The Sensitive Man - – Honoring the Needs of Highly Sensitive Men: Communication Tips for Emotional, Mental, and Physical Well-being
A Blog about Sensory Processing Sensitivity from the Worldview of a High-Sensing Male
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Highly sensitive men are often caught in a conundrum of societal pressure to conform to the stereotypical image of masculinity and the need to prioritize their emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Therefore, expressing one's needs, especially as a highly sensitive man, can be daunting.
However, communicating one's needs is essential to leading a healthy and fulfilled life. This article will provide some communication tips for highly sensitive men to prioritize their emotional, mental, and physical well-being while still being empathetic to others.
Understanding the Importance of Honoring Your Needs
Recognizing the difference between needs and wants is essential to communicate effectively. Understanding the difference between the two helps to prioritize needs over wants. Needs are fundamental to survival and well-being. Wants are non-essential desires yet may add to your enjoyment of life.
Ignoring one's needs can result in physical, mental, and emotional burnout, which can be detrimental to one's health. The needs of highly sensitive people can often differ from those of individuals less sensitive to environmental changes. Sometimes these HSP needs are often misunderstood by non-HSPs and need to be clarified to be understood.
Prioritizing self-care is critical to maintaining good mental and emotional health, and this begins with self-compassion. We, as HSPs, are often told that our "special" needs are unnecessary or may seem frivolous to others. Yet, we know our own needs, and we should act accordingly to service our needs via self-care, making this a priority in our lives.
Therefore, as a highly sensitive man, it's crucial to communicate your needs effectively to live a fulfilling life. You cannot assume that others will know your needs unless you share them. Regardless, don't negotiate down your requirements. Instead, show some self-compassion and stand up for your needs.
Communication Tips for HSP Men
"Focus on Needs, not Approval" -understanding and applying Jacquelyn Strickland's adage and making that a mantra in your life. The key is to focus on your needs and communicate them without seeking approval or validation from others. This is not a selfish demand but rather a way to express your authentic needs to help you thrive.
Examples of Honoring Needs and Empathy
Communicating your needs as an HSP man can be challenging, but it is necessary for your emotional, mental, and physical well-being. You can lead a fulfilling life without feeling guilty or selfish by prioritizing your needs and communicating them assertively and respectfully. Remember, self-care and self-compassion are not selfish but necessary for overall well-being. With these communication tips, you can honor your needs and still be empathetic to others.
Bill Allen currently lives in Bend, Oregon. He is a certified hypnotist and brain training coach at BrainPilots.com. He believes that male sensitivity is not so rare, but it can be confounding for most males living in a culture of masculine insensitivity which teaches boys and men to disconnect from their feelings and emotions. His intent is to use this blog to chronicle his personal journey and share with others.