“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”  – Krishnamurti

Do you feel fatigued, anxious, or overwhelmed by crowds, loud environments and emotionally-charged situations? Do you find yourself deeply affected by the problems and difficulties of others or our world? You may be highly sensitive or empathic.

High sensitivity (also called Sensory-Processing Sensitivity) is a genetic trait shared by 15-20% of the population and popularized by psychologist Elaine Aron. To the highly sensitive, the world can often feel unpleasantly intense, overwhelming and chaotic. Highly sensitive people often need to take extra time for self-care and learn to develop healthy boundaries. When highly sensitive people learn to honor their sensitivity as a strength they have so much to offer this world.

In addition to being highly sensitive, empathic people take on the energy, moods and often physical symptoms of those around them. This can lead to chronic illness, fatigue, anxiety, panic, depression or addictive behaviors. Empathic people can learn to develop healthy energy boundaries, discharge the energy of others and ground themselves in their own bodies.

Many highly sensitive people and empaths, both adults and children, benefit from therapy with someone who understands what it is like to be a sensitive person in this world. Together we can look at tools to help navigate a world that was not created with the sensitive soul in mind. Once you understand your own particular sensitivities, you can learn to work with these as skills to benefit yourself and others.

If you would like to take Dr. Aron’s self-test for High Sensitivity, you may do so here. A test for your children is also available here. If you would like to read more about being an empath, you can find more information and take a self-test here.

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde