Do you find yourself easily overwhelmed by bright lights and loud noises? Or by having a lot to do at once, or having to rush? Do you get easily upset or moved to tears by movies, books, news, music, beauty? Do you notice subtle smells, sounds, views that other people pass without paying any attention to them? Were you described as shy as a child? Did you hear from others you are oversensitive and that you should “grow a thicker skin”?
If you can identify with some of the above, the chances are you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), or, as the Swedes call it, an Orchid. This is a normal temperamental trait, determined genetically. Around 15-20% of all people are HSPs –myself included. However, the culture we live in does not always make it easy for HSPs, nor does the majority of the people, who are less sensitive and find it easier just to brush off the small pins and pricks of life. They might not understand why you always take everything so deeply into yourself, or why you react so strongly to what they see as small, unimportant things.
Being sensitive can be tough. But it is also a gift – thanks to your sensitivity you can appreciate beauty and life on a much deeper level, and your potential to create, to experience, to flourish is also greater thanks to it. If it is nourished. If it is not, you can find yourself plagued by depression or anxiety or constantly hurt by events and people around you.
I can help you figure out whether or not you are an HSP, and if yes, I can help you find ways to protect yourself from what you find hurtful and overwhelming, while at the same time learning to nourish your inner potential and cherish your innate sensitivity.