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How An Empathetic Nature Can Block Creativity

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We HSPs are famous for our empathetic nature. We are also often creative. Often we are also creatively blocked.

Is there a relationship? Can our empathetic nature get in the way of creativity and block it?

Empathy Is Precious

I personally treasure empathy. Not just for its humanitarian value, but because it is also a great tool for discovery. Empathy is a great way to learn about the world. It enables you to look at anything from another point of view.

It also helps you with all the information that your nervous system takes in. Being empathetic helps you relate to the energy of each piece of information and if it is a multifaceted energy, you can engage all of it. It also lets you into the complexity and nuance of anything. You are able to perceive the dynamics and structure of anything around you.

Empathetic listening is a holistic window to the world and so offers HSPs the potential for a special kind of wisdom that only insight can offer.

The Price Of Being Empathetic

Empathy can cause us to feel like we are drowning in information. It can feel like we are being overwhelmed with so many factors and considerations that it can be hard for us to move forward.

Many HSPs, myself included, like to process every input conscientiously before making decisions and taking action. Hurting someone else is anathema to many HSPs; the pain is too unbearable. As a result, our awareness can become a huge burden. Our sense of responsibility may far outweigh our actual or real role or responsibility. Our skills may not necessarily be up to the information we take in.

All of this, of course, forces us to try to come up with ways to handle the overwhelming information, but nonetheless, it is a huge processing and interactive burden. And it slows us down.

Empathetic Capacity Affects Our Creativity

Empathy affects our creativity because it increases the options and possibilities that we see.

It

  • helps us see beyond the object to the being.
  • causes us to embrace the other and to naturally care.
  • prevents us from taking actions that would harm because we can become immobilized that way.
  • lets our options and choices become animated and alive through our energetic experience.
  • helps us see paths and directions can so numerous that we sometimes cannot choose.not from laziness or wishy-washiness but from our own conscientiousness.

The empathetic nature is something that non-HSPs often will not likely understand.

We have a right brained empathy, rather than a left-brained approach. It is not object oriented. It is being oriented and that makes all the difference.

Empathic Nature And Creative Choices

Empathy affects the choices we make. Like other HSPs, I certainly try to make empathetic choices.

Our empathetic nature can lead us to better choices or to weaker ones. They cause us to use our creativity to serve the greater good, or have it used to serve someone else’s self-interest.

When we allow our empathy to be abused, we cannot use our creativity well and we hurt ourselves. Codependency can result in the misuse of our creative talents and that is never good. HSPs have to watch for those who are victim narcissists, complainers and passive aggressive individuals who use our empathy to serve their purposes.

Empathy can have a tremendously positive impact on our decisions and choices.  We let it inform us about when it has been used well, because when that happens we make choices that have the feeling of rightness or of a great fit that gives us a good feeling about what we are doing.

It is up to us to make sure our empathy serves our creativity well and is used in a positive way.

It is such a shame when empathy and/or creativity is squandered because both our empathy and creativity are precious.

The world needs more of both.

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution and Sensitive Evolution Radio. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World as well as numerous courses for sensitives including The Emerging Sensitive Course using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. They can be found here. She is a long time meditator, reiki master, a student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.

12 Comments

  1. Keith on October 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Very interesting post, and it makes a lot of sense.

    • Maria Hill on October 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, Keith!

      I am glad you liked it.

      Maria



  2. Honey Apostos on October 15, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    There are times I am stifled and kept from communicating my feelings because I cannot stand the thought of hurting someone.

    • Maria Hill on October 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      We all do that, Honey. There is nothing wrong with maintaining a gracious social space around you as long as your are in that space also and your needs and feelings are being considered. Try not to be too hard on yourself.

      All the best,
      Maria



  3. Nikki on October 17, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for sharing. I know from experience some dominate folks think we don’t make decisions quick enough so we’re thought of us indecisive and weak. However, we take other things into consideration, such as: how does this affect the staff? Our customers? The systems in place? Therefore, we’re not the sort to shoot from the hip unless it’s absolutely necessary, and few things are that necessary!

    • Maria Hill on October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

      Hi Nikki,

      What a great way of looking at it! HSPs think more holistically so we are not fast and that is a good thing. Also the demand for speed is a great way to dominate others by making them wrong for thinking for themselves. It treats thinking for ourselves as a harm to others which it is not.

      All the best,
      Maria



  4. Stefanie on April 21, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Great, intelligent article! HSP’s need profound (deeper level) articles like these, so many thanks Maria Hill

    • Maria Hill on April 22, 2015 at 5:48 am

      Thanks for the feedback, Stefanie!

      Maria



  5. Marco Cantergi on July 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Maria, thats true, too much empathy is sometimes a problem.. I am having difficulty eating meat because I feel for the animals, or cant stand fishes in tanks because I feel imprisioned too.
    Thank you

    • Maria Hill on July 13, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      So true! Empathy for animals is a good thing.

      All the best,
      Maria



  6. Summer on November 28, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Hi Maria!

    In my experience, I think the difficulties with being creative (and highly sensitive/highly empathic) are due to the fact that I am a big picture thinker first and then I have to break it down. But I also don’t do very well with a logical sequential style of breaking it down so I have to try and focus on one aspect at a time (in a bigger picture way) and then at the end, bring the whole project together. Thanks for another great article!

    • Maria Hill on November 28, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Interesting Summer. I also go big picture and then break it down and I try to use process as a way to work with it. Thank for your insights.

      Maria



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