A Blog about Sensory Processing Sensitivity from the Worldview of a High-Sensing Male
The "woke" movement, also known as the social justice movement, has been a hotly debated topic in recent years. While it aims to promote awareness and advocacy for social justice issues such as racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination, critics argue that it restricts freedom of speech and expression and can be divisive and polarizing. However, in today's polarized world, being sensitively aware is crucial in fostering understanding and empathy. Unfortunately, the world is in short supply of this vitally human function.
Highly sensitive people have an advantage due to their innate ability to pick up on subtle emotional cues. This article will explore sensitivity awareness and how cultivating it can build better relationships and a more compassionate society.
Understanding Sensitivity Awareness
Sensitivity awareness is the ability to be in tune with one's emotions and those of others. Highly sensitive people tend to be more empathetic and have a higher emotional IQ than most individuals. Signs of sensitivity awareness include reading body language, tone of voice, and subtle behavioral changes. Therefore, many people lacking this skill should consider raising the bar on their sensitivity awareness to help bridge gaps in understanding with others. HSPs can help educate and model these behaviors.
Developing Sensitivity Awareness
Learning to be mindful of oneself and others is key to developing this awareness. For example, paying attention to differences in people, such as neurodiversity, cultural differences, and equality issues, can enhance sensitivity to those differences. Likewise, listening and focusing on the needs of others can also help develop sensitive attention.
Being aware of the choice of language and nonverbal cues can improve communication. In addition, better relationships and interactions can be fostered by elevating your sensitivity awareness. Developing a sensitive understanding of others can also result in better emotional regulation and reactions to others' differences.
Internal and External Awareness
Compiling information from within and without or being in tune with one's own emotions and the emotions of others is a critical aspect of this heightened awareness, along with understanding the feelings and thoughts of others and the importance of empathy. In addition, awareness of subtle environmental changes can help and requires paying attention to create necessary environmental awareness.
How to Cultivate Sensitivity Awareness
Cultivating empathy involves putting oneself in another's shoes and understanding their perspective. Mindfulness, or being present in the moment, can also help develop this comprehension. Active listening, or giving full attention to the speaker, is another crucial aspect, as is reserving judgment or commentary until the person listened to has been fully heard.
Challenges to Sensitivity Awareness
However, there are challenges to raising sensitive awareness. Societal barriers, such as systemic discrimination or inequalities, can hinder the development of empathy and kindness. In addition, personal obstacles, such as a lack of self-awareness, can be challenging. A lack of self-awareness means that an individual is generally unaware of their impacts and influences on others. Overcoming these barriers requires a willingness to learn and grow and a dedication to becoming more sensitively aware. This is an action-oriented endeavor, even for highly sensitive people. Awareness without action is ineffective.
Examples of Sensitivity Awareness
In personal relationships, sensitivity awareness can manifest as listening and empathizing with a partner during a difficult time. In professional settings, sensitivity awareness can mean being aware of cultural differences in the workplace and adapting communication styles accordingly. Finally, in society, sensitivity awareness can result in being aware of systemic inequalities and taking action to address them. This is a clarion call for highly sensitive people and those that would listen.
In conclusion, sensitivity awareness is critical to fostering understanding and empathy in a polarized world. Individuals can develop sensitivity awareness by practicing mindfulness, compassion, and active listening. In addition, we can build better relationships and a more compassionate society by cultivating this type of understanding. It's time to embrace and model sensitivity awareness to bridge the knowledge gap and create a more harmonious, peaceful, and empathetic world.
Bill Allen currently lives in Lutz, Florida. He previously lived 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.