At times, my sensitivity has been a source of shame and embarrassment, especially before I found out being a highly sensitive person was a thing.
Highly sensitive people are hyper-aware of subtleties in their environment. This gives them an incredible advantage, but they also can become overwhelmed.
It’s not uncommon for highly sensitive people to struggle with being assertive. People may talk over them and disregard their feelings and viewpoints.
I was attempting to suppress my emotions. Up until this moment, I had thought that an intelligent person should not—or cannot—be a sensitive person.
I’m a highly sensitive person, and I spent years thinking I had to keep my sensitivity a secret and pretend to be “normal.”
I first came upon JOMO (the joy of missing out) in Oliver Burkeman’s column in The Guardian. Currently, I have been practicing the art of choosing.
I didn’t know I was a highly sensitive person for a long while. I just knew I was “different.” For me, this was particularly marked in social situations.
I’m a highly sensitive person, and I felt like I needed to be perfect and never disappoint anyone.
I thought I had a stress problem.
People pleasing is fascinating because it often has the opposite effect than what is intended.