A Psychology Today article entitled, “Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? Should You Change?” (google it) gives some good information about HSP's including the fact that they are wired differently from birth and have highly sensitive nervous systems.
I know an HSP who after she had back surgery, the surgeon (world-renowned) informed her that she had an additional bundle of nerves at her spine and that he had "never seen that ever before in a patient." Interesting, eh?
Excellent, excellent reply! As my therapist put it, we don't get to choose our emotions, but we must choose and even train ourselves how to react to various emotions. What benefited me the most was to train myself to not react until I could discover why that particular emotion surfaced -- then I could react accordingly. Still not doing it perfectly, but I'm trying. My family has learned that my "delayed reaction" is a often good thing - they've learned that allowing me to sometimes take up to a day to "choose my reaction" is a blessing. I've found it beneficial because I'm no longer denying the emotion its moment, but at the same time I'm saving myself from having to apologize for the damage done when allowing the emotion to rule my actions.
I'm surprised Geoffrey didn't include ruling out a medical reason for this writer's emotional volatility. Could be endocrinology or neurologically based.
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