#HighlySensitivePeople: Are You Lonely?

Highly sensitive people are not more prone to loneliness than anyone else, though we may experience it in a more profound way. Everyone has some degree of loneliness, and it can manifest in many different ways.

Although highly sensitive people often have social anxiety and may socialize less than average, there are many people who can feel lonely in the middle of a crowd. In other words, a sense of isolation is not always just the result of limited social contact. Many other factors, such as emotional withdrawal, lack of trust, or just not being able to make adequate connections, can cause feelings of loneliness and isolation. Thus, not only is it important for us to reach out to others, but also to do it in a way that feels comfortable. When we feel “safe”, we are able to make much more meaningful connections. (more…)

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#HighlySensitivePeople: Are You Feeling Stuck?

As a highly sensitive person, I sometimes feel frustrated that I’m not making progress in my life. Personal growth is a natural progression of life. How come so many of us resist something that makes us smarter to make a better life for ourselves?

Could it be that any kind of change, good or bad, upsets our normal routine that causes stress? Maybe we are addicted to feeling sorry for ourselves and feel better in this state of being? Perhaps feelings of hopelessness may feel less threatening than to take the actions and responsibility to make our lives better? (more…)

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#HighlySensitivePeople: Pet Grieving Resources & Heartwarming Poem

I'm overwhelmed in a good way about the outpouring of well wishes and condolences that I received when I mentioned the death of Prissy, our family cat of 19/1/2 years. My family and I appreciate your thoughts in our time of sorrow. This has been a difficult week thinking about Prissy. I've learned that grief can't be turned off and on like a faucet. My family and I realize that this hurt feeling will linger and that we need to be patient and process our feelings in our own way. The support of each other as well as others help us cope. Our compassionate Vet, Dr. Laura Kee, who helped us with Prissy's transition, offered us a list of grieving resources. It's my hope that…

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