel proud of my sensitivity versus ashamed. Namaste.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on August 12, 2013 Reply
      Grey, sensitivity is something to appreciate and celebrate! Namaste. <3
  • Catherine V commented on July 17, 2013 Reply
    Thank you and ditto to all the above!
  • Wynn commented on July 24, 2013 Reply
    Wow. Love this, thanks!
  • Rebecca commented on July 28, 2013 Reply
    Ahhh, I love the confirmation of reading about “me” and knowing there are so many others that can relate.Thank you for this beautiful artistic landscape of strategically placed words on us wonderful sensitives.:)
  • Ana Harff commented on August 1, 2013 Reply
    This article is just so wonderful, I felt every word and thank you so much for sharing. This video makes me cry ….omg. A deep hug from Brazil! <3
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on August 12, 2013 Reply
      Thank you Ana, and this video makes me teary as well! <3
  • Sabina commented on August 9, 2013 Reply
    I have, NEVER, EVER, read anything in my entire life that resonated with me more than this. I’m covered in goosebumps – you wrote my soul. I feel like only the people who identified with your words would understand why I cry when I watch fireworks, even though there’s no sadness. Instantly, I don’t feel alone. THANK YOU.
  • LeslieAnn commented on September 20, 2013 Reply
    Heart-bursting thanks from a member of this tribe. Beautifully comprehended and written. I will reach for it again and again when I need these arms around me.
  • Marsha commented on October 12, 2013 Reply
    We are kindred spirits! Thank you for the guiding, your eloquence, and your heart
  • Zeus Yiamouyiannis commented on October 12, 2013 Reply
    Glorious, glorious essay. To put what you said in my understanding: Establish boundaries without erecting barriers. Find Strength in sensitivity. Be with those who can be with you in that space of creative and strong sensitivity. Share spirit. Bravo. You made my day.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
      Zeus, thank you, and comments like this made my day. <3 Much love.
  • KristenA commented on October 12, 2013 Reply
    Thanks for the article! For anyone who wants more info, Elaine Aron, as mentioned in the article, has written extensively on this topic and even coined the term ‘highly sensitive person.’ http://www.hsperson.com
  • mike arends commented on October 12, 2013 Reply
    Hi. Great piece. I find point #4 extremely hard to do. It s like i absord the good and the bad. And also feel like that. How do ypu put an invisible bubble around your “stuff”
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
      Mike, lots of visualization and taking yourself “above” it, if that makes any sense. The key is to recognize when your energy is getting sapped by someone else before it takes over.
  • bbbetty commented on October 12, 2013 Reply
    YES to much of what is written here. But, one does not have to be an optimist to be sensitive. I’m only mentioning this because there has been far too much media touting the optimistic personality and belittling the people who try to embrace their dark side as well as their light. For instance, being optimistic will help you live longer. Ummm … I know at least 2 people who were not and lived into their 80’s and 90’s. Were they sensitive? YES. And they did suffer but mostly because others did not accept their sensitivity or their tendency towards pessimism or, as I like to call it, realism. We weigh both sides and don’t automatically assume everything will be fine. We hope it will be, but it isn’t always so. I mean, if you are sensitive you are going to pick up on everything, including dark emotions and thoughts. It’s part of human nature and is probably a good thing to be aware of just in case.
  • Michelle commented on October 12, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful!!! I love everything about this article. <3
  • HappinessSavouredHot commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
    I recognize myself and my closest friends so much. Thank you for writing it. :-)
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
      How lucky you are to have like-minded friends! I’m glad it resonated.
  • drpkp commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
    This is an absolutely brilliantly and beautifully written gentle peace for the “super-sensitive” – I hope you do not mind if I share this wonderful piece (with your attribution of course!!!) I think it can be enormously helpful as well as enjoyable. Bravo!
  • Vicky commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
    Thank you for that. It is nice to know that there are many others who feel as I do on a regular basis.
  • PL commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
    I like the article a lot and have since shared this page . The one thing that I am careful of is not to make use of the word “magic” because that kind of word object points to so much that is ungrounded … and grounding and centering are key points to differentiating in order to develop the ability to contain and differentiate self from other. That is extremely important in terms of decreasing emotional and sensory flood time.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on October 14, 2013 Reply
      Hello PL! I’ve always found that magic is found when one is centered and grounded. I’m glad you enjoyed this <3
  • Cate commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
    Thanks for reminding me of this work. Lately I have been in several relationships with people who have suggested I need to have more of a ‘fiiter.’ As a result I have been trying to hold more of the vulnerability and ‘overflow’ inside–I think that’s what it is–overflow, which most people shy away from. What are your thoughts on this? It’s an issue I’ve been struggled with quite a bit…It took me a long time to ‘accept’ my sensitivity and now I feel like I’m constantly trying to hold it back…
    • Nicole commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
      What a great piece! Things really started shifting for me when I found my “tribe”. I found a safety in this group of women that I had never felt before. It was a place for me to show up with all my brokenness and my strengths—and feel safe. I was amazed at how many other women also needed a safe place for vulnerability. Reading this article reminded me of so many ways that I am nourished by my group in these ways. If you are looking to find a tribe– I found my group at http://www.reneetrudeau.com. There was a place where you could find groups in your area or telegroups. Thank you Vanessa for this beautiful blog.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on October 14, 2013 Reply
      Hi Cate, I’ve always believed that vulnerability equals freedom, and the people that are shying away from the true you are simply not right for you. Rock your sensitive side <3
    • Carin commented on November 12, 2014 Reply
      Hi Cate – A spontaneous thought: Is the overflow that these people are talking about verbal? I have previously tried to reach people who dont understand by talking, explaining what I see and feel. This tends to overwhelm and bore the person who is not on the same wavelength. I now find it much less stressful for myself not to explain but to go with the flow. If they dont get it, ok. Perhaps they will later. Or not. This has led to a filtering of the people around me – now they are more those who do understand.And those who do not are no longer a great drain on my energy… Just an idea…
  • Nicole commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
    What a great piece! Things really starting shifting for me when I found my “tribe”. I found a safety in this group of women that I had never felt before. It was a place for me to show up with all my brokenness and my strengths—and feel safe. I was amazed at how many other women also needed a safe place for vulnerability. Reading this article reminded me of so many ways that I am nourished by my group in these ways. If you are looking to find a tribe– I found my group at http://www.reneetrudeau.com. There was a place where you could find groups in your area or telegroups. Thank you Vanessa for this beautiful blog.
  • Marisa commented on October 13, 2013 Reply
    Thank you for writing this! :) I was wondering if you knew what kind of watercolor paints those are? (from the picture) They look sooo wonderful! <3
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on October 14, 2013 Reply
      Hi Marisa, I found this photo on Pinterest. I loved it as well :)
  • Tulay Dönmez commented on October 14, 2013 Reply
    Thank you for this wonderful awareness <3 Thank you for the guiding…
  • paulatague commented on October 14, 2013 Reply
    Aha! I already knew I was sensitive to the emotions of others, and shielding doesn’t work well for me because it makes me dull–but yesterday we went to see the movie Gravity, and I came out a physical wreck. I’d love to know how others dull the roar of sensation enough to live in their world!
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on November 26, 2013 Reply
      Me too! But we can’t dull it, although sometimes that’d be fantastic.
  • laura commented on October 16, 2013 Reply
    ..haha I was just an hour ago trying to describe to a friend how, although we all have sensitivity, there are those of us whose antennae are constantly picking up on the subtle (and amplifying the not-so-subtle) energies all around–and how as “highly sensitive” beings we have to learn how to keep ourselves open AND walk through this beautiful yet crazy and chaotic world–a true practice! Thank you Victoria for putting these tips “out there” in cyber space for an easy share and cosmic validation of the day! :-) aloha, laura <3
  • Danielle Faber commented on November 20, 2013 Reply
    LOVE LOVE LOVE
  • Once You Know...Cate commented on November 20, 2013 Reply
    I just ran across your piece again today and noticed my comment and your reply…What this brought to mind today though was the betrayal of my ex husband over the past 6 years, and how it continues to haunt and grieve me. And how others don’t really understand that when you are sensitive, it’s like PTSD for someone to hurt you in such a way, and maybe not something you ever fully recover from. It is a daily effort not to feel that pain, and I am still trying to figure out what I am supposed to do with it. ;)
  • Ali commented on November 20, 2013 Reply
    Thank you for this. I’m very grateful because I’m one of those super-sensitive souls. :)
  • Eilish commented on November 20, 2013 Reply
    One of the best posts I have read in a LONG time :) I am a sensitive and can relate to all of that. Thanks for posting :)
  • Karen commented on November 21, 2013 Reply
    I love it! I especially recognize the love of water…
  • Josh Mattocks commented on November 21, 2013 Reply
    this was great…true to a “t”, very insightful.
  • Kirsten Valkyrie commented on November 21, 2013 Reply
    Right on! It is really validating and reassuring to be reminded that there are others like this too. I think more than is obvious as so many people tend to hide their emotions. Also the video at the end was perfect. That song moves me to tears every time but with the video it was even better.
  • Janet Marshall commented on November 21, 2013 Reply
    These words are so beautiful and so true. Thank you so much for posting them, they have made this new day even better. Namaste
  • Jo commented on November 21, 2013 Reply
    I was wondering why when I enter church every Sunday I shed tears and go home exhausted each week. The sensitive soul I am, and obviously picking up on all the pain around me. And… May 6th you wrote this. How fitting as that is my birthday. :) Thank you! Its wonderful to know there are others out there who are like myself.
  • Deb commented on November 22, 2013 Reply
    Like everyone else here, this resonated to my core. I do most of these things. THANK YOU!
  • 14opensource commented on November 23, 2013 Reply
    I would add “unplug” and “unsubscribe”! I find negatively affected by the news, which is often negative, but even if it isn’t the amount of information that comes our way and the EFMs that are reaching us via all our electronic devices is detrimental.
  • 14opensource commented on November 23, 2013 Reply
    Victoria, I must ask, is that Audrey Hepburn in the phtot with the fawn. Is’t it gorgeous? She’s the perfect representative for your theme.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on December 29, 2013 Reply
      Thank you and yes, that is Audrey! I adored that photo and immediately thought it’d be perfect. <3
  • 14opensource commented on November 23, 2013 Reply
    ? Just wondering if those who relate to this type consider meditation helpful. ?
  • Helena commented on November 23, 2013 Reply
    I feel as if you were writing a personal letter to me. How serendipitous that I found your blog through a Facebook friend this morning. Retreat, replenish and rejeuvenate indeed. I find the older I get the more alone time I savour and the more sensitive I become. Wonderful piece. Thank you. Hεlεɳa  ωίԵђ Լ♥ϋє  мємσяу вσχ cяєαтισηѕ
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on December 29, 2013 Reply
      Thank you Helena <3 It's a personal letter to anyone who finds it helpful.
  • Gloria Warren commented on November 23, 2013 Reply
    tis taken 63 long lonly years and in just a moment in time I open a link on facebook and as I read it is witha flood of tears athat it feels like someone entered within my very soul and opened all my secret doors and touched all my emotions at once talk about overwhelmed I cant stop crying it all makes sence now why I have always felt that I did not belong here and why injustices of any kind cut me to my very spirit.
  • Karl Baba commented on November 23, 2013 Reply
    Not everybody is wired the same. Some people are just sensitive and it carries many gifts and wonderful qualities. I love sensitive people but we, and they, should realize that they have to take special care of themselves to thrive on this planet, much like scuba divers have to have gear and procedures to be underwater. Besides some common sense advice contained in the article, sensitivity often extends to aggravating and allergic foods, toxins and so on. Don’t think you sensitive types can get away with doing what us thick skinned people can. This consideration goes both ways. We should understand sensitive people have special needs and vulnerabilities and sensitive people would do well to understand their condition and take better care of themselves so they don’t wind up guilty of undue whining, blaming and losing their marbles because they’ve allowed themselves to get in positions where they are depleted, triggered and reactive.
  • Paula commented on November 23, 2013 Reply
    What a beautiful post! You and I are on a similar journey to shine a light on the gifts and challenges of the spiritually sensitive soul. Here is an article I wrote last year about this topic. Thank you for making this profound connection with others. http://glad.is/article/do-you-have-a-spiritually-sensitive-child/
  • Michelle commented on November 24, 2013 Reply
    It has taken me many years to understand the sensitivity of my body and soul because it has taken a long time for this dialogue to happen without judgement. Now we can speak freely and gain strength knowing there are others in the world like us. And the video of Yosemite….what can I say…I just visited there last month and seeing that incredible place again on the video brought me to tears. I was born in California, have been away for 30 years and it’s calling me home.
  • Tamber commented on November 24, 2013 Reply
    Reading this brought joyful tears to my eyes. Thank you for your beautiful words! <3
  • Charlie commented on November 25, 2013 Reply
    That video….. WOW.
  • Kristie Saylor commented on November 25, 2013 Reply
    Wow;) thank you , After a 13yr marriage to a narcissist and sociopath that left my spirit ripped to shreds and then another 4yrs at a job where I was belittled by managers, constantly sexually harassed , then sexually assaulted . I left with severe PTSD , as I’m healing finding my true self has been the most diffcult time of my life, so thank you for this eye opening article , Sincerely Kristie Saylor
    • Dee commented on January 1, 2014 Reply
      My narc husband calls me thin skinned! I’m disabled and can’t get out…I’m trapped…but I enjoy who I am! even if others can’t see it
  • Rose commented on November 26, 2013 Reply
    The first 40 years of my life, I was harshly criticized for being “too sensitive” (by family and “friends”) and then at age 40, someone told me, “it’s okay to be sensitive,” and that changed my life forever, and for the better. I think that us “sensitive souls” help others see and appreciate the true beauty in this world.
  • Sunshine commented on November 26, 2013 Reply
    Being “too sensitive” has always been a curse. I’ve yet to find someone who will protect me from the harshness of life and reality…I have made provisions to protect myself to some degree, but to have someone in my life to stand beside me and at times in front of me to be my protector… still I’m alone…
  • Emanate Presence commented on November 30, 2013 Reply
    The gifts and challenges of being a Highly Sensitive Person enrich the experience of life. Thank you for sharing your unique perspective. “Find us because one, we understand, and two, we can sit beside you and revel at the outstanding beauty and synchronicities all around. Perhaps we’ll share poetry….” I am found on the Emanate Presence web site with links to poetry and articles including one about Highly Sensitive People. Am here to share.
  • Timflink commented on December 1, 2013 Reply
    My soul is plagued for I find this deeper connection with the world around me to be common place in my life however it seems to be near impossible to find others who truly connect and I long for them. My being yearns and calls out for someone of understanding who can connect but I feel very distant from that hope. Those aroun me think that I am a social institution, that my skin is thick and nothing can penetrate. What they don’t know is that at the core there is a fragile and delicate bind that holds my life together in one whole. Oh that I could find a person who I could open my soul to. Thank you for letting me know that they are out there.
  • Bernd Wechner commented on December 3, 2013 Reply
    This awesome. Love it. Alas though when I read: “Sensitive souls tend to have a … innate intuition, understanding of energy …” I cringe. The thing most people who bounce the word around in the New Age metaphoric surrogate for the 60’s “vibe”, the pagan “spirit” or similar understand least is “energy”. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/energy But that’s my cringe I admit and perhaps I should get with the program because the word has been well and truly stolen from the physicists and chemists and made the vogue metaphor for the wishy washy stuff every generation applies a new metaphor to. ;-).
  • Ashley Cunningham commented on December 30, 2013 Reply
    This article is so spot on. I injured my brain in a car accident a year and a half ago. I’ve recovered really well, but there was a great deal of emotional damage done. The injury of the brain just added to the layers of hurt that I was already enduring. I was already a sensitive soul, and like most brain injury survivors, my prior personality traits became magnified. I went from sensitive, to extremely fragile. I have been seeing a Neuro-Psychologist to rehabilitate, and return to life as very active and artistic mom. If I had to come up with a short list of “strategies” (as they’re called in the Acquired Brain Injury world), it would look very similar to this! Almost identical actually. I will be sharing this, especially with my friends and family who don’t seen to get it! Thank you.
  • Jannick Fejer Nielsen commented on December 30, 2013 Reply
    D, N, J, G, I don´t know what this means but those were the letters my tears chose I love life and i love death Peace Jannick <3
  • Damian Serafine commented on December 31, 2013 Reply
    I have been searching for reasons why I could no longer live In Phoenix (the desert) and after 20 years found myself back in New York, so happy to be drawn by the Ocean, lakes, streams, and creeks of my youth. Then I read this and I don’t have to search anymore…. It’s perfect.
  • Vestina commented on December 31, 2013 Reply
    Thank You! Don’t feel so alone being a Super Sensitive Soul after reading all this.
  • Dee commented on January 1, 2014 Reply
    In this harsh world sometimes it’s a curse being a sensitive soul..it’s good to know I’m not alone!!
  • friedrich commented on January 1, 2014 Reply
    thanks for posting this. i enjoy your sweet thoughts and proposals. feels warm. thanks…
  • Tracy commented on January 3, 2014 Reply
    “Learn to recognize what is only your energy and emotion and place a protective invisible shield around yourself to block out anything that is not.” Still working on this one and also on protecting my open heart. I’m learning more quickly now. Such sweet advice was meant for me to find! Thank you. <3
  • Jay Becker commented on January 8, 2014 Reply
    Yes yes get a dog!
  • Joy Redington commented on January 8, 2014 Reply
    I am going to echo many of the people here, but I felt compelled to comment. I am really starting to embrace my sensitive nature. For far too long I have tried to hide it or stifle it. But I no longer feel embarrassed and hindered by this gift (it truly is) and I find my personal energy and spirituality has awakened in ways I thought were long dead. Although the problem with this type of awakening, is that then you then have no healthy ways of shielding yourself when you are overstimulated. Your article has some great strategies to help with that. This article was eloquent and really hit home for me. Thank you for the warmth and validation. Namaste
  • Genny commented on January 13, 2014 Reply
    Coming from a large family full of “tough nuts”, I’ve always felt “less-than” because I’m labeled as the “sensitive” one in the family. I repeat—ONE. I’ve always felt that they were strong, and I, alone, was weak. After my mother’s stroke, I took on most of the burdens required to navigate the medical/geriatric/rehabilitation nightmare, while everyone else seemed paralyzed, not knowing what to do next. I discovered that my super sensitive self was what drove me, propelled me to ensure that my mother’s independence and quality of life were returned to her. 5 months later, she’s back home, and has regained most of her independence, which is what brings her the most happiness. Now my overstimulated soul is putting out street lights to the tune of 15-20 per commute. Batteries are dying at an unprecedented rate. I’ve been feeling a pull toward our house on the bay even though it’s winter and most people find it raw and bleak this time of year. Doesn’t matter, it’s pulling me anyway. Thank you for posting this. It has given me a better awareness of myself, and a feeling of self acceptance that I really haven’t allowed myself until now. I still admire the strength of my siblings, but I also celebrate my super sensitive soul.
  • Lucy commented on February 2, 2014 Reply
    From here on out, I will share this post with anybody who tells me that I’m “too sensitive”. I’m an artist, what do you expect! :-P
  • UNEEK commented on February 16, 2014 Reply
    I have always known that I was super sensitive but it has only been in the past several years that I viewed it as NOT being a weakness — Heck – It takes a lot of strength and courage to be sensitive — I feel everything in magnified strength. It can be (it is) a two edged sword. Your six survival tips are great and I will reference them often. It’s all about balance and it’s like maintaining a healthy measure of compassion and tough love – setting boundaries — which I have not been so successful with <3 <3 I just now found you and this site – I have been reading for 2 solid hours and feasting on it like a starved soul – Thank you for being here and for all that has been shared – It is truly a bountiful buffet to satisfy any hunger. <3 <3 <3
  • Ashley Cowan commented on March 10, 2014 Reply
    Wow!! I’m SO incredibly appreciative of stumbling upon this page. I am 35 and just recently realized that I’m not only more sensitive compared to most people, but I can literally feel their emotions, moods, and energies. It seems to be getting stronger as I get older. I always knew I was sensitive and have been teased by my father, boyfriends, and other INSENSITIVE people over the years. I always felt that it was a negative trait, but still my trait and part of my intrinsic character. I’ve since learned to guard it better by mostly just avoiding things that I know bother me (horror movies, going to the animal shelter, the news, etc.). I can actually feel a sensation in my own body when I see something violent happen to another person. When a co-worker is having a bad day, I can immediately pick up on their vibe and it will actually affect my mood. I didn’t realize the depth of this until I realized time and time again that the people around me were oblivious and didn’t seem to be affected at all. I am not claiming to be psychic, or better than anyone else just to clarify. I actually feel that being “highly sensitive” is both a blessing and a curse. When I meet people and we connect, or bond over even something insignificant, I immediately get the chills. That’s the latest thing that just started about a year ago. I feel like I experience life a little more intensely than most, but this goes both ways. I experience pain and sadness sometimes to the overwhelming point of not wanting to be here anymore and actually contemplating how to get to the next realm. I feel like I don’t belong here. Like I’m all alone at times. I’m on Prozac now and I have Xanax because I was experiencing panic attacks about a year ago. They definitely help, but I’m still OVERLY, super sensitive. Anyway, it’s VERY comforting to know that there are other people out there that understand and exhibit the same sensitive qualities that I’ve always felt guilty about having. Thank you so much for opening my eyes to this new community. Now, if I could just learn to harness this gift and use it to help others. : ) Reikki?……..
    • Veronica commented on September 30, 2014 Reply
      Hi, Ashley, I sometimes feel the same way, when I feel overwhelmed with people or this world, I feel this is not where I belong and try searching for understanding to it all.
  • Valerie McManus commented on April 10, 2014 Reply
    i’m recently invited to notice the need for new ways to insulate/protect/process the world around me–to offer gratitude for my gifts while honoring my need to be more deliberate about my energetic boundaries. these techniques/tips are so useful and, through reading it, i understand them in a new way. thank you!
  • Amanda Mann commented on May 1, 2014 Reply
    We have a safe nest here. I needed this today. I am sure many of us have often felt somehow deformed by the sensitivity. Even a trip to the store can spin my head for hours. Tired of being scorned and told that I can somehow quit being sensitive. I like many others use art to express and embrace the intangibles, and am asked often to subdue my art to create a more general acceptance. But I don’t make the art for them. I make it for us.
  • hersoles commented on May 6, 2014 Reply
    Reading your soulful writing has made me feel so vulnerable and dark and light and beautiful. This is very helpful to me. You are a gem <3
  • Cara commented on May 6, 2014 Reply
    This describes me so well.. I confuse people because I’m so sensitive yet quite strong; just like the article explains about the mustang. I’m a wild mustang to a tee! That always confuses people, especially men I date lol.
    • Cara commented on May 6, 2014 Reply
      Oops, I meant Arabians..same horse, essentially, but different corners of the world.
  • Kevin Malin commented on May 6, 2014 Reply
    Victoria, that was an excellent, well thought-out article. You provided a lot of good advice. It is helpful to know that there are other hyper-sensitive people out there facing the same types of feelings and challenges. Thank you!
  • fancypants52 commented on May 6, 2014 Reply
    Incredible. Like coming home <3 thanks!
  • Geraldine Lloyd commented on May 6, 2014 Reply
    Af
  • Blueocean commented on May 6, 2014 Reply
    This is me and it’s so nice to finally realize there is a name for it and I’m not the only one. For years I’ve struggled and wondered why I have great need to be at one with nature and just be alone. I love love animals and the thought of cruelty to any living creature breaks my heart. I feel like some days I just can’t cope with life and all the horrible things that people do and I yearn for peace and like-minded people. Thank you for this. You said it so eloquently. I love this site – so glad I found it.
  • Karlena commented on May 6, 2014 Reply
    I know I am sensitive. I think that because of my home life I shut down at a very very young age and closed out the world and everything around me. It was the only way I had to survive what was going on around me. Now at almost 50 I am just beginning to get in touch with who and what I am. Mostly I think what I need now is space to heal and clear out all the energies that are not mine. I also need to learn how to protect myself from the negative energies around me and learn how to decipher what is me and what belongs to others. May the universe hear me and provide what I need. Thank you for sharing and for listening.
  • crystalpep commented on May 6, 2014 Reply
    I’ve never read one of your articles before today. Imagine my surprise to finally meet myself on paper. Thank you.
  • Marley commented on May 7, 2014 Reply
    (((<3))) thank you for your beautiful words.
  • M commented on May 8, 2014 Reply
    I am a sensitive soul and for many yrs til know i though i was wrong…
  • Rachael commented on May 16, 2014 Reply
    Victoria this is amazing!! I finally know that there are other people like this in the world and not just me..and it’s not just some weird quirky thing about myself. I struggle immensely with filtering out what is other people’s emotions and what are mine. For instance, my husband can be completely silent and not physically readable as “moody” or “angry” but yet I can feel his mood as if he were verbalizing and showing it in body language. It then bothers me cause the feeling is overwhelming and then I am in a bad mood..are there any books or more writings of yours that you suggest that could help me learn how to focus on creating that invisible shield? That and the whole thing about water..I take tons of baths..they are soothing in a way and get this terrible obsessive need to go to the beach all the time…in my heart it is home. Just strange things like that, that I feel so strongly about that I haven’t found in common with anyone. Thank you for these tips!!
  • HEALTH COACH commented on July 1, 2014 Reply
    Thank you, Dear Hearts. I share this around with other sensitive beings. You help many. ! ! U
  • kd commented on August 5, 2014 Reply
    Thanks. This really resonates for me.
  • Myfanwy Marshall commented on August 29, 2014 Reply
    Beautiful thank you :)
  • Samantha commented on September 20, 2014 Reply
    Thank you so much!! This is SO me!!
  • Veronica commented on September 29, 2014 Reply
    This is an awesome article, I consider myself real sensitive, I feel I hide myself away from friend relationships when I give constructive criticism or just try to help them see and they get offended .I know I cant change people and maybe im living in this perfect world (Sweet, kind, peaceful, loving, caring mindframe).I just want people to see things, the way I see them, i feel I have only have one view of how people should be. Sometimes I feel like i m wrong, but I cant break this feeling about myself.
  • Pau Perez commented on October 15, 2014 Reply
    I ran into this while googling “Why are some people more susceptible to nostalgia?” and as soon as I started reading I felt really identified with the description of a Super Sensitive Soul! It is beautifully written! I really needed to read something like this today, thank you so much for sharing your words!
  • Nat commented on October 15, 2014 Reply
    I understand this comment..but I bet you have a strong hold on wanting to live!!!
  • Margot commented on October 19, 2014 Reply
    It’s wonderful to find this site. Your advice is exactly what I love to do. My brother, who used to actually be a preacher and has a very abrasive spirit, doesn’t understand why I cannot be in his presence for any length of time. When I try to explain to him that I’m a sensitive, he thinks I mean I have a sensitive ego.
  • Jo Tallchief commented on November 4, 2014 Reply
    I’ve suspected for a long time that I was more than just Sensitive, but never thought I might be highly sensitive because that, for me, has a stigma to it, like: Man up, don’t be a big baby about this. I would like to make peace with being a highly sensitive person. I do pretty much everything from 1 to 6 except no. 4, and I’ve always wondered why I avoid or withdraw from certain people. Now I know. I think I’ll work more on no. 4. Thank you!
  • Patrick commented on November 6, 2014 Reply
    as i started reading the quote that begins, “Aliveness is energy…..” I got ahead of myself, thinking “yes it is, BUT it also is….” and realized that the following paragraph answered my “but”. i do feel like i am much more tuned-in to what is going on all around, and it CAN be a great gift, BUT, to those that know that side of me……i frequently call it “my curse”. Most of the time it seems as if that higher sensitivity drags me down, because most of the time i don’t feel equipped to deal with all that it brings along. it’s hard to explain, but i’m guessing that there are many that have ventured to this thread, that have a pretty good idea what i am talking about.
  • Sabrina commented on November 11, 2014 Reply
    Thank you. 52 years old and 2 days ago I finally found out what is wrong with me, only it’s not wrong. Just misunderstood. By me and everyone else around me. I have a lot of research and understanding to do. Thank you for this post, it helps. Glad to know I am not alone.
  • E commented on December 12, 2014 Reply
    <3
  • Mike commented on February 1, 2015 Reply
    Stumbling across this amazing article could not have come at a better time for me. I’m going through a super rough time right now – I’ve fallen in love with my best friend (this is something of a habit for me – third time it’s happened) and I’m on the verge of losing possibly the most important, special friend I’ve ever had. I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing why I fall for my mates – I’ve convinced myself that I’m ‘broken’ in some way – that I’m weak or abnormal. Now, after reading this, I wonder if my super sensitivity is making me tap into these friendships at a much much deeper level – may I’m reaching a raw emotional connection with these friends that perhaps is a little one-sided because they are not super sensitive souls to the extent that I am. Maybe I’m not ‘broken’ or ‘abnormal’ after all? Maybe I just need to learn to ‘see’ when my super sensitivity is taking me deeper into a friendship than is healthy for me to go. This article has been immeasurably helpful. What a gift. Thanks from New Zealand. PS: I am also drawn to the ocean and any type of water. When I was a kid my parents used to get so mad because I would always have hour-long showers and use all the hot water :) PPS: Fascinating to read that others have issues with electrical devices!!! The big one for me is street lights. Often a street light will extinguish itself just as I walk under it. Always as I walk under it – I’ve never seen one switch off in the distance ahead of me, for example. This usually happens when I go for a walk in the evening to ‘clear my head’. The odds seem so unlikely that so many bulbs just happen to reach their expiry date or overheat ‘the moment I pass by’. Interesting!!
  • Nevaeh commented on February 13, 2015 Reply
    It’s really great that people are sharing this intiamrfoon.
  • Tatiana Faurer commented on February 20, 2015 Reply
    enlightening.
  • Aims commented on February 22, 2015 Reply
    I have always known, I am sensitive. I am a damaged sensitive, I know dulling doesn’t work, but I believe, words are powerful, they create beliefs, which affect our mental state. I am shattered after some movies too. I see some one getting injured and I feel it, even if it is in a movie or on TV. I feel power in the rain, at waterfalls, at the beach(not going in the water), I figure this power is like the energy one has in the body, resounding at the same frequency. It’s Peaceful, and freeing for me to feel. I tend to short things when negative, but I didn’t realize until reading the above that I was doing it. I am naturally good with taking things a part and put it back together, I am a poet, and an Artist, but I don’t use those things for profit. My eye’s change colour with my mood. I am a earthy person. Children often that are unable to be settled, relax, and calm with me, including autistic’s. I am very sensitive to medication, I bruise with soluble aspren, I sleep longer with some non drowsy anti histamines then on the label, I am lactose intolerant. Negativity affects me physically on a bad level, sever gut pain. It’s nice to know I am not alone.
  • Emily commented on March 19, 2015 Reply
    I am so grateful for this blog post. A dear friend sent it to me a long time ago and I find myself coming back to it for a gentle reminder of how to take care of myself. I have also shared this with friends and patients (I am an acupuncturist). Thank you so much.
  • Kristin commented on March 24, 2015 Reply
    Thank you for creating a place for us to find other Sensitive Souls. I was lonely, but that is going to change. Thank you.
  • sheridan martin commented on March 29, 2015 Reply
    Love the words…. the message. i needed to hear this today. <3
  • sheridan martin commented on March 29, 2015 Reply
    Love the message

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