A few months back, I attended a talk by Dave Markowitz, the author of Self-Care For The Self-Aware, in the events room of a metaphysical bookstore filled with highly sensitive people and empaths looking for insights and help. The energy in the room was electric. As it often happens when I attend a group event…

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In our memories, some experiences from our childhood stand out in stark relief. Something about them made an impression on us. Something about them was charged with a feeling that we then carry into our lives, consciously or unconsciously. A Sensitive INFP And Not Fitting In For me, one such experience was in fifth grade…

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Recently, I read the book Belonging by Toko-pa Turner. I think I turned to it because I wasn’t feeling a sense of belonging in my own life, and sometimes like books do, it exerted a kind of magical pull on me. In it, she talked about so many things that I am strongly attracted to,…

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boundaries

For a long time, just like other sensitive people, I searched for ways to make myself feel less. Everyone else thought I shouldn’t be so affected by the world, that it wasn’t normal. And believing that it was abnormal to feel so much, I tried to contain it.  Experiments With Self-Protection I tried to push…

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Sometimes, it can feel like we can’t even see the underlying problems that come with emotional patterns we play out as HSPs. It can feel like we are doing our best but then bashing our heads against the same problem over and over again. Maybe, as an HSP, our identity is too tightly woven with…

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As a sensitive person, I am often caught up in the rip-tide of my feelings. They sweep me up. They leave me gasping for air. They throw me on the shore, battered and bruised. Because they can be overwhelming, I have been wanting to get to the heart of my emotional life. Why do I…

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dreams

A few years ago, in a period of a major life change, my dream world intensified. I’d always had vivid dreams but now fragments of them remained with me even when I woke up. This prompted me to start learning about dreams and whether they have any inherent meaning or not. It was a curiosity…

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A few months back, my husband and I had a little conversation in which we discussed swapping and trying out each other’s interests. Mine is painting. His is building puzzles, of the 3,000 to 5,000 pieces kind. Before he met me, my husband didn’t have any particular interest in art. But in our time together…

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  If you are someone like me, you know that are you are sensitive, and yet, you often struggle to integrate this knowledge in your life. If you are someone like me, you also have an incessant voice in your head that keeps on discounting the little onward steps that you are taking. It feels…

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