Our personality trait of high sensitivity, or sensory processing sensitivity, provides many positive qualities, such as increased potentials for creativity and empathy – but can also lead to challenges like anxiety and overwhelm.
The photo is Emma Thompson as Divination Professor Sybill Trelawney in the Harry Potter movie series.
In an interview article, Thompson commented about her character that she was “Mad as a bucket of snakes.”
Costume designer Jany Temime agreed with the actress that Trelawney was mad but added, “She has a reason to be mad. She has trouble coping with her life, her job.” – From article: Behind the scenes: Professor Trelawney, Pottermore.com.
In real life, Thompson has talked about being affected throughout her life by depression – see my article Emma Thompson and Depression.
There are many varieties of stress, fatigue, worry, trauma, unhealthy self-regard and other anxiety-related experiences that can impact our lives and creative expression.
Taking steps for self-care is important for anyone, but especially when you are highly sensitive or creative.
See a variety of perspectives and resources from Elaine Aron and other psychologists, coaches and authors that can help you support healthy levels of energy and deal better with stress and anxiety, and other emotional health challenges, in the article “How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety When You’re Creative and Highly Sensitive.”
A very different depiction of ‘madness’ is The Snake Pit (1948) with Virginia (Olivia de Havilland) struggling with her insanity in a state asylum.
But we don’t have to be clinically diagnosed with a mental illness to feel ‘crazy’ at times.
An article on the BioElectric Shield site notes:
Do you have times that you wonder if you are crazy?
Do you have strange health and emotional issues that just seem to have no solution? We may have some good news for you. You may not be crazy after all.
Elaine Aron is a pioneer in understanding what she has termed Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). There is a self-test that you can take…
We are including this information because a large number of people who come to us are suffering as highly sensitive people.
Estimates from Elaine Aron and Rose Rosetree, author on several groundbreaking books on Empaths, are that 15-20% of the people walking around today are highly sensitive.
This sensitivity can dramatically impact your ability to cope with the ever increasing chaos and energy in the world today.
I get on the phone many days and the person on the other end starts talking about their challenges, sometimes even saying that they think they are either crazy or just very weak, unable to stand up for themselves.
I normally ask a few questions about their experiences to see if they do fit into the highly sensitive category. If so, I share some of my own story and journey to finding the BioElectric Shield and how it changed my life.
> Continued in article Are You Crazy, or are you a Highly Sensitive Person?
The company site has a number of other articles and research papers on protecting against electromagnetic radiation.
See more articles on emotional challenges on this Highly Sensitive site.