By Ane Axford, MS, LFMT
I have often heard an analogy in the psychology field that creative geniuses and those who experience mental disorder are in the same water.
The difference is that one is swimming and the other is drowning.
Let’s talk about this water. These fluid, intangible, ever-changing emotions. Sensations.
Eventually you get to the conclusion that it’s true. There is no way to plan for now. You just show up.
On solid, dry land we can plan. We can map it out, chart it, monitor it. We can stand on it. We can build with it. It’s quite predictable. This is logic.
So what do many of us do who have found ourselves in this sea of sensations, tossing us around? We hold onto something really heavy and sink to the bottom to find a limit.
We cling to the edge and hold on TIGHT. When the water is calm, we may venture out a bit.
But, we always stay in the shallow end for fear of getting lost in the deep end. We get incredibly capable at holding on and our arms get really strong.
But, at the core we are weak. And for those at the bottom, they are drowning. Some just get tossed around over and over, assuming that is their lot in life. Beat up and broken down.
I find the same thing as I work with highly sensitive people in my therapy and coaching practice.
> Continued in article Are you drowning in a sea of sensitivity? It’s time to walk on water.
Originally posted 2011-04-30 10:06:26.