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  • Writer's pictureLarissa



Have you ever been told that you are ‘way too much,’ ‘too intense,’ ‘too sensitive,’ ‘too emotional,’ and that your behaviour is ‘too dramatic’ or ‘too timid’... or my absolute favourite line ‘YOU HAVE TOO MANY FEELINGS!’

I have heard this all my life. I have always thought that it is wrong to feel so much, that something must be wrong with ME and I need to change.

I cry a lot, I feel a lot, when I am happy I am literally over the moon but when I am sad the depression and anxiety sets in, and so on and so you relate? I have this gorgeous ability, to feel, to give, to be vulnerable however, I have been told that this is BAD, I learned that society is not too accepting of people with ‘way too many feelings’!

So instead I tried to quiet down my soul (like that could ever happen!), as I grew older I didn’t want to have these 'feelings' anymore...I didn’t want to feel extremes so I hid them away...however, you can’t change who you are and many times the extreme feelings surfaced...but no one understood! Everyone thought I was ‘dramatic’ or another favourite of mine ‘over the top’... my brain and my emotions are wired differently to yours so why should I change, why should I hide who I am too simply ‘fit in?’.

Being a sensitive person has some beautiful qualities, it makes us more perceptive to the people around us due to our understanding of deep pain or immense pleasure. We are good listeners who emphatise deeply due to the extreme emotional attributes we possess.

Being sensitive and emotional is a GIFT in itself, we should learn to own it. There’s so much joy and beauty behind sensitivity...we should never discourage anyone who is sensitive. It is time to create an awareness that sensitivity is not a weakness, sensitivity is beauty... OWN your FEELINGS!

A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
To him
a touch is a blow,
a sound is a noise,
a misfortune is a tragedy,
a joy is an ecstasy,
a friend is a lover,
a lover is a god,
and failure is death.
—Pearl Buck
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