(15) Staying Afloat When Times Are Tough

Staying calm in the midst of turmoil is one of the biggest challenges one can face as a highly sensitive person. Our finely tuned nervous systems have a low threshold for panic, and once we hit the “big waves,” it can be difficult to keep ourselves from being pulled under. The key is to make sure that you never get to that point, which is why it is so important to have a strategy to cope with difficult times. As my wife and I faced challenge after challenge during our move halfway across the country, my ability to “stay afloat” would be put to the test again and again! (more…)

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What would the world be like if it were run by HSPs and Introverts?
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What would the world be like if it were run by HSPs and Introverts?

This is a difficult question to research, since there probably aren’t many examples of HSPs and Introverts in political office. Think about it. How many of us would subject ourselves to the abuse one has to take in order to run for a major office? Also, while we may have strong leadership and problem-skills, we are unlikely to possess the personality traits that you commonly find in politicians. For example, we don’t have narcissistic or Machiavellian tendencies or a high degree of extraversion.

With those thoughts aside, let’s dream, shall we? What would the world be like if we were in charge?

  • There would be less conflict and more compromise. We dislike conflict and are natural peacemakers, so there would be less war and political infighting. We would use our diplomatic abilities to settle differences, seeking to unite rather than divide. We would call in the experts and make sure that we have the wisest people handling the most difficult and sensitive negotiations on both foreign and domestic matters. (more…)

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(14) Pay Attention to Red Flags!
Red flags at the beach warn swimmers of severe hazards in the water.

(14) Pay Attention to Red Flags!

As highly sensitive people, we are gifted with a strong sense of intuition. This insight arises from our keen awareness of what's going on around us and our ability to tap into the feelings and motivations of other people. We're also highly attuned to our own feelings and responses. When something is "off," we are quick to pick up on the discrepancy. Sometimes we may not even know why we register a red flag. The evidence may be a subtle facial expression that doesn't match a verbal communication. Unfortunately, we sometimes choose to ignore our intuition. We may dismiss our concerns as illogical or because we want a situation to work out. For example, a person falls in love and then willfully ignores all the red…

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Attention HSPs And Introverts: Why Do We Need Politicians?
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Attention HSPs And Introverts: Why Do We Need Politicians?

I think of this question a lot. I listen to the news, I read newspapers and the internet, and I can’t help but wonder how anything gets done. The fact of the matter is that nothing gets done in the way that it’s supposed to.

I’m not against government. I’m against bad government! I believe that we need administrators to make sure that the government is run smoothly and efficiently. In reality, government is a big business. Why can’t it be run like one? (more…)

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