Hypersensitivity- Learning to Take Control

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Hypersensitivity and Learning to Take Control

By Tony DeLorger © 2010

Imagine becoming hedonistic overnight, but not in a sexual sense, immersing oneself in the human experience of sensation and emotion but not necessarily for self-gratification. Just visualise the rapturous torture of hypersensitivity, experiencing every sense and emotion in a heightened state. We humans get into all sorts of strife with simply falling in love let alone living in an extreme state of awareness, and living every nuance of all senses and emotions.

As attractive as it may seem on some level, this state would be more than torture. Life would become excruciating in a physical sense and unbearable psychologically. Human beings were never meant to be open like that. Physical sensation is a God-given ability meant for our survival and awareness, pleasure and pain to be leant and understood. Being overwhelmed with emotion or sensation, even positive ones would prove to be just too much. The balance between understanding our environment and feeling it through both cognizance and our nervous system is important for our own sanity.

Of course God did give us certain nerve endings in certain places for that little extra, and to that end I fully adhere. However beyond that the daily experience of hypersensitivity is a burden. As children we grow up learning the balance between understanding and feeling and most of us grow up within normal bounds. But sometimes, sensitive, artistic children grow with a far different experience. With natural creativity, freethinking and highly developed intuition, the balance normally achieved is skewed.

For these people this natural imbalance creates a new set of rules and boundaries especially within personal relationships. Instead of having normal conversational banter, the premise is set for knowing and feeling far more than one would want. And further when the feelings and emotions are negative, the experience can be unpleasant at best.

So in respect of this problem, hypersensitive s must relearn to control response and the heightened experience that can disable them. Instead of tuning oneself to experience they must learn to mentally detach from the emotions and sensory pallet. If not practiced, the hypersensitive can become detached and in the end reclusive. And gaining balance is not an easy achievement.

Creative outlets can help channel the senses and emotions and by doing so numb the outside and sensory traffic. This is of course what artists do. These people are often selective with friends and even family, having to rest between creative outlets and the silence and peace required to regenerate.

The older we get the easier it is to control, having years of work to perfect our own individual regimes and self-practices. Being on top of this particular experience is paramount and the result of non-practice can lead to depression or worse.

The mind of a hypersensitive is different from you, different rules, parameters and needs. So next time you see an artist or writer or sculptor with eccentric behaviours, perhaps you’ll understand a little more.

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