The "What's Phil Worried About Today" blog;
The Highly Sensitive person.
Is there such a thing as feeling too much? There seems to be. Some people find themselves overwhelmed with empathy or sympathy for others. Or suffer high sensory processing sensitivity, as described in traditional psychiatry.
In episode 009 of the W.P.W.A.T podcast, writer, guitarist, and singer Lydia Cole tells me about her Highly Sensitive person condition. "It's not a disease. And it's actually a really good thing. To be highly sensitive, I kind of see it as a superpower. I walk into a room and I feel how someone's feeling." Lydia says, of the term HS person. She's working on learning how to manage the potentially detrimental effects that she's experienced from the condition, so that she can make the most of the positive aspects of having a heightened level of empathy and sensitivity for her fellow human. This high level of feeling is evident in her music and lyrics.
Lydia also tells us about self-harming in times of stress, which currently presents in the form of hair pulling.
And after a very successful Kickstarter campaign for her new album recording, she talks of the pressure of being a one woman band, and the stress of having to make the most of each day in the studio. "If I've got a day in the studio, I've gotta be on, Otherwise I've wasted you know…… I can't be productive when I'm anxious. I can't. I don't feel right and I can't think straight. Everything becomes completely blurry, and reality isn't useful to me, because I'm just sitting in my head going, what if, what if, what if I don't feel. What if, you know, and just totally getting out of control."
So how much feeling is too much? What experiences have you had with "feeling too much"? Or caring too much?
Personally, in times of high anxiety, I sometimes find myself wishing I just didn't care so much about my mortality, and my unrealistic desire for total peace on earth. Is that a form of caring or feeling too much?
What do you think?
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