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    Quote Originally Posted by booyalab View Post
    The definition of hypersensitive is excessively sensitive. Excessive is also in the definition of overblown. Overblown emotions is the same thing as hypersensitivity.
    See there I would argue that the terms "excessive" and "overblown" are both loaded terms that need not necessarily be part of the discussion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laughing dolphin View Post
    So I guess that makes me "hypersensitive"...then again, I think the term certainly does seem to have a negative ring to it, doesn't it? As in, "my GOD, you are so SENSITIVE!" And I'm not one of those that takes umbrage at every little thing...
    Exactly. The word perhaps can be used in other contexts, but the typical encounter with the word is when it's used to mean "far too sensitive" or "inappropriately over-sensitive" -- as a criticism, not as a mere description. That's the common vernacular. A different word choice would have helped.

    Elaine Aron has popularized the phrase "Highly Sensitive," for people who are emotionally and physically sensitive to stimulation. This is a bit different than NF per se, but she was wise enough to avoid the "hypersensitive" faux pas.

    The sort of sensitivity we're talking about, well couldn't we just call it emotional/spiritual sensitivity? It's like Cole Seer in "The Sixth Sense," who is acutely sensitive to the spirits of the deceased -- except here NFs are generally acutely sensitive to the emotional emanations of people and their current "state of being." They are tied into the context and pattern of the person in question and are very aware of when something is "off" and even know how to interpret that sort of perception. Emotional state is part of this, certainly, but not all of what NFs are sensing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Exactly. The word perhaps can be used in other contexts, but the typical encounter with the word is when it's used to mean "far too sensitive" or "inappropriately over-sensitive" -- as a criticism, not as a mere description. That's the common vernacular. A different word choice would have helped.
    The irony would be kinda cute if we all get too offended by the word choice 'hypersensitivity'.

    Not sure this is related, but sometimes individuals with Downs Syndrome have a less sensitive nervous system and are more prone to have accidents of sorts. I've wondered if a highly active brain could be related to an easily stimulated CNS. Simply, I wonder if intelligence could have a stronger relationship to sensitivity to stimuli than temperament? (Worth stating that sensitivity to stimuli and degree of reaction are only loosely related)
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    Quote Originally Posted by toonia View Post
    The irony would be kinda cute if we all get too offended by the word choice 'hypersensitivity'.
    Well... I wasn't even going to bring it up... but then all the NFs got so touchy about it!!!

    Not sure this is related, but sometimes individuals with Downs Syndrome have a less sensitive nervous system and are more prone to have accidents of sorts. I've wondered if a highly active brain could be related to an easily stimulated CNS. Simply, I wonder if intelligence could have a stronger relationship to sensitivity to stimuli than temperament? (Worth stating that sensitivity to stimuli and degree of reaction are only loosely related)
    I'm not sure. A highly active brain might be focused on other things and be able to ignore the stimulation, or it could go the other way and notice much more stimulation than less active brains would. (But it is a good point to note that just because there is no external reaction to stimulation doesn't mean that the person isn't perceiving it a great deal internally.)
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    Yes, I'm very familiar with Elaine Aron and her term "highly sensitive' - and I agree with her, that some people just seem to have a nervous system that is "wired" a bit differently, that's a little more finely tuned, if you will (and yes, in many cases, more easily overwhelmed). For me, it's an emotional and physical thing - meaning I pick up on people's emotional states easily but also have quite a few physical sensitivities as well. Honestly, I think it's a great thing having this hyperawareness. Except for the fact that I often get itchy in my clothes and I can hear things that my husband sleeps through (can we talk about the sound of a gentle wind blowing across wind chimes in the middle of the night?), etc., etc., etc...
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    I think what people mean, when they say 'sensitive' in a derogatory way (the usual way), is they're talking about a person who is actually very insensitive. That is, they're always so self-obsessed, always thinking the world's got nothing better to do than talk/think/plot about them, so much so that they totally don't notice what a pain in the ass it makes them into for everyone else. Or how much it hurts other people when their benevolent comments are taken as criticisms and insults every time, and they have to walk around on eggshells.

    I'd actually say those sorts of people are not sensitive at all. I'd say that sensitive, the way I use the word, means someone who is sensitive to others' thoughts, needs and feelings, picking up on them and responding appropriately. Which is a good thing to be. As opposed to someone who is only sensitive to their own feelings, and expects everyone else to be all the time, even though they don't notice others' feelings. Which is a bad way to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWing View Post
    Would you call yourself hypersensitive?

    Sensitivity implies acute awareness of an entity, so in this case I have in mind an acute awareness of emotion.
    Yes, in the following ways (I'm not sure which is most relevent):

    1. Sensory: I can't stand loud noises, rapid or random movement, or being poked. I feel ill and angry when forced to face these.

    2. Emotionally: If someone gets upset, I notice this, and it can ruin my whole day, because it makes me feel upset too. Crying can make me cry, and worry can make me feel anxious.

    3. Generally: The slightest deviation from routine, or possibility of something bad happening causes me to panic. I'm kind of obsessed with knowing what's going to happen, and if I don't, I feel frightened, like I'm out of control.

    These are probably just the side-effects of being a strong Judging type, coupled with weak Se. What do you think?

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    I consider myself uncomfortably sensitive to others emotions, pick up their "vibes" way too easily and intensely and for that reason I often do what I can to shield myself from over emotional people, especially those with too much Fe.

    I have very little tolerance for people who live their lives as an intentional roller coaster of emotion unmitigated by reason, emotion just for the sake of feeling emotion. Being around them is like someone running nails down a chalk board.

    Feeling is valid and good and there for a reason, but some people are emotion junkies and I resent when they attempt to inflict their drama prone life on mine. Feeling should be respected and treated as the fine gift it is, not overblown into an overwhelming distraction and joy ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    2. Emotionally: If someone gets upset, I notice this, and it can ruin my whole day, because it makes me feel upset too. Crying can make me cry, and worry can make me feel anxious.
    I feel the same and that is what I was trying to express and not doing the best job of it. This is why I resent when emotion/drama junkies come around me crying and wailing about the latest *disaster* in their lives when they are not taking care to limit their self created pains and disasters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heart
    I have very little tolerance for people who live their lives as an intentional roller coaster of emotion unmitigated by reason, emotion just for the sake of feeling emotion. Being around them is like someone running nails down a chalk board.
    That's interesting. I feel the same exact way and I am Fe dominant.
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