Hypersensitivity: when emotions cross the line

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Who is hypersensitive? Is it a pathology? The question is important, at a time when, for some, feelings are no longer good for showing. Hypersensitivity, what is it? Should we treat it?

Sensitive. Sensitivity. Hypersensitivity Behind these words hides a perception of things that is difficult to define, and for good reason: we are all different. For example, before a friend who tells of a heartbreak, who will listen to her with an objective ear and something distant? Who will receive her sentence with empathy? Who is going to suffer with it excessively? More importantly, is there a right attitude and a wrong attitude? Lets take a look at Rodolphe Oppenheimer, psychoanalyst.

How to define hypersensitivity?

Rodolphe Oppenheimer: We all know compassion, we are all moved by the feelings that surround us. The hypersensitive person is more than average. She feels everything in an exaggerated way, be it the emotions, the sufferings, the negative states. A relatively recent word corresponds well to this reality and is the word "empath." Empathy is the person who feels more empathy than the average.

Is it a pathology?

"For me, it is still a character trait. A hypersensitive person all the time, receives emotions in a certain way, and will receive them all the time that way, not just in this or that period of his life. Not just when he was tired. or when he was in crisis. "

Lets say it is a character trait. Some hypersensitive people do very well and assume this state. But others suffer from it. What to advise them?

Some people fall into the Savior syndrome: the first to listen to others, they offer advice that they cannot apply themselves. Totally turned towards others, they forget themselves. For them, my advice is in one sentence: "Re-focus on yourself." It is a behavioral work that consists in listening to yourself, in having a real recognition of your emotions.

Specifically, how to do it?

Writing can be of great help. Invest in a personal notebook, and write down your list of personal goals (take care of myself, eat better, play sports) and write down your feelings, tastes, emotions, this is a concrete process and often useful. And for the hypersensitive to calm down: your quality of listening to others will only get better.

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