Is sensitivity a gift or a curse?


According to the writer of this quote, Shannon L. Alder:

Sensitive people are the most genuine and honest people you will ever meet. There is nothing they won’t tell you about themselves if they trust your kindness. However, the moment you betray them, reject them or devalue them, they become the worse type of person. Unfortunately, they end up hurting themselves in the long run. They don’t want to hurt other people. It is against their very nature. They want to make amends and undo the wrong they did. Their life is a wave of highs and lows. They live with guilt and constant pain over unresolved situations and misunderstandings. They are tortured souls that are not able to live with hatred or being hated. This type of person needs the most love anyone can give them because their soul has been constantly bruised by others. However, despite the tragedy of what they have to go through in life, they remain the most compassionate people worth knowing, and the ones that often become activists for the broken hearted, forgotten and the misunderstood. They are angels with broken wings that only fly when loved.

This is an interesting quote and one that I think tackles the question of the pro’s and con’s of sensitivity well.  It does however feel as though it was written by someone who does not really entirely understand the gift of sensitivity, perhaps like many of us, or has experienced it in an immature state of development.

First of all, sensitivity is a gift that must be developed in a person like any other gift. A mature sensitive person does not when betrayed, rejected or devalued become the worst type of person. And they don’t end up hurting themselves in the long run either. Nor do they live with guilt and constant pain over unresolved situations and misunderstandings- eventually. And they most certainly are not tortured souls that are unable to live with others feeling very differently around them. And while they feel more than most, and their souls may be more bruised because of all they soak up around them, they remain the one’s who become activists for those who need their strength the most. What allows sensitive people to fly is helping others to repair their own broken wings and care about themselves. What sensitive people have over others is a great amount of EMPATHY. Using it to connect to others and help them is the fuel that makes a sensitive person feel loved.

What do you think about sensitive people? Is their sensitivity a blessing or a curse? What we know about them for sure is that they are in the vast minority around us. Only 5% of the population rely on their emotive and visionary abilities to ‘think’ through life’s challenges. Could we use more of them the world or do we have enough?

 

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