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Article: Science Says Being Highly Sensitive Is A Matter Of Genes, Not Personality


Excerpt from: http://www.lifehack.org/424772/science-says-being-highly-sensitive-is-a-matter-of-genes-not-personality

 

“A sensitive soul sees the world through the lens of love”

–Cheryl Richardson

Highly sensitive people (HSP) are a gift to mankind. Though often perceived as broken or weaklings, they are actually more intuitive, have deeper levels of empathy and carry with them the profound capacity to truly feel.Highly sensitive people are not damaged goods.  They posses the ability to resist society’s attempts at desensitization and have remained open, compassionate and alive instead of being cold and numb.

High Sensitivity is genetic

Research shows that rather than just being a personality type, like being shy or outgoing, high sensitivity is defined as having a hypersensitive nervous system. Heightened sensitivity makes a person acutely aware of subtleties in his/her surroundings, and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment.

I can hear you asking, “but isn’t our personality a product of our genes?”  And the answer to that question is yes and no.

To understand this question we first must understand that the essence of who we are is comprised of two parts: temperament and personality.

  • Temperament  refers to a set of innate or inborn traits that organize and determine a person’s approach to the world. It is the internal processor and is hard wired into the DNA.
  • Personality is what arises within an individual as a result of their temperament, life experiences, value system, education and a host of other factors. Personality is the driver of external responses, social interactions and behaviors.

Simply put, temperament is like an art canvas and personality is the painting on the canvas. The primary point is that personality can be changed and is constantly evolving but temperament remains the same.

High sensitivity is a result of one’s temperament and is reflected through their personality.

Brain activity in highly sensitive people is different than people without this trait

https://www.google.com/search?q=thoughtful+people&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=643&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi78uGpquTNAhWPsh4KHeE6AR8Q_AUIBigB#q=thoughtful+people&tbm=isch&tbs=sur:fc&imgrc=VAhsCTnPPVE9nM%3A

According to research,  the key difference is that, compared to the 80% without the trait, the brains of HSP’s are able to process everything around them much more—reflect on it, elaborate on it and make associations. When this processing is not fully conscious, it surfaces as intuition.

The brains of the highly sensitive are hyper-processing, assimilating, evaluating and synthesizing information all of the time. This is what causes them to become overwhelmed, feel tired and explains their tendency to withdraw for periods of time. They need a break.

 

read the antire article at: http://www.lifehack.org/424772/science-says-being-highly-sensitive-is-a-matter-of-genes-not-personality

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