Bust these myths about sensitivity!

Bust these myths about sensitivity!

by Natalie L 10 Jan 2020

Interacting with sensitive people might sound challenging and even daunting, but is it really all that difficult? Are highly sensitive people indeed that hard to work with or befriend? Well, most of the things that you may have heard about highly sensitive people are likely unfair blanket statements. Here are 3 common myths about this highly misunderstood demographic.


Highly sensitive people often over-react

Highly sensitive people are likely to pick up on subtler signs and have heightened emotional responses to these signs. For them, it might be harder to brush away a criticism and not take it to heart. Thus, this is likely to make them more emotionally drained at the end of the day, compared to others. However, this does not mean that they always react excessively to the slightest of triggers. Being highly sensitive does not equate to being overly temperamental or hot-headed. In other words, it pays to be tactful but there's no need to mince your words for fear of causing a public meltdown.


Highly sensitive people break under stress

As the name suggests, highly sensitive people are indeed more sensitive to stressful stimuli from the environment. As a result, they tend to be more risk-averse compared to you and me. Nevertheless, this does not mean that they are incapable of handling stressful situations. Like anyone else, learning how to handle such situations with aplomb can come with training and experience. All they need is some occasional alone time to relax and recharge. 


Males are unlikely to be highly sensitive

In today’s society, many of us have the preconceived notion that most (if not, all) highly sensitive people are females. It is simply unthinkable for males to be highly sensitive as it goes against the idea of being masculine. However, emotional sensitivity is by no means a gendered concept. Your seemingly aloof male acquaintance might be highly sensitive but just excels at hiding it! Many highly sensitive males tend to downplay their emotions to due to societal pressure and gender expectations. 


Interacting with highly sensitive people might sound difficult at first, but it is important to get to know them for who they truly are. Making friends with people who are more in touch with their emotions doesn't need to be troublesome – a little bit of understanding goes a long way! Having an emotional anchor can even help some to overcome their prickly inclinations, and who else but a friend is best suited for that?