Highly sensitive people are distinguished by having a more developed and finer nervous system than most people. As a consequence they often suffer from sensory saturation. They tend to detect very subtle environmental changes: smells, sounds … that other people cannot perceive. They tend to have high creative and empathetic abilities, and it is not uncommon for them to need time alone to “recharge batteries”, since the world can be really exhausting when you have sensory saturation.
It’s not either you are highly sensitive or ice cold. There are many ways of being sensitive, but being highly sensitive also involves the fact of percieving enviromental changes easily, not just feelings and emotions.
Some noises hit me like so hard they make me almost ill, or some smells. It can be actually good sometimes, since I can detect things others can’t. For example, we changed the floor at home and the company that did it used a very toxic material. I smelled it, and felt something not right. Of course my family was like “ok, exaggerating as always”. Then, we googled it and… I was right! It is not that I have multiple chemical sensitivity, that’s another story. I just perceive things in a stronger way.
Never really tought of it until I became an adult. I always tought the way I feel the world is the usual way for everyone. But I felt quite different in many ways, and then, my Mom told me about this. Then, something clicked and the puzzle made sense at last.
Do you know anyone like this?
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