Cry Them A River: Why It’s Okay To Be Sensitive

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photo credit: shelby sheene photography

Have you been told you’re too sensitive? That you cry too much? That you need to grow thicker skin?  Actually, being sensitive is a gift, not a flaw.

It started like any other morning. I checked my work emails, sipped my coffee, and ended up on social media. Bored, I decided to watch a shared clip of a medium performing a reading. The video only lasted three minutes but by the end of it my face streaked with tears. The person being ‘read’ experienced an array of emotions; from deep sadness to profound relief about her deceased father. Her emotional response affected me on a deep level and for those three minutes, I was the one experiencing the grief and relief.   I thought of my own journey, the people in my life, the concept of life and death, and suddenly a floodgate of emotions washed over me.

I wiped my face and thought “Really? You’re ridiculous. It’s just a video!”

But then it hit me. Why was I scolding myself for crying over something that touched me emotionally? Why is it a weakness to feel and show emotion, to be sensitive, to allow myself to be charged by a random event?

We live in a world where we hear it all the time: Suck it up and deal with it. You’re too sensitive! What are you going to do, cry about it?

Sure, there are people who use their ‘sensitive status’ to obtain what they want. Or maybe they’ve been catered to most of their life and associate crying and being overly sensitive with self-entitlement. But this isn’t true for everyone. Turns out that sensitive people are very complex. They are more intuitive, better sympathizers, and exceptionally in tune with the world around them.

There have been several studies showing that individuals who tend to suppress their tears don’t…[READ MORE HERE]

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