Are you comfortable sharing your sensitivity with others, especially those you don’t know?
I often hear that people don’t want to be defined by a label, don’t want to be treated as ‘special’ or ‘special needs’, don’t want to appear different.
I get that. We just want to be accepted for who we are without needing to explain ourselves or be seen as different. In a perfect world this would work.
But the reality is that we live in a world where differences can sometimes be misunderstood or even stigmatized. And that can make it difficult to openly share our sensitivities, especially with people we don’t know well.
I’ve come to realize that there can be real power and liberation in embracing our sensitivities and sharing them with others. It’s not about seeking special treatment or attention, but rather about fostering understanding and connection.
When we open up about our sensitivities, we allow others to see a deeper part of ourselves. We give them the opportunity to understand our unique perspectives, challenges, and strengths. And in doing so, we create the potential for empathy and support.
Sharing our sensitivities doesn’t mean we have to disclose everything to everyone. It’s a personal choice, and we should always prioritize our own comfort and well-being. But when we find safe spaces and trusted individuals who are receptive and understanding, sharing can be incredibly rewarding.
And we don’t need to say, “I’m a highly sensitive person.” We can say things like:
~“Due to my sensitivities, this works better for me.”
~”Things affect me more deeply than most, so what I’d like is…”
~”My ability to pick up on what others might miss means that it can be a bit more challenging to ignore things.”
In my own journey, I’ve discovered that sharing my sensitivities has allowed me to form deeper connections with others, and to feel more supported. It has opened doors to conversations and experiences that I may not have had otherwise. And it has helped me find a sense of belonging and acceptance in a world that can often feel isolating.
Of course, there are risks involved in opening up. Not everyone will respond with kindness or understanding. Some may judge or dismiss our sensitivities, and that can be hurtful. But I’ve learned that those who truly matter, those who are worth having in our lives, will accept us for who we are, sensitivities and all.
So, if you’re comfortable, I encourage you to take a leap of faith and share your sensitivities with others. Start with those you trust, and gradually expand your circle. You might be surprised by the positive reactions and support you receive.
Remember, your sensitivities are a part of what makes you unique and special. They contribute to your perspective, creativity, and strengths. Embrace them, share them, and don’t let fear hold you back. By doing so, you’ll not only find acceptance but also inspire others to embrace their own sensitivities.
Together, let’s create a world where sharing our sensitivities is seen as an act of courage, vulnerability, and strength. A world where we can all be accepted and celebrated for who we truly are. If you’d like some guidance on how to be able to share your trait and your unique view with others, and receive support, please reach out for a free chat.