Intuitive people and HSPs may go to dark emotional places
In her article Growing Up Gifted Is Not Easy, Elaine Aron, PhD writes about this dark aspect of sensitivity.
“Early in my research on sensitivity — while I was studying its relationship to introversion and the four Jungian functions of sensing, thinking, feeling, and intuition — I discovered several studies reporting that intuitive types are the most likely to have suicidal thoughts when they are depressed.
“This makes great sense–intuitive types tend to take things to their full conclusion, often without knowing the steps of reasoning that got them there.
“HSPs are often intuitive types (or else introverts, who tend to do the same thing–to me, Jung never fully clarified the difference between introversion and intuition).
“Hence when they begin to think about themselves or the state of their relationships or the state of the world, or all three at once, they can often come to very dark conclusions.”
Reasons for HSPs to go on
Being sensitive can also help us engage with the pleasures and beauties of life, as Dr. Aron notes:
“Family, friends, falling in love, service, beauty, nature, spiritual insights, laughter, satisfying work, curiosity about how humanity will handle the next few decades, dark as they may seem, and the awareness of the wrenching blow dealt to those left behind when one of us falls into the darkness–these are pretty good reasons to live.”
Being a coach as a highly sensitive person
“I think introvert or sensitive or shy people make the best coaches.” Barbara Sher – in article: Your Sensitivity Can Make You a Strong Personal Coach.
Heather Dominick, founder of A Course In Business Miracles, finds that being highly sensitive means “you are coded to be extremely successful within the world of self-employment.”
She quotes Elaine Aron: “For aggressive societies to survive they always need that priest – judge – advisor class. Highly sensitive persons tend to fill that advisor role.”
She hosts an ongoing free Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur webinar
– From article Thriving As A Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur.
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