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Sensitivity is a quality with which one is born and, whoever possesses it, is able to relate all the events of their daily life with their senses and their emotions.
Sensitivity can be understood as the ability to experience physical impressions, and this is a function that corresponds to the nerves. It is directly related to the psychic process of perception and the ability to feel vividly and, from this point of view, sensitivity is in connection with affective processes.
In children, sensitivity is easy to recognize. We give you some clues and signs of children with a special sensitivity:
- They are affectionate and enjoy personal contact and physical affection.
- They respond with greater sensitivity than expected to words and gestures when they feel hurt.
- They vibrate with music and relate smells, colors, aromas and flavors with experiences or moments in their daily life.
- They tend to represent unusual details in their drawings, and surprise their parents and relatives with their great ability to evaluate people, as if they had a sixth sense.
- They are receptive to facial expressions, gaze, and jaw tension and, for this reason, they are able to predict what the other will do or feel.
- They have more empathy and are in tune with the emotions of the other person.
- Sensitive children are easily moved by feeling pain, joy or love when reading a story, while they are watching a movie or when they see someone begging on the street. They are deeply saddened when their parents or teachers scold them or when their best friend tells them that he no longer wants to play with him.
Sensitive children need to feel loved and valued. They are especially sensitive to their parents' love and are quick to discipline themselves by predicting their anger. They connect more with their emotions, recognize and express them and, at the same time, being more empathetic, they tend to be less aggressive with their peers and it is more difficult for them to defend themselves, since when they feel hurt they remain immobilized and it is more difficult for them to respond.
They are hypersensitive to criticism and social judgment. They suffer intense rejection from others and are able to predict it by easily analyzing elements of non-verbal language, such as body posture or jaw tension. Parents can help them:
- Stimulating assertive communication. Helping them to set limits in their social relationships and teaching them to say 'I don't want to'.
- Helping you de-dramatize problems or social situations so as not to make a tragedy out of difficulties.
- Promoting your self-confidence, encouraging you to express your opinions or ideas naturally.
- Encouraging the development of strategiesto defend.
- Situations you can't handle or exceeding your abilities. If you are not yet mature enough to deal with certain circumstances, your chances of becoming competent will be diminished.
- Correct your mistakes in public so you don't feel ashamed. It is important that you feel that you are valuable because of who you are and what you do.
- Repressing you when expressing your emotions.
- Overprotect you to avoid suffering. Your life experiences will help you develop strategies for coping with problems in the future.
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