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What Our Emotions Are Trying To Tell Us

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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HSPs And Developing Self-Compassion

  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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An Invitation To Intuition

One day, some years back, someone very close to me said in words close to these: You are not very intuitive. I wasn’t ? That came as a complete surprise to me. Is that what she thought? That was completely opposite to how I thought of myself. I thought I was, in fact, very intuitive.…

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Can You Be Fierce And Sensitive?

As a sensitive person do you ever feel fierce inside and think that those feelings are inconsistent with being sensitive? Do those fierce feelings conflict with the empathetic part of you? What Does it Mean To Be Fierce? Fierceness is very natural. It occurs in nature all of the time. All you have to do…

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The Illusion Of Answers

Recently I disappointed someone who was seeking answers from me. It raised an interesting introspection for me about the idea of answers and I think it bears discussing. Why Seek Answers? I remember when I was quite young – perhaps 6 – being at dinner with my family. At the time my brothers had small cars…

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Are HSPs The Proverbial Canary In The Coal Mine?

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In his book Thrive!, which discusses the gifts and challenges of highly sensitive people, Dr. Tracy M. Cooper talks about his research on the trait of sensory processing sensitivity. What interested me most were the stories and real-life experiences of fellow HSPs. They helped to draw a picture of how HSPs as a population might…

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Stuck In The Spider Web Of Approval?

I like getting approval. I suspect we all do. Yet I hate wanting or needing it. I hate all the games that go with approval: the withholding of it – treating it like it is a prize or a weapon. the distortion of information to manipulate approval the overvaluation of approval when we are really…

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Are You Too Nice As An HSP?

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Some time back, I had a mini-interaction with someone pushy, an encounter that I, as an HSP, quite dread. This time, I paid attention to the dynamics of this initial conversation and thought about what that told me about the other person, instead of discounting it like I used to do in the past. As…

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Distinguishing Adventure And Danger

Fear is every present in our world whether we like it or not. I can come from a lot of places and can be very disruptive. Fear is big business. It can be difficult to distinguish what is a real fear and what is a manufactured fear, what is situational fear and what is conditioned…

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Working With The Energy Of Perception

  ” We need to spin you happy ” Danielle mentions as we walk along the tree lined path by the Mohawk river. I have always loved walking that path especially during those times when life was wearing me down. Like the bare trees around us which had dropped their leaves weeks before, my spirit felt stark and colorless. Unexpectedly,  my…

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