Why do we need the highly sensitive person now?
Are we seeing a renewed interest and dare I say respect for the sensitives of the world?
Conditions Are Everything
Conditions are everything. We are culturally bound which means that it is easy to lose sight of how other conditions may be changing.
Right now we are seeing a perfect example of a disconnect between human cultural systems and world conditions. Human cultural systems are digging in their heels in order to maintain the status quo, while the reality of deteriorating global conditions continues its significant harm to the environment, humans and other living creatures on the planet.
So perhaps the concept of “mind over matter” – or left-brained linear thinking – has its limits although we do not seem willing to concede the point.
So many cultures have come and gone because they disrespected the underlying conditions that supported them. Jared Diamond has written about this topic in his book, Collapse. Too often cultures become inflexible putting themselves at risk. HSP’s can help with that.
Highly Sensitive People Notice Conditions
Highly sensitive people are masters of nuance. They sense everything and notice when something is not working. Their nervous systems pick up all sensory information around them. HSP’s nervous systems are somewhat like a lightening rod or an advance warning system. The highly sensitive person can tell when something is wrong when others do not see it.
Highly sensitive people pick up all sorts of signals from their environment:
if there is a signal or sensory information of some sort, HSP’s receive it.
What The Highly Sensitive Person Does With What They Notice
Highly sensitive people can become overwhelmed by the information they take in from our overstimulated and highly complex culture. And for many, it is a huge burden. However, it can also be a blessing because it provides HSP’s with some important skills:
- highly sensitive people process information deeply so their view is often complex and inclusive.
- sensitive people notice shifts and so they notice factors like the strength and resilience of an issue, the relationship between forces, the interdependencies and where they are working and where they are dysfunctional.
- a highly sensitive person will process information contextually and will therefore likely have a holistic and integral approach to understanding the issues in any situation.
- because highly sensitive people take in so much information, they tap into many factors and considerations that others may overlook in sizing up situations and problems.
Why Highly Sensitive People Are So Valuable
Because of their holistic, complex and complete information processing skills, highly sensitive people are able to notice the changes in underlying conditions in a situation. They do not get locked into a system as the status quo. In fact, they will likely see any human system as having a lifecycle as everything else does.
HSPs can discern both short term and long term challenges and fashion an approach to problem-solving that integrates both.
Sensitive people can be especially valuable in dealing with complex structures and systems because they have the ability to determine where the weaknesses are, and what the causes are including where changes in underlying conditions are creating problems.
Highly sensitive people are extremely valuable people at any time. Right now as we are having serious challenges to current human structures they are even more valuable because they can help us problem solve from a smarter place.
Changing times call for smart choices. Sensitive people have the potential to help us do that.