Highly Sensitive People: How much socializing do you need?
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Highly Sensitive People: How much socializing do you need?

As a highly sensitive, introvert, or a person with social anxiety–how much socializing do you need? Studies show that our capacity to connect with other people plays an important role in our personal happiness, longevity, and ability to handle stress.

Since we tend to need a lot of “alone” time, it’s relatively easy to get caught up in our own “little worlds”. While it’s healthy to have some alone time, we need to be careful that we don’t take it too far and become socially isolated. (more…)

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Highly Sensitive People: What Are You Afraid Of?

What are you afraid of? I’m afraid of many things. They include public speaking, filling out forms, taking tests, looking foolish, being in social situations where I don’t know anyone, having a helpless feeling where I feel that I’m not in control, and many other ones that are too numerous to mention.

Can you relate to any of my fears? Fear is a common emotion that’s certainly not limited to highly sensitive people, though we will experience this emotion more intensely. Everyone has their share of things that cause them high anxiety. (more…)

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Highly Sensitive People: Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
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Highly Sensitive People: Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

As a highly sensitive person, I have to be aware of the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. Each winter, 500,000 people in the United States are said to become depressed and suffer from seasonal affective disorder or SAD, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The cause of this disorder is the decrease in the amount of available daytime light, an amount that drops from the long days of summer months.

It’s not the lack of light that causes a drop in mood specifically, it’s how that drop in light causes reactions in the body. Research from the Mayo Clinic suggests that lack of light can do one of three things in the body to cause depression. (more…)

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