Why I'd Rather Be Deemed As Sensitive Than Unemotional

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By Brittany Christopoulos

I’ve been labeled  “sensitive” for my entire life.

I would fight back tears when people would say I was sensitive or tease me for my sensitivity and try to hold myself together when someone superior to me would speak too harshly. 

I still take every single thing personally and let it hurt me for no reason at all. Some say I care too much, and I’ll admit I do.

I know I shouldn’t be so sensitive all the time, but I just can’t help it.

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Being sensitive always has a bad meaning when it really shouldn’t. Sensitivity means you’re in tune with your emotions and are aware of what’s going on around you.

You are able to feel and absorb every emotion and allow it to affect you in a positive way for self-growth and healing.

People question sensitivity. 

What do I gain from being sensitive besides having my heart broken by any inconvenience? Why does being sensitive mean I’m soft? Am I not a strong person because my emotions are all over the place when they shouldn’t be?

Most of the time, people who are sensitive have unique personalities; they’re goofy, caring, dedicated, and hyper; yet they also have a strong empathetic desire to help make others happy and feel comfortable with themselves, too.

Sure, we have our moments where we get upset for being too sensitive because the judgement or self-doubt hurts us. Being sensitive means that our feelings get hurt by the simplest things sometimes, like not getting enough attention from someone or from the tone they use when they speak about it.

Being numb, however,  is unhealthy. When you are “damaged” to the point that you’re immune to natural human emotion, you are officially at an extremely detrimental point in your life, and you need to work on yourself.

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It is unnatural to just not have feelings towards something or not to reflect any emotion.

And if you do refuse to express your emotions, though, you’re seen as just “holding something back” or ‘trying to be strong in the presence of others.”

I think that being sensitive shows a sense of bravery. It means you have the ability to let people see you fully and shows that you are a loving person who isn’t afraid of their emotions.

People fear vulnerability, so they tend to hide their emotions or not let things get to them.  

Sensitive people are able to show that emotional side, and that is a new definition of strength.

Those who are sensitive have the amazing power to help make a difference in the world. We are naturally empathetic people who consider the feelings of others, and we take that seriously.

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We care so much about other people, too, and help show our love for them daily.

Your sensitivity is the most beautiful thing about you because it shows the world truly how wonderful and enormous your heart is.

Eventually, someone will appreciate that about you, and cherish it, rather than get frustrated by it or insult you for it.

You should never apologize for being sensitive or overly emotional, and you should never apologize for being yourself. 

It’s a sign you have a big heart and that you aren’t afraid of other people seeing it. I will never, ever apologize for showing that sensitive part of myself. Ever.

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Brittany Christopoulos is a writer, journalist, and fill-in TV co-host. She's a Senior Writer and Head of Trending News for Unwritten. Follow her on Twitter.

This article was originally published at Unwritten. Reprinted with permission from the author.