Emotional hypersensitivity: 5 common but poorly understood reactions

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Emotional hypersensitivity: 5 common but poorly understood reactions
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People who are emotionally hypersensitive generally tend to feel and reflect the energy and emotions of the people around them. Even if it can be difficult to interact with such people because of their intense sensitivity, it is important to try and understand them, and to avoid judging them. Bu increasing our understanding, we can learn how to defuse their reactions, which can often be intense. 

1) Hypersensitivity and irritability

When people who are hypersensitive become overloaded with tasks and jobs, whether it’s at work or in their daily lives, they can suffer from stress and anxiety. They are often creative people who tend to be perfectionists, and they work best alone, in a calm space, where they can concentrate on one thing at a time.

Noise and the busy world can lead to stress and anxiety in such people, which prevents them from being fully effective and productive. This can be a real limitation for them at work, especially if they have to share an office or work permanently on a team. Such work environments do not allow them enough solitude, which they really enjoy and for which they have a strong need.

When they become stressed or anxious, hypersensitive people can become irritable and difficult to be around, but this is their way of protecting themselves and of dealing with unpleasant emotions.

2) They find it hard to tolerate noise

Nowadays, loud noise and chaos is simply part of everyday life. From being woken up in the  morning to the sound of an alarm, to cars beeping in traffic, to the noise of a computer mouse clicking or a crying baby, through to the noise of watching the news or a film in the evening, we live in an almost perpetual racket.

But noise is exactly what hypersensitive people are trying to avoid as much as possible. This is why they can often suffer from a phenomenon called misophonia. In this case, any kind of  a noise, such as squeaking tyres or the sound of cracking knuckles, can be intolerable for them.

These noises can cause anxiety and stress in hypersensitive people, and they can sometimes have intense reactions that take people around them by surprise if they don’t understand them.

3) They can be very empathetic and often fight for the rights of others

The majority of very sensitive people “take things to heart”, because they are highly empathetic and can easily put themselves in the shoes of people who are suffering or who need help.

This is why they can sometimes, depending on the degree of hypersensitivity, have very intense reactions to injustice and violence. 

They are attentive to detail, and are gifted at interpreting non-verbal language, and they have high radars for lying and hypocrisy.

4) They need a great deal of solitude

Although it may not be to most people’s tastes, highly sensitive people very much enjoy spending time alone. Almost every day, they need solitude and calm in order to recharge and relax. They make the most these moments of tranquility, outdoors in nature whenever possible, to reflect and/or clear their minds.

This need can lead them to refusing invitations, turning off their phones or not responding to calls and messages for a while, which can sometimes cause problems among their friends and families.

5) Misunderstood mood swings

When hypersensitive people experience physical discomfort, such as headaches or hunger, their moods can change rapidly. Very much in tune with their own bodies, hypersensitive people tend to concentrate on bodily sensations when their bodies alert them to distress signals, such as pain or physiological needs, which can lead to mood swings that they find hard to control, and which others can find hard to understand.

Even if it may be difficult to put yourself in their place, we need to try to understand such people, as it is not a disorder but a personality trait.