by: Kendra Cherry, MSEd
reviewed by: Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS
Sensitivity is the over-interpreting or over-reacting to what is “perceived” to be criticism or judgement. It must be noted that all sensitivity is not bad, it can also mean that you are observant, conscientious, and thoughtful. However, the sensitivity we are discussing can lead to overwhelming emotions when facing social conflict, criticism, or rejection.
An over-sensitive person is more likely to feel socially threatened. Being overly sensitive often causes overreacting leading to misreading signals from others.
The over-sensitive feelings prevents some from engaging in social events, career opportunities, close relationships, and being authentic in your interactions. Seniors find ways to avoid over-sensitive feelings.
Keep-in-mind many seniors are sensitive, but they should not be defined by it. Nearly 20% of all people are highly sensitive.
Managing the sensitivity effectively is not easy, but practice allows you to be much less sensitive, and helps to keep you empathetic and attentive, without taking things personally. Some ways to reduce sensitivity include:
- Building your emotional regulation skills
- Practicing mindfulness
- Journaling your feelings
- Not taking things personally
- Accepting yourself as you are
- Become better at handling stress