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There are people who come into this world programmed to experience life on a very different sensory level than others.  Through no fault or special circumstance of their own, their central nervous systems are wired to experience stronger emotions, more intense feelings, and deeper thought processes than most.  Polish psychologist and psychiatrist Kazimierz Dabrowski termed this phenomenon Over-Excitabilities (OEs).  

Speaking from personal experience, I can say that those endowed with OEs, aka high sensitivity, do not have an easy go at life.  It is, in Dabrowski’s words “a tragic gift”.  “Tragic” because it leaves the person defenseless, raw, and exposed to all manner of physical, emotional, sensory, imaginational and intellectual onslaught.  And a “gift” because it nourishes the mind and spirit on a higher level, creating an exquisitely rich inner experience not generally accessible to most, and laying out the fertile ground on which unbounded creativity can flourish.   There is no getting around it though, for those living with OEs, the potential to experience higher highs, must also come with the potential to…

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