I have known I was empathic in nature for a very long time but have noticed that as I have grown older, I have become more “sensitive” to various outside stimuli. It is overwhelming at times to have emotions bombarding you that are not yours…to feel a depth of understanding that causes, inside, a sweet pain. But with the occassional staggering insight come the rewards. For who would we be if not for our emotions?
The research paper below describes me so well and helps me to understand some of the things that go on with me.
Environmental Sensitivity: A Neurobiological Phenomenon? by Michael Jawer
Researchers often use the term “sensitivity ” when theorizing that certain persons may be more readily affected by various influences than others. Through a review of the literature, it is argued that some individuals are disposed toward a range of sensitivities that, in novelty as well as intensity, distinguish them from the general population. The author cites evidence indicating that such persons exhibit greater susceptibility to a range of environmental factors including allergies, migraine headache, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue. Their immediate family members appear to be similarly affected. Additionally, these “sensitive” individuals report a high degree of anomalous perception. While no single factor in a person’s background is likely to distinguish him/her as sensitive, eight demographic or personality factors are found to be significant.
Go here to read the rest of this research paper: http://cogprints.org/4738/1/Environ._Sensitivity_Paper_-_Seminars_Journal.pdf
“Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.” ~ Mark Twain