Can a hypersensitive person grow a thick skin?
September 18, 2011 6:36 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to grow a thick (emotional) skin?
posted by nerdfish to Human Relations (21 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
My biggest character flaw is my hypersensitivity, and I've often been told I need to get a 'thick skin'. My sensitivity is particularly a problem in professional settings.
My question: how do you 'get a thick skin'? Have you 'gotten a thick skin'? Is there some kind of procedure/lotion (j/k about the lotion)? Where do thick skins come from?
Just to drill into what I mean by 'hypersensitive': I'm a bit emotionally labile, very easily upset, readily stressed and overwhelmed, preoccupied by what people think of me, hypervigilant of other peoples' reactions, prone to ruminating on situations, convinced most (if not all) acquaintances hate me until proven otherwise etc. On very dark days I wonder if my personality or temperament is just broken. I know my sensitivity makes me very difficult to deal with, and ultimately I'd like to not be a chore to be around or work with.