Sensitivity


Our temperaments are formed in utero.  It is estimated that about 20% of the population is highly sensitive (see Aron, Elaine, The Highly Sensitive Person, 1996: New York, Broadway Books).  Sensitive types often wear their socks inside out because the socks feel itchy, notice slight changes in temperature or hunger, can be devastated by teasing or name-calling, and can “feel the pain” of another human being acutely.  The sensitive type was memorialized in the fairy tale about the princess who could feel a single pea under 20 mattresses and 20 beds. 


Life can be a struggle for sensitive types of people.  Dr. Cadow helps sensitive people recognize and manage their sensitivity so that it does not interfere with their life goals.  Some examples include an office worker who cannot bear the yearly evaluation from the boss, the teen who cannot stand constructive criticism from a teacher, and youngsters who fall prey to the mean classmates at school because they are so reactive to the taunts.  The positive sides of sensitivity, including the ability to relate to and understand others’ feelings, and artistic ability, are emphasized.


© Barbara Cadow, Ph.D.  2015