So you're a highly sensitive child--you're affected by loud noises, you don't love crowded places, you're more likely to notice different scents, and you might even have very particular eating tendencies. You process information and your environment, including sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste more deeply than others. While it's true that your nervous system is on high alert - and sometimes the world can feel too big, too loud, too mean, or too fast - you also have some incredible talents--superpowers, in fact.
Here are 11 superpowers of highly sensitive children:
1. You have "Spidey" senses
Just like Spiderman, you notice small but important details that other people overlook. In fact, you experience your surroundings very deeply. Sometimes that means noticing a fallen bird's nest that needs help getting back into its tree. Or maybe that means finding every lucky penny on the sidewalk. Paying attention in this way allows you to notice some very special things.
2. You're a great storyteller
The best stories are the ones with the kind of attention to detail that make you feel like you're right inside the story. Because of your ability to take in the world so deeply, you have the words to narrate stories with exquisite detail.
3. You're almost never bored
When there are so many stimuli, like sounds and smells and people and colors and textures to take in around you, it's never hard for your mind to find something interesting to dwell on.
4. You can help others get along
You are usually able to notice and empathize with other people's perspectives, because you listen to what they're saying. You hone in on what really matters to someone, and can then explain it to others. This makes you a natural mediator of conflicts.
5. You're an awesome friend
You're so open to noticing and even experiencing others' emotions, that you make an awesome friend. You also strive not to hurt the feelings of others.
6. You are curious
You are always noticing things, making connections, and learning about the world. That makes you want to know how all this stuff is going to turn out! You are curious about the world around you.
7. You are incredibly creative
You have a vibrant imagination--a trait that makes a great artist. You may not be great at coloring, or even drawing a straight line, but you have a certain depth to your way of thinking and feeling that comes through via creative outlets. Make sure you get to be creative as often as possible to harness this gift.
8. You appreciate stories
You understand the characters in books or movies so well because you really understand the struggles or joys that the characters experience.
9. You have a rich inner life
You have an incredibly rich inner life! Your internal monologue, the way you reflect on events, and the way you process details is thorough and interesting. You have a tendency to daydream and fantasize. And your dreams at night may often be full of intricacy and emotion because you have so much going on inside your mind.
10. You care deeply and can have amazing relationships
Think about other words that have similar meanings to the term sensitive: complex, thoughtful, emotional, understanding. These are all qualities that, when harnessed and practiced, will help you grow stronger relationships and attachments to those you care about. You are very attuned to those you love, and they will appreciate you for it.
11. You are in amazing company
One in every five people is recognized as being highly sensitive. Here are some super-famous people thought to be highly sensitive: Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Johnny Carson, Princess Diana, Jane Goodall and, of course, Batman. And you know what? It's so natural that it happens with animals too!
If you haven't figured it out yet, being highly sensitive can be highly awesome. Way to go!
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This was originally posted on PsychCentral
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