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You’re Too Sensitive

“Get over it!” A sign of sensitivity – not! Today heralds another summary of an article in the genre of self development articles.

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Today’s Self Development Article – Do People Accuse You Of Being Highly Sensitive?

The full title of this article is “Do People Accuse You Of Being Highly Sensitive?” written by Barrie Davenport on the Live Bold & Bloom blog.

Favorite Quote from the Author In the Article

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 Summary of the Article

This is an article that deals with the subject of sensitivity. The author details her own hyper-sensitivity dating back to her childhood. Davenport refers the reader to Dr. Elaine Aron who is a psychologist, researcher, and pioneer in the study of the innate temperament trait of high sensitivity.

The manifestations of hyper-sensitivity are listed and the author tells us of some coping mechanisms.

Reading Time of the Article

6 minutes
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About the Author and Lesson(s) Learned From The Article

Barrie Davenport is a bestselling author with 10 books and counting, and teaches others how to publish and market their books at Authority Pub Academy. She is a certified coach, and online teacher with several online courses on finding your passion, building confidence, and creating good habits. She offers science-backed, proven techniques for real, quantifiable change.

This is a highly personal story from Davenport. It is often said that the best writing is a result of writing what you know about. That is the lesson I take from this piece. It is so personal that I was able to conjure up an image of Davenport telling me her story as we sat in the same room sipping coffee.

My Take

In so many ways it could also be my story. It was interesting to learn that “being highly-sensitive (also known by its scientific term as SPS, Sensory-Processing Sensitivity) is a normal trait found in 15-20% of the population.” I suppose that makes me feel normal!

Being sensitive is something I have been aware of since childhood. I’m not comfortable with the label ‘hyper-sensitivity.’ I don’t believe there is anything hyper about being sensitive, It is an innate thing. My most clear-cut manifestation lies in a fear of being told-off. I struggle not to take criticism personally even when it is not personal. Happily, over the years I have found ways to cope with that.

The ability to sense an atmosphere is still there with me today. It has been there for as long as I can remember. Some people plow straight in regardless. They could be described as the proverbial “bull in the china shop.”

There are so many parts of this article that resonate with me.  In particular the author’s checklist of typical traits –

  • easily affected by other people’s moods
  • feeling uncomfortable by loud noises
  • highly conscientious
  • easily rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time
  • quickly annoyed when people try to get you to do too many things at once
  • trying hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things
  • finding it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once
  • feeling bothered by intense stimuli, like loud noises or chaotic scenes
  • when competing or being observed while performing a task, you become so nervous or shaky that you do much worse than you would otherwise.


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