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By Therese J. Borchard
Associate Editor


Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Douglas Eby,
M.A./Psychology, who is a writer and researcher on the psychology of creative
expression, high ability and personal growth. He is creator of the Talent
Development Resources series of sites (including HighlySensitive.org)
at http://talentdevelop.com. I know many of you are “highly sensitive” and enjoy articles on that topic, so I am excited to pique his highly-sensitive brain today!

 


Question: If you had to name the top five gifts of being highly sensitive, what would they be?


Douglas:


1. Sensory detail


One of the prominent “virtues” of high sensitivity is the richness of sensory detail that life provides. The subtle shades of texture in clothing, and foods when cooking, the sounds of music or even traffic or people talking, fragrances and colors of nature. All of these may be more intense for highly sensitive people.


Of course, people are not simply “sensitive” or “not sensitive” — like other qualities and traits, it’s a matter of degree.


Years ago, I took a color discrimination test to work as a photographic technician, making color prints. The manager said I’d scored better, with more subtle distinctions between hues in the test charts, than anyone he had evaluated.


That kind of response to color makes visual experience rich and exciting, and can help visual artists and designers be even more excellent.


2. Nuances in meaning


The trait of high sensitivity also includes a strong tendency to be aware of nuances in meaning, and to be more cautious about taking action, and to more carefully consider options and possible outcomes.


3. Emotional awareness


We also tend to be more aware of our inner emotional states, which can make for richer and more profound creative work as writers, musicians, actors or other artists.


A greater response to pain, discomfort, and physical experience can mean sensitive people have the potential, at least, to take better care of their health.


4. Creativity


Psychologist Elaine Aron, author of The Highly Sensitive Person, estimates about twenty percent of people are highly sensitive, and seventy percent of those are introverted, which is a trait that can also encourage creativity.


As examples, there are many actors who say they are shy, and director Kathryn Bigelow, who recently won an Academy Award, has said, “I’m kind of very shy by nature.” The star of her movie The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner (who was reportedly shy as a child), has commented that “in social situations she can be painfully shy.”


Read in Full:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/03/28/5-gifts-of-being-highly-sensitive/



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