What sign of the zodiac are you? I am a Pisces, and we’re a sensitive, creative bunch.
Over the years I have come to realize that when I am overtired or in need of a vacation, I have a tendency to overreact and take stuff personally, and my feelings get easily hurt.
But I also know that I can’t use my sensitivity as a crutch, and contrary to what I may feel at the time, the situation or remark that has upset me is often not personal or intentional.
I frequently have to remind myself that just because I feel it, doesn’t mean it is true. And that it isn’t always about me. Perhaps the other person is going through a tough time, and the exchange that I found hurtful has nothing to do with anything I’ve said or done.
And so I’ve learned to ask myself to consider the possibility that the other person’s intention was not to wound me. Sometimes I need to step out of the drama and ask for feedback from friends.
Now, it isn’t all negative. The good news is that sensitivity is essential for empathy, which allows us to tap into where people are coming from and gives us insights others won’t have.
Reflect on your sensitivities; perhaps they are not true for you, either.