Highly sensitive person — legit category or vanity diagnosis?
February 28, 2013 5:09 PM Subscribe
My therapist has suggested that the concept of a highly sensitive person
might be a helpful way for me to frame my understanding of myself, but I am very torn. On the one hand I recognize myself in a lot of the description; on the other hand it feels like a very uncomfortable kind of "I am not awkward, I am special!" kind of thing.
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I will of course be talking to her about this more, too, but I am interested in people who may have thoughts on this dilemma that I don't.
The context of this is a breakup with an ex where one of the many problems was he thought I was overreacting / being not stoic enough in situations where I was pretty genuinely uncomfortable and I wound up not being able to tell if I was/am crazy or if he was really not understanding. And then there are questions like this
where people seem to think that having intense feelings is just a function of not growing up? But my therapist tries to say that trying to repress it mostly just leads to anxiety and other unhappiness and that it is ok to feel that way.
So now I am just not sure whether I think it is helpful or if she is well-meaning but also maybe not right? I know I need to ultimately sort it out myself but I am interested in other thoughts.