“I’m too sensitive to watch most of the reality shows. It’s so painful for me.” Amy Brenneman
We may have thoughts that are based on irrational beliefs about how life is, or how we “should be” – and those thoughts can become habitual responses, and be too broad or inaccurate to serve our personal growth.
For example, thinking at times, “I’m too sensitive.”
Well, what does that really mean?
Too sensitive for what? Maybe it’s just there are situations that cause you more discomfort than you want to put up with.
The comment by actor, writer, producer Amy Brenneman is a much more concrete and specific – and therefore real – statement than simply “I’m too sensitive.”
One way to evaluate self-critical or self-limiting statements is to ask yourself, If you made this kind of comment – e.g. “You’re too sensitive” – to your friend or child, would it be helpful to them? Would it encourage and support them?
Some critical thinking and feeling, when it isn’t extreme, compulsive, unreal or distorted, can be encouraging, stimulating of achievement and growth.
Actor Will Smith once commented, “I keep going because I doubt myself. It drives me to be better… It makes me excel.”
And Geena Davis thinks “you could scratch the surface of most actors and find insecurity played a big part in their drive to become successful.”
Many actors, writers and other artists identify themselves as being sensitive. It can be a very real asset.
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Choosing not to watch a physically or emotionally violent TV show or movie is one way to practice self-care.
But what about the other ways we can get overwhelmed by feelings and sensations?
“I’m an empath, intuitive (aka poster child for psychic sponge person), creative, writer, designer, Reiki master, gemstone empath (I listen deeply to the stones and understand how they can help, an ability that helps me create powerful jewelry) & accountant.
“I remember times when I’d go to a trade show or other crowded place and the overload of energy would be so great that I’d be spacey, have a headache, even have trouble breathing – one time I ended up out front hyperventilating and crying hysterically.
“I was so embarrassed. I had to forgo a lot of things I wanted to do because of this. I knew spiritual protection techniques and what to do, and it just wasn’t enough. The BioElectric Shield practically saved my life and sanity.”
From her article An Empath’s Story, on the BioElectric Shield site.
Also see multiple articles on Highly Sensitive People by BioElectric Shield.
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Also see articles:
Being Highly Sensitive and Creative. “Creatives often feel and perceive more intensely, dramatically, and with a wildly vivid color palate to draw from, which can only be described as looking at the world through a much larger lens.” – Creativity Coach Lisa Riley.