Thread of emo­tions

Down to Earth - - BOOK -

known to be “hy­per­sen­si­tive”,be­ing able to pick up,feel and re­act to a broader range of stim­uli than we can. Sadly, this state of “hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity” is of­ten neg­a­tively per­ceived and even de­scribed as “ab­nor­mal” or ex­ces­sive in its psy­cho­log­i­cal or phys­i­cal re­sponse— par­tic­u­larly in so­ci­eties that re­gard rea­son and logic as the fun­da­men­tal ways to ap­pre­hend life. How­ever, I would ar­gue that the idea of hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity should be re­garded as a pos­i­tive state, en­abling liv­ing beings to pick up on and re­spond to one an­other’s emo­tions with greater sen­si­tiv­ity, from which there could be so many ben­e­fits. For ex­am­ple, a height­ened sense of sen­si­tiv­ity and self and oth­ers would al­low us to be aware of how we af­fect one an­other, and how we feel about sit­u­a­tions as they un­fold. This has the po­ten­tial to re­duce con­flicts and help us to lead richer and more con­nected lives.

The au­thor is a free­lance pho­tog­ra­pher study­ing in Ger­many

Their `hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity' is of­ten neg­a­tively per­ceived and even de­scribed as `ab­nor­mal'

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