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Top 10 Reasons Why I Think You Need to Know About the Genetic Trait of High Sensitivity:
1. According to Dr. Elaine Aron’s research over the past 20 years, about 20% of every population of species studied has this neutral trait of sensory processing sensitivity. Some of the main components of this high sensitivity are depth of processing, overstimulation, sensory sensitivity, and emotional sensitivity.
2. We go by the term “Highly Sensitive Person” (HSP) as coined by researcher Dr. Elaine Aron and author of “The Highly Sensitive Person”. This term is not a diagnosis. Sensory processing sensitivity is a neutral trait related to a more sensitive nervous system that affects all areas of your life. Being highly sensitive IS a way of life.
3. Highly sensitive people (20%) have totally different needs and I find that they develop in a completely opposite way than hardy people (80%) based on theories of human development.
4. More and more research is showing that there seem to be predisposing underlying factors for many mental, emotional, relational, and physical disorders. In one way or another, researchers are saying that there seem to be those who have a more highly sensitive nervous system, and they are the ones who develop Celiac Disease from eating gluten, anxiety disorders from traumatic experiences, autoimmune disorders, etc.
5. We need greater awareness of the trait overall for all practitioners and we need more practitioners who specialize in highly sensitivity bodies and related disorders to be available publicly, so that HSPs can easily find them.
6. There is a large portion of our population of people with chronic idiopathic disorders, including and especially autoimmune disorders, who do not have an answer for how to heal. There are also many people struggling with addiction to alcohol, drugs, relationships, thoughts, food, and more addictions. I believe that these people struggling with disorder cannot fully be helped, if at all, until they do understand high sensitivity and the way that they work.
7. When highly sensitive people are given supportive resources and are able to meet their needs, they can become highly adaptable.
8. It is the responsibility of those who are highly sensitive to help others know about the trait and advocate for themselves because there is NO WAY that those who are not highly sensitive can understand it otherwise.
9. We all benefit from connection. We have a lot to learn with, give to, and receive from each other, as sensitive and hardy people. Our diversity is a resource. First we must connect with ourselves, bring what we sense into our physical presence.
10. High sensitivity IS NOT a disorder. ”Sensitive” does not mean “nice”, “weak”, “accommodating”…though that is often how this word gets used traditionally and how we have seen sensitivity traditionally. Sensitivity is being quick to detect changes and information in your environment through your senses. That’s it.
I think it’s very important that we change the widespread use of this word to reflect that.
You CAN be strong and sensitive.
If you are experiencing weakness, I in no way think that being highly sensitive means accepting weakness and accommodating it.
You can feel all that you feel and be empowered by it.
Understanding high sensitivity helps to understand that there is nothing wrong with you or HSPs in your life. This allows you to start focusing on living in a way that fits instead of trying to make your self fit.
I find that once sensitive people are able to move through their struggles, they can then thrive, and be Sensitive Leaders.
It’s definitely time to get out of struggling with sensitivity and survival, into thriving and leading powerfully with sensitivity.
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