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#HighlySensitivePeople: When Did You Find Out That You Were A Highly Sensitive Person?

April 12th is a very significant date for me. April 12th was the birthday of my late father, Matthew. April 12th, 2005 was the date that I discovered I was a highly sensitive person.

There’s a lot of sadness for me on this day. It’s hard for me to believe that my father passed away over thirty years ago. He and I were so much alike in temperament and personality. In my case, it proves that high sensitivity is an inherited character trait.

I regret that my father and I didn’t get along well. We loved each other, but we had very different views on life. Unfortunately the only people we couldn’t get along with were each other.

I wish that I knew about high sensitivity earlier in my life. I think my father and I would have understood each other better, and our relationship would have been less contentious. I regret that my father didn’t have a longer life. We could’ve talked about what I’ve learned about high sensitivity. I wish that he could’ve read what I’ve written about the subject. I hope that he would have been proud of me.

April 12, 2005 was a day of rebirth for me, so I think of it as kind of a birthday for me as well. I went to a class on the topic… Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? The class was very enlightening, and I suddenly felt that I knew myself better than I ever had before! I had always felt different from others but never understood why. The term “highly sensitive person” finally gave a name to what I felt and provided answers to questions I had my whole life. Can you relate to this?

This lead me to do more research on this subject. I gained so much insight! I now have a burning desire to educate others on this subject from my personal point of view. That is the basic theme for all my writings. My philosophy is that the more you understand yourself, the happier and more productive your life will be. You’ll be able to utilize the positive chartacteristics that you already have. You’ll feel much better about yourself and have a more positive outlook on life.

“True joy comes when you inspire, encourage, and guide someone else on a path that benefits him or her.”   Zig Ziglar

When did you learn that you were an highly sensitive person? How has this affected your life? If you have highly sensitive children, how would this information affect their lives? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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