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Highly sensitive person...

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Over the last week I have called myself "Anxiety-driven" a couple of times... I don´t like it but think it is adequate and think I need to deal with this inside that contains a lot of stress. On an intellectual level I can´t see that there is something really wrong with anything in my life. It is what it is and compared to many I have an exiting, inspiring and wonderful life. I can´t deal very good with my overweight and I can´t deal that good with my postponing and other defects – but all in all I do not harm people or the environment ( well I do but less than many others living in rich countries) and I am contributing more than I withdraw... but it is not enough to my mind. There is a lot of self-loathing , insecurity and ...oh my god - LOOK at this!

The sun came through the clouds an the view through my kitchen window instantly became magic!

Hehe, the mental inside got off track for a moment there...anyay - I am reading a book about HSP-people - highly sensitive persons and as 20 procent of the population is said to belong to the HSP category, about half of those HSP is also very extrovert and combine high senitivity with a sort of reckless exhibitionism... that would be me. Let´s see if this book will give me any tools to feel better about things! It is written by swedish authors (the translation would be something like "Don´t drown in your emotions") but I am sure there are a lot of english self-help books on the matter as well.

2 dm of snow has fallen, very beautiful and good for the Swedish Rally that starts tomorrow. I don´t like it as I don´t like winter, but have to admit that it is really really beautiful! Just wish I did not have to drive or walk - walking in nature is ok but in town...muddy, dirty, slippery...and driving is dangerous, I do have winter wheels of course but it is still a little scary.
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    I don't drive on snow either. I get all nervous and shaking and I would do the wrong thing, brake.
    1931 days ago
    I'm a HSP, but mostly introverted. I need people and even groups of people, yet groups stress me out, and to cover my stress I eat a lot more at gathering where there is food involved.

    I used too be a more extroveted HSP, but marriage to an abuser made me very introverted, and regretably more highly sensitive.

    It's the pits being so highly sensitive as most people don't understand it, and even look down on someone that sensitive.
    1931 days ago
    Take it easy out there on the slippery roads.
    1931 days ago
    Pretty view, and sunshine is so precious in the winter months!

    I read HSP too. We have to take good care of ourselves.
    1931 days ago
    Yes, there are many books about HSP's.
    The concept may be useful.

    1931 days ago
    I was a Highly Sensitive teenager, but a lot of it got pounded out of me while raising 3 boys. It's called Pragmatism, and the rallying cry is "Oh, Well".
    1932 days ago
    I'm a HSP INTROVERT. Like Glenn, I retired early and am enjoying life so much more. Took careful planning and I don't have a lot of money. But, I have enough. Being with groups of people is stressful for me, I am more in control of my days retired and much happier. I retired at 60 because I thought I might only have 5 good years left and didnt' want to spend them in a high stress job. I wanted to enjoy my family. It was a good decision with the added bonus of my life being better than ever. By her age 65 we'd lost my Mom to Alzheimer's, now losing my sister; so far I'm OK at 71. Bonus years as far as I'm concerned. I'll take it, one day at a time! We are what we are-just continue to do your best. Hugs.
    1932 days ago
    I sometimes wondered if I was a highly sensitive person. I was working a very social job, and for the last 6 years of it, I was very self conscious, and nervous at times. I had a problem with nausea. Them, at 60 years old, I retired to stay home with my my wife, who needed my help (though she would never have admitted it.) I have learned to love life again. I am no longer plagued by the daily anxiety I had that was related to my job. There are times I'm relating to other people, but free of the anxiety that was so prevalent. I am convinced it was a storng social anixety that has now all but disappeared. I wonder if your anxiety might be work related or due to a situation you may at some time in the near future, be able to get out of it. If you're like me, it really helped. Glenn
    1932 days ago
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