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Highly Sensitive People: What’s The Matter With Being Different?

As a highly sensitive person, I always felt self-conscious for being different. What’s the matter with being different? Aren’t we all different? Why do people sometimes feel the need to be “normal” and fit in with society? I felt different when I was a child.  I was self-conscious about my appearance and didn’t feel like I fit in with others. Since I was tall for my age, children frequently teased me about my height. I felt awkward, wasn’t popular, and only had a few friends.

As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I don’t have that need to fit in. I’m happy being myself and don’t try to be something that I’m not. That’s the message that I want to impart to others.

Sure, as highly sensitive people, we take in things, emotionally and physically, more than others, but we’re not unlike others who also have insecurities.

When you really think about it, we’re all different! What would this world be like if we were all the same? Boring and unproductive! It takes “different people” to come up with interesting, unique, and innovative ways of living and doing things.

Why not celebrate your uniqueness, rather than be self-conscious? Why should you berate yourself and hide your differences? Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Your true friends will accept you the way you are.

In what ways do you feel different? Has this hurt or helped you? What can you do to utilize your unique qualities? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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