You're not a mess.
Do you ever feel like you’re always overwhelmed with emotions? Have you ever walked into a room full of people and then felt really strange without even knowing why? Do you realize what someone else is feeling even before they tell you about it? If the answer to any of these questions is a straight up ‘yes’, then you might be an extremely sensitive person.
You might be in the minority, but always remember that you’re not alone. Not many people are aware of this but high levels of sensitivity are caused by a specific gene in our body, known as ‘empaths’. Around 15 to 20 % people in the world carry this gene which leaves them extremely emotional and sensitive.
For people like these, life can be tough. Not only do they have to deal with their own disruptive emotions all the time, they also have to clarify themselves to people who start believing that they’re just a mess.
Here are 23 signs to know that you’re not a mess, you’re just an extremely sensitive person:
1. You feel what the people around you are feeling
Not only are you sensitive towards your own life, you also feel sensitive towards other people’s emotions. This sometimes reaches the extent where you can actually feel exactly what they’re feeling. You might enter a room and instantly get a sense of what the people around you are feeling without even having to talk to them.
2. You easily get tired
You tend to always take on everyone else’s emotions as well as your own. This is the reason why you start feeling drained whenever you are around other people for long periods of time. You are usually completely burned out by the end of the day.
3. You have intensified senses
You feel extremely sensitive to bright lights, sudden movements, strong smells, coarse materials, and loud noise. Likewise, you're also able to notice rapid movements, dim lights, materials, soft noises, and faint smells that other people usually miss.
4. You possess a sixth sense
You always know things. You just do.
5. You get affected by other people’s moods
When you know that someone around you is in a bad mood, you get impacted by it. The same thing happens when someone around you has a good mood.
6. You wish to withdraw from time to time
At times, you just feel like withdrawing from and being alone for a while just to get some relief from the stimulation of the world.
7. You have very low tolerance for any kind of discomfort
Compared to others, you’re not at all tolerant of things, situations or people who make you feel uncomfortable.
8. And you even have low tolerance for witnessing other people’s discomfort
Not only is it hard for you to be in any kind of pain, it’s also hard for you to see anyone else in pain or even just uncomfortable. You cringe if you have to look at someone else’s injuries. You even feel it deeply.
9. You stay away from negative images
You feel the need to avoid any negative images shown in the media because they always end up upsetting you in a big way. If you see any kind of tragedy in the news, it gets to your head. And violence has never been a source of entertainment for you, whether it was actual or only in the movies.
10. You are a great listener
You really hear what another person says to you and you process it. You wish to understand them so you take enough time to make sure you actually do.
11. People often tell you you’re too sensitive
“You’re too sensitive.”
“You wear your heart on your sleeve.”
“You’re an overly emotional person.”
You’ve heard phrases like these your entire life. - Continue reading on the next page