Courtesy of a link at Instapundit, I was led to this article on 'highly sensitive' people. Here's an excerpt.
Most days, I’d rather I was less of an emotionally raw person. I would be so much less exhausted at the end of the day if I weren’t so heavily internalizing devastating headlines, or concerns over my friends’ problems, or hurt over wounds I wish I’d have moved on from already. But if I weren’t this way, would I be such an empathetic friend? Would I be as perceptive? Would I even have the same talents? Would I love as hard as I do and would I still be as good at trusting my gut? The other side of feeling emotional pain so strongly is that in happy moments, I feel joy just as intensely. Would I lose my capacity to bask so fully in the good times if I had the ability to trade away the bad? Being sensitive is as much a part of my personal make-up as my shoe size, and it surely had a hand in shaping my who I am. It doesn’t make me better or worse than other people, it’s simply what it is, and considering what life might be had I not been born with this trait is pointless. Like any other trait or aspect of my life, I can decide to either celebrate or work around it – or, as I do now, decide to employ a little of both.
There's more at the link. If you're that interested, you can take a quick online test to determine whether you're 'highly sensitive'. (I suspect most readers of this blog, and its author, don't qualify.)
One's at a loss where to begin. A more self-absorbed, "me-me-me" approach to life is hard to imagine. I can just imagine how my drill sergeant would have responded if I'd tried to tell him, during military basic training, that I was 'highly sensitive'. He'd have highly sensitized my backside with his favorite boot - so hard it would have been more tenderized than sensitized! Heck, it'd probably have needed surgery to remove his foot!
Hmm . . . highly sensitive bloggers. Who among my friends might qualify?
- Larry Correia, a.k.a. the 'International Lord of Hate'?
- Lawdog, your typically sensitive, compassionate, gentle, understanding, African-raised Texas deputy sheriff?
- Old NFO, raised in that temple to sensitivity and tolerance, the US Navy flightline during the post-Vietnam era?
Perhaps not . . .