Are you told you are "too sensitive" or need "thicker skin"? Having the capacity for depth in our competitive culture can seem impossible.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Those who describe experiencing the world as a "highly sensitive person" or "empath" generally have a much harder time fitting into the prescribed cultural and social norms. These folks typically have intense emotions, mood swings, sleeping difficulties, and very high anxiety. Learning what types of environments and people are right for them and learning how to communicate their needs is critical to their overall well-being and fullness of living. Discernment skills are also important for the HSP/empath, as they often feel the feelings of others, not knowing what feelings are their own or someone else's. When a highly sensitive person is traumatized, or has been traumatized in childhood (and the memories have gone underground), the results can be very confusing for both the HSP and their caregivers/loved ones. They may hear voices, see visions, and report paranormal activity. I can help navigate this confusing journey and have extensive experience doing so.
What kinds of people/stories/topics "move" you, speak to your heart, make you teary eyed? Are you passionate about a movement or cause? What is meaningful to you about your own life story? Discovering what is personally meaningful to you will aid in living a more fulfilling, purposeful, heart-centered life. I believe that we all have the innate capacity to connect to our own divine nature, and when we learn to access it, can help guide us to more meaningful living. I believe in mystery, and that not all things are to meant to be factual, scientific, or proven to be worthy of belief.
Often individuals with emotional intensity and depth struggle with their own sense of grounding, either in their current relationships, in childhood with a narcissistic parent, or perhaps both. This can result in the common AA term, "codependency". For codependents, assertiveness can feel like the "enemy" but when learned is the key to long-lasting healing and improved self-esteem, and supports the health and growth of ALL participants in the relationship.