Emotional sensitivity: the underexposed form of high sensitivity (Are you emotionally sensitive?)

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Emotional sensitivity: the underexposed form of high sensitivity (Are you emotionally sensitive?)
Emotional sensitivity is also called ’emotional intensity’ and ’emotional giftedness’ and is an underexposed form of high sensitivity. this article shows the characteristics of emotional sensitivity and finds out if you have this form of high sensitivity.

You have an innate ability to feel the energy of other people and you have the characteristics of an ’empath’‘.

Emotional sensitivity has the following five core characteristics:

1. Emotional depth, intensity, and complexity

As an emotionally highly sensitive person, you have the ability to experience emotions in an unusually deep, complex, and intense way. This makes you feel very alive, sometimes to the point of pain. You experience a constant flow of both positive and negative feelings.

You experience powerful and changing emotions: you can be very cheerful and happy in quick succession, and then suddenly sink into gloom again. When you are moved by art or music, you are engulfed in waves of joy, or you transcend into a state of ecstasy. Sometimes emotions are so powerful and compelling that you can’t control yourself anymore.

You are extremely passionate, even if you don’t show it on the outside. Because you also feel love and attachment intensely, you often develop a strong emotional bond with people, places, and things, which makes it very difficult for you to be separated from those people, places, and things and deal with things that lead to come to an end.

You experience life with more tenderness, melancholy, and nostalgia than other people. However, your vast emotional world is often misunderstood as a condition or emotional immaturity rather than your ability to experience deep and intense feelings.

2. Deep empathy and intense sensitivity

Emotional sensitivity: the underexposed form of high sensitivity (Are you emotionally sensitive?)

You have always cared about the people in your immediate environment, even when you were very young. You not only empathize with people, you can also feel a strong connection with animals, nature, and the spiritual world.

You have an innate ability to feel the energy of other people and you have the characteristics of an ’empath’. In social situations, you intuitively know the physical or emotional state of other people. Sometimes you feel that you are ‘taking over their physical and psychological ailments.

Your loving and compassionate nature may not be fully manifested due to frequent rejection and traumatic experiences as a child.

You can also have intense reactions to things you see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Because of this, you can feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable if you take in too many sensory stimuli. You may be sensitive to loud noises, strong smells, or tactile stimuli such as labels in clothing and rough surfaces. You may experience physical symptoms such as misophonia (low tolerance for certain sounds), hyperacusis (sensitivity to certain frequency ranges and volume of sound), multiple allergies and pain sensitivity.

3. Very sharp perception

If you have an exceptional sense of perception, you can sense and perceive things that others overlook. Your perceptive mind allows you to see beyond what appears on the surface, and your mind is often busy spotting patterns and making connections.

Emotional sensitivity: the underexposed form of high sensitivity (Are you emotionally sensitive?)

Thanks to your insight, intuition, and the ability to see different layers of reality, you can quickly assess people and situations. You can be extremely sharp and precise in noticing the dynamics in social situations. You have an inner knowing about when something is about to happen, or about what is going on inside other people. You sense when something isn’t right, and you know the intentions, thoughts, and feelings that hide behind people’s facades.

However, your abilities don’t necessarily make life easy. Although your insights and intuitive hunches sometimes overwhelm you, you cannot ‘un-see’ things. You resent hypocrisy and dishonesty and have difficulty with people and situations that are not authentic. You are often the one who brings up taboo topics.

Other people may not always be happy with your insights, and you may seem intimidating to people who feel you see through them.

4. A rich inner world permeated with sensuous, imaginative, and intellectual excitability

You have a rich inner world that is permeated with sensual, imaginative, and intellectual excitability. This rich inner world is nourished by imagination and inner dialogues.

Intellectually, you are inquisitive and contemplative. You like to understand things, broaden your horizons, gain knowledge and analyze your thoughts. Because you can process information very quickly and in-depth, you absorb that information quickly. You can come across as critical and impatient with people who can’t keep up with you. You have a constant flow of ideas. Sometimes there are so many that you feel like you can’t keep up with them all.

You tend to be very enthusiastic about certain topics and things that you undertake. When you get excited about an idea, you find that your mind is faster than the words you speak, or you find yourself talking quickly and maybe even interrupting other people.

You are very good at using contemplative thinking and self-reflection. The downside of this is that you can have obsessive thoughts and be very scrupulous in self-examination. You may suffer from perfectionism or be overly self-critical.

Because you are open to new experiences, you are more likely to gain spiritual insights and experiences. You are sensitive to the spiritual world and may have been drawn to the spiritual path from an early age. This can manifest as a form of psychic ability.

5. Creative Potential and Existential Anxiety

Emotional sensitivity: the underexposed form of high sensitivity (Are you emotionally sensitive?)

You have always been concerned with the big questions of life. From an early age you may have experienced periods of existential depression and grief over the meaninglessness of life, death, and loneliness. You may find it difficult to adjust to the people around you, or you may be frustrated that they are not willing to think about these important things.

Your existential anxiety manifests itself as a hard-to-describe urgency, an ever-recurring impulse to move forward. You constantly have the ‘nagging’ feeling that you are running out of time, or that there is something important you should be doing, even if you are not quite sure what exactly. You may feel that there is a burden of responsibility on your shoulders, even for things you are not responsible for. That burden can make you very self-critical and anxious, feel guilty and make you feel like a failure.

 

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