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It’s Never Easy To Be A Sensitive Person, Here’s Why

It’s Never Easy To Be A Sensitive Person, Here’s Why

Sensitivity can be a gift, but it’s never easy to cope with it at times. If you’re one, you’ll know.

Here are the difficulties we face.

1. We Feel Much More

We feel so much more than other people. We can pick up on the atmosphere in a room as soon as we walk in. Sometimes we will feel exactly as the other people are feeling.

We wonder why all of a sudden our mood has changed from calm to anxious when really we’ve just picked up on the anxiety of someone close to us. We are like sponges – soaking up the emotional energy that surrounds us. This is not always a good thing – it can be very frustrating at times.

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2. We Pay Attention To Details

Going out for dinner with a sensitive person can prove to be a real exercise in restraint. We pay so much attention to detail that we have to consider every eventuality before reaching a decision.

It can be comical to observe this in action unless of course you’re in a hurry.

3. We Are Likely To Develop Anxiety And Depression

I have Bipolar Disorder. Genetics plays a role but my highly sensitive nature was a determining factor in the development of this condition.

We react so strongly to our environment that our nervous systems become overwhelmed and start to malfunction.

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For this reason, sensitive people should learn about how they work and put some measures in place to protect themselves from being overwhelmed too often.

4. We Are Sensitive to Our Physical Environment

Loud noises, bright lights and strong smells all affect us in a very negative way. Just walking down the street or hanging out in a bar can be hard work. We become over-stimulated and perhaps agitated. Getting away from the source of this reaction is the best thing to do. This can be a major inconvenience at times.

I react like there’s an earthquake when I walk past a jackhammer on the street. Heads turn and people laugh but to me the sound is absolutely unbearable.

5. Our Emotions Stay For A Long Time

We have to be very careful not to watch violence on T.V or read violent books. The negative images can stay with us forever.

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As much as I’d love to watch ‘The Walking Dead’ it’s out of the question for me.

I avoid funerals whenever I can. If I do attend a funeral I will almost always be depressed by the time I get home.

6. We Cry So Easily

We can’t have a good argument without crying. We cry at funerals, saying goodbye at the airport, listening to other people’s problems or watching a touching movie.

It’s important that family and friends are supportive to sensitive people at these times, particularly sensitive children. They should never be discouraged from crying.

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7. We Think So Deeply

We can’t seem to just take things at face value. We ruminate over things as if each issue were a life or death situation.

In doing this we often build things up in our mind to be far more important than they are. This causes us unnecessary stress and can affect those around us if we involve them.

8. We Hurt So Badly

When someone does something to hurt us it really hurts so badly. It takes us a long time to recover from hurt.

Many of us will withdraw or close ourselves off emotionally for fear of getting hurt again.

While it may be difficult – being sensitive is manageable. Taking time out away from the noise and bright lights and avoiding high-risk situations, (anywhere people may be having negative emotions) will help you to protect yourself.

Featured photo credit: Blond Girl Thoughfully Watching A Sunrise/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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