O Is For Over-Sensitive

For as long as I remember people have been saying to me “Stop being so over-sensitive Kelly” or “You’re too sensitive Kelly!”. Being sensitive was always deemed to be a bad thing – a weakness.

Many years later I am now slowly beginning to see being sensitive as an asset, being sensitive connects me to people and I now meet more people who are just as sensitive as me by revealing my sensitivity and accepting it.

Being sensitive gives other people permission to be human and allows vulnerability. And being vulnerable is slowly becoming known as a strength as more writers and teachers are speaking of it as a strength.


Sensitivity can help empathy grow. We can be sensitive in a way that people relate to and feel heard and acknowledged.

Women and Being Too Sensitive

Women can be more sensitive than men, this is simply something we need biologically because to be sensitive means that when we are mothers we are extra sensitive to the needs of our children. We also have a lot of emotional changes and due to our regular menstrual cycle we are often ultra sensitive to our own moods and this makes us sensitive to our surroundings also.Again, this is not a weakness. Being a woman is a beautiful thing we have simply been made to believe that being a woman is weak because we share our fears and sensitivity.Fortunately along with women, more men are becoming more in touch with their feminine side and beginning to allow sensitivity to slowly emerge. For men this will take some time because both men and woman have been stereotyped too much. Women being seen as often over-emotional, but once we embrace this emotional side we can start to accept who we are, as we embrace our feelings the world we live in changes because we are no longer resisting a big part of our nature.

Highly Sensitive Person

“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.”

― Anthon St. Maarten

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Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin, author of ‘When Everyone Shines But You’ is a dedicated writer and blogger who fearlessly explores life’s deepest questions. Faced with a decade of profound anxiety and grief following the loss of her father and her best friend Michael, Kelly embarked on a transformative journey guided by mindfulness, and she hasn’t looked back since. Through her insightful writing, engaging podcasts, and inspiring You Tube channel Kelly empowers others to unearth the hidden treasures within their pain, embracing the profound truth that they are ‘enough’ exactly as they are.

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