High sensitivity to noise, stress and emotions: hypersensitivity affects 30% of the population. Do you feel different? Do you live more intensely? On the occasion of the National Day of hypersensitivity, this January 13, we take stock of its main manifestations.
Hypersensitivity is a recent concept dating from the 1990s. It is an American researcher and psychologist, Elaine Aron, who began research and published a first book on the subject in 1996.
The term “hypersensitive” comes from the English translated “highly sensitive” but we also speak of “high sensitivity“or”high sensitivity“.
Hypersensitivity is not a disease
It is not a disease, nor one of an anomaly or a psychic disorder. In fact, hypersensitivity plays out at different levels:
Sensations (hyperesthesia): you cannot stand the light, the noise, the smells, the perfumes, the contacts (clothing labels).
Emotions : emotions are more intense or more varied. In general we are used to 4/5 types of emotions, in hypersensitive people the range of emotions is wider.
Of thought : you are “hyper-thinking”, you ruminate, you ask yourself a lot of questions.
Intuitions : you feel the atmosphere of a group, a person, a place.
These are the main manifestations of hypersensitivity.
Saverio Tomasella, psychoanalyst and doctor in psychology, estimates that around 25% of the French population is very sensitivetherefore “hypersensitive” and thatin total 50% of the general population is “sensitive”, or 35 million people in France. The other half would then be less sensitive or even insensitive.
As a rule, it is said that women are more sensitive, while it would infact just as many sensitive men. The latter having a greater tendency to hide or even camouflage their sensitivity.
For Saverio Tomasella, it is still necessary to distinguish the “ultra-sensitive” endowed withempathy and the others, the “hypersensitive.”
Where does hypersensitivity come from?
According to a study from 2011, the thalamus would be less active in hypersensitive people. This organ “filters” sensory information in the brain. It is true that hypersensitive people often say they are “without filters”. Other avenues have also been explored in functional brain imaging, this time showing a more active pain center in people with high sensitivity.
Source : Hypersensitivity for Dummies, Saverio Tomasella and Cédric Vitaly
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You lose control of your emotions You can go from laughing to tears or anger. You are overcome by your emotions, you feel them more strongly and you cannot manage them, like emotional tsunamis. You also sometimes feel the state of the people around you, you absorb their emotions “like a sponge”. Experiencing all these emotions makes a hypersensitive person very tired.
You are deeply hurt by criticism and blame You are very vigilant towards others and you interpret the slightest deeds and gestures of people towards you. Hasty judgments, mockery and criticism affect you a lot. People with high sensitivity often seek to know what others think of them, even if it means forgetting themselves.
You are very curious You will be interested in everything. You like to explore new worlds and study a subject in depth. You also ask a lot of questions, trying to understand everything, even if it means appearing indiscreet. Someone who is hypersensitive likes to satisfy their great curiosity. This endless curiosity is also very beneficial in human relationships to better understand and know others.
You are looking for deep and authentic relationships You like real relationships, based on listening, respect and trust. You’re looking for non-superficial relationships that allow you to bond with the person. You appreciate that people have the same values as you. A highly sensitive person desires a relationship with someone who understands and respects them, without getting anything in return.
You are spontaneous You act without thinking too much and you have an open mind. You are simple, sincere with a touch of innocence as if you had kept your child’s soul. This natural and a little naive aspect of the hypersensitive makes all its charm and can surprise, especially if the person acts spontaneously when they feel comfortable, in a restricted circle or in a benevolent environment.
You forget about daily tasks If you tend to procrastinate, forget personal appointments, or miss everyday tasks like washing dishes? It is also a sign of hypersensitivity. The person with high sensitivity seems to want to flee the boredom of everyday life and the banalities. She is in search of meaning and prefers to dream and imagine her present than to achieve imposed things.
You need to isolate yourself An overly stimulating environment and too long and repetitive social interactions exhaust you and push you to withdraw into yourself? A person with high sensitivity needs calm, reflection, introspection to rest and refuel. She often prefers to be alone, it is her precautionary principle to avoid exhaustion.
You don’t like the unexpected In normal times you manage to control everything, foresee everything and anticipate everything. A last minute change of schedule, an added task, a surprise guest … and you are stressed? You need benchmarks to reassure you. A small upheaval can destabilize everything in your day or even make you lose your means. A hypersensitive person is quickly disturbed when faced with the unexpected.
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