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Online Hypnotherapy and High Sensitivity

High sensitivity is a gift, but for most of those affected it is associated with effort and exhaustion, a diminished self-esteem as well as obstructive emotional and thought patterns. What limits and burdens is in most cases not the high sensitivity itself, but the own handling of it as well as the demands and reactions of the environment. Integral Online Counseling can help to develop a balanced relationship to one’s own high sensitivity and a solid self-esteem. This facilitates a healthy ability to set boundaries in the face of everyday challenges.

Signs of high sensitivity – What does high sensitivity mean?

Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or feeling: High sensitivity means having an increased ability to perceive sensory impressions. Isolated senses are excessively sharpened. As a result, external stimuli are experienced more intensively, which leads to the fact that highly sensitive people feel more quickly overwhelmed by stimuli and accordingly also more quickly exhausted than a majority of people.

„The highly sensitive person“ does not exist; rather, most highly sensitive people are mixed types and the different sensory channels vary in strength. Signs of high sensitivity are for example:

  • sensitivity to sensory impressions (e.g. loudness, smells, visual impressions)
  • everyday stimuli disturb and irritate quickly
  • high receptivity and empathy for the moods and feelings of others
  • conflicts and an unpleasant atmosphere quickly become a burden
  • an intense inner life (imagination, creativity, fantasy, vivid dreams)
  • strong connection to nature, animals and plants
  • high power of observation, strong intuition/“sixth sense“, high alertness
  • conscientiousness, high sense of responsibility and justice

 

What are the causes of high sensitivity?

The main causes are, on the one hand, a higher excitability and a more permeable filter in the perception of external stimuli.

Sensory impressions that we are confronted with in our everyday lives are filtered and processed with the help of certain brain regions. The cerebral cortex, which is responsible for processing external stimuli, is preceded by a filter (thalamus). It is assumed that in highly sensitive people the cerebral cortex is more excitable and the thalamus is more permeable. And so sensory perceptions arrive more intensely, unfiltered, and are processed differently than in most people.

On the other hand, highly sensitive people have a great capacity for imagination and empathy, so that external influences quickly trigger a variety of feelings, thoughts and associations in them. This combination of higher excitability, more permeable filter and a lively inner life can quickly be draining and then leads to overstimulation of the nervous system if there are not enough recovery breaks from stimuli. This means stress for body and mind, which in turn manifests itself in stress symptoms (exhaustion, overstimulation, excessive demands, etc.) and has a negative effect on one’s behavior in the long run.

Therefore, it also becomes apparent that high sensitivity is not necessarily related to introversion. Many highly sensitive people are extremely socially open in their core and are very interested in the exchange with others. However, negative as well as positive external stimuli that arise in contact with the environment are perceived much more quickly as an effort.

 

Challenges for highly sensitive people

The above-mentioned aspects result in a number of challenges for highly sensitive people. Problems are usually already noticeable and experienced in childhood and adolescence.

Highly sensitive children depend on an understanding and accepting attitude of their parents in order to learn to deal with it well themselves and to be able to benefit from their gift. But usually the close environment (parents, siblings, relatives, educators, teachers, friends) could not respond emphatically and considerately to the high sensitivity.

What ultimately hurts and offends most highly sensitive people is „not feeling accepted, not feeling valued“. That is, the reactions, evaluations and behavior of other people who do not recognize high sensitivity, cannot deal with it or do not want to adjust to it. Many highly sensitive people have the feeling that they are misunderstood in their experiences and feelings and that they have to justify their sensitivity. After all, anyone who is highly sensitive falls off the grid for the time being.

And so highly sensitive people are not infrequently confronted with adjectives such as snivelling, unsociable or oversensitive. Even if this is not necessarily verbalized, it is noticeable to those affected at an early stage that they are „somehow different from the others“ and the environment not infrequently reacts more quickly to them in an irritated, annoyed or dismissive manner. Highly sensitive people are extremely sensitive and the experience of negative evaluation of their nature and behavior are in most cases particularly counterproductive for their self-esteem.

Resulting problems:

  • High expectations of oneself and low self-esteem
  • Exaggerated feelings of guilt and shame
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Feelings of insecurity, excessive demands and anxiety
  • Susceptibility to anxiety (often fear of loss), depression and stress &exhaustion
  • Social withdrawal, avoidance behaviour

High sensitivity and partnership

Most highly sensitive people experience love relationships and friendships as very intense. They also bring their farsightedness, sharpened perception, high intuition and empathy into their relationships. A conflict in the relationship can be their great sense of duty and responsibility, combined with the tendency to adapt to the expectations of others and to want to fulfill them at all costs. Not infrequently, they then spend themselves for the other (physically, emotionally, energetically) or suddenly withdraw due to their own overload and overstimulation. For the other person, this is usually for inexplicable reasons.

However, conflict potential is not only caused by the high demands and expectations on oneself, but also on the other person. Partners and friends can feel pressured, moralized, controlled or even increasingly criticized. Acceptance, tolerance and appreciation of the different perspectives is then also necessary on the part of the highly sensitive person. Then it is possible for both parties to allow enriching impulses and perspectives to flow into the connection and to develop together, each in his or her own way.

In addition to working through stressful experiences related to high sensitivity and strengthening your self-esteem, I will be happy to show you various techniques that you can use at home to recharge your batteries and establish strength and self-confidence in everyday life. Among them, for example, autogenic training or meditation.

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Integral Online Hypnotherapy: How do I deal with my high sensitivity?

Since highly sensitive people usually have good access to their own feelings and a high suggestibility, different methods can be an effective tool. The most important thing for those affected is to achieve self-acceptance and a good ability to set boundaries. High sensitivity in itself is not the problem, but a gift that one can learn to appreciate and make use of in many ways.

In the sessions I support you in finding the balance between the inside and the outside: between your own demands and the demands of others, between social interaction and withdrawal and the ability to distinguish which feeling belongs to yourself, which to others and may also be left there. Because in order to remain psychologically healthy and physically vital, it is crucial for highly sensitive people to know their own boundaries, to accept them and to be able to draw them appropriately in relation to their environment.

Coming to terms with the experiences of hurt and grievance is a very important first step. This is because they result in a diminished self-esteem, which is the main cause of most mental suffering and many conflicts. Those who create a solid inner foundation for themselves can also assert themselves confidently in the face of external stimuli as well as other people, their feelings and expectations. This can be done without emotional charge, self-deprecation (e.g. over-adapting) or self-exaltation (e.g. arrogance, moralising, knowing better).

In addition to working through stressful experiences related to high sensitivity and strengthening your self-esteem, I will be happy to show you various techniques that you can use at home to refuel yourself again and again and to establish strength and self-confidence in everyday life. These include, for example, autogenic training or meditation.

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