The sensitive among us aren’t always appreciated because we tend to feel things on levels others cannot and, therefore, cannot understand no matter how they might try. Often, we may not “appear” sensitive to others so much as “hyper-sensitive” and, as with any other “different” way of being in the world, it is often misunderstood and mis-labelled or stigmatized.
While I believe we are all sensitive to some degree, there are some of us who are naturally more sensitive than others. A close personal friend advised me to read an article in the August 2011 issue of Psychology Today saying, ”It is about you. Being sensitive is actually a condition.”
“As in disorder?” I asked.
“No, not at all, I didn’t say it was a disorder, it’s a condition some people are born with, that’s all,” he said.
I managed to find the piece online and couldn’t believe the visual they used for it because I have always said, “I am like the princess and the pea, I can feel it no matter how many mattresses you hide it with.”
My mother always said, “If there’s something wrong, Janice will find it.” Mom was referring to such things as finding a hair in food, bad odours or something out of place. I don’t think she ever fully understood the level of sensitivity I have but that’s okay. I am at an age and stage where I believe that only those who are like me could possibly ever understand it.
You will never find me crying over a beautiful hand-bag, nor do I suffer from any mood disorder but I have been moved to tears by a lady bug’s visit or an act of kindness so small as to be invisible, without echo save for the emotion I felt in witnessing it.
The article is very interesting and, while I do not personally possess all traits or attributes mentioned in relation to this naturally occurring condition, it was validating to read about something I have felt very alone in most of my life.
Now, I’ll share the link to the article for anyone who is interested in learning more about this fascinating topic that actually mentions genetic influences. Amazing.