Why are you so sensitive? Why do you let it bother you? Can you just drop it and let it go? Why are you so depressed? Why do you let it get to you?
If you are an emotionally driven person, you might be familiar with the above phrases. I, like you, frequently feel overwhelmed by my emotions, and am often confused by them. I was hurt – quite a lot. It affected my productivity and outlook in life.
But then I realized that I was not alone in my feeling of vulnerability. I felt liberated to learn that there are many ways in which I could control my sensitivity. In this article, some of the most efficient strategies to identify, leverage and challenge emotional triggers and negative thoughts have been discussed. By following them, a person can recover from emotional trauma quickly.
Firstly, what is the cause behind emotional sensitivity? It is chiefly biological. Research has shown that some people are born with relatively more intense emotions. This implies that they react differently in emotional situations. Their emotions are strong and take long to fade away. On the other hand, certain events in one’s life can also lead to emotional gullibility.
A characteristic trait of emotionally sensible people (like me) is that they are ashamed of their extreme reactions. How can people feel less ashamed of being emotionally susceptible?
Question yourself – is your shame based on certain facts? Emotions are critical to the way you behave, and they all serve a purpose. And shame has a purpose too – to restrain you from conducting yourself in ways that could garner disapproval in your group. Is the shame due to being judged as flawed? Give some thought into what your shame is about, its causes, and its implications.
What if the shame is not reasonable? In that case, you should ponder over methods to overcome the shame and not give in to any emotional gullibility. Shame will urge you to hide. You must do the opposite – you must not hide – you must stand up and face people when they say, “You’re overreacting,” You must respond with “Actually, this is just how I feel, this is just who I am—I just feel emotions intensely.”
The positive sides of being sensitive:
Society treasures analytical and logical thinking. However, in several cases, emotionally receptive people are passionate and bring about change in the world. Such people include artists, poets, social workers, statesmen, caregivers, and all those who contribute their talents to humanity.
The merits of emotional sensitivity are frequently overlooked. Try making a list of how your emotional sensitivity benefits you, and review this list occasionally. This will increase your positivity and induce balance in your life.
Emotional sensitivity – how should you deal with it?
Accept yourself. Let go of the myths about being emotionally sensitive and explore the reality of the matter. Learn about yourself – do you care too much? Do you articulate your emotions frankly? And accept these traits of yours and learn to live with them. Self-compassion is another idea – react to yourself like a friend who experiences emotions strongly.
In some cases, emotional sensitivity can lead to depression or anti-productive behaviors. If so, concentrate on altering your behaviors and engage in practices that help you manage your emotional susceptibility. Do not judge yourself, or let other people’s judgments get to you. It’s dangerous to beat yourself for being an emotional person – it only adds to the suffering.
How can we manage our emotions efficiently? There are several methods to combat emotional sensitivity.
One method is prevention. Prevention is better than cure after all. Get a sufficient amount of sleep, maintain your physical and mental health, exercise, eat nutritious food, and stay positive. Develop emotionally healthy relationships and build a reliable support network. Refrain from judging, don’t avoid your emotions, but learn to control them, and don’t encourage negative emotions.
The one thing an emotionally receptive person should do to ensure well-being?
They should accept themselves for who they are – totally and completely. Also, they should strive to change the habits that keep them from living life in their own accord.
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