Blue Dragon Journal

On Being Highly Sensitive

by Eliza Ayres

Western culture has not always appreciated the highly sensitive among us. I should know since I am one of the 15 to 20% of the population often mistaken as being “shy”, socially inept or socially backward. While I thought myself shy for many years, I have since found out different. I’m merely different. As I learn to accept what I am, I’ve grown more comfortable with being just who I am, without apologies to anyone.

The highly sensitive are just that, sensitive to loud noises, smells, strong emotions, confrontation and clutter. I feel more comfortable doing something alone than attending a party. As I have gotten older, I have learned that I require more alone time just to unwind from a day at work. I seek solace like many others seek company. I find my own company quite enough, especially when in the…

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  1. Thanks for sharing your experience ♥ Only little more than a year ago did I learn to protect myself from some environments that would leave me feeling really bad and it was more or less at that time that I realized there were so many highly sensitive people like me. It would beside the point to go through my whole experience here, but again… thanks for sharing! ♥

  2. I entered a message but I don’t know where it went so I am entering it again here.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I can relate to so much of what you have written. During my young adult years I was depressed, misunderstood, and I felt alienated. After years of searching, reading and studying things became very clear to me about who I am and why I am here. It is wonderful to know who I am.
    Love and light

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