For the 15-20% of men and women born with the genetic trait of Sensory Processing Sensitivity, there exists a fine line between staying abreast of major news topics, and getting lost in the minutiae of details and negative stories that may wear us down. This is because HSPs and current events often don’t mix so well.
The way I see it, life in the information age can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand we have arguably the greatest invention ever, the Internet, where the most detailed information is but a click away. This is truly a blessing. I can recall researching topics in college via microfiche, microfilm and paper periodicals. For those unfamiliar….the difference is like hand cranking a Model T versus pushing an ignition button on the dashboard of your car. Or better yet, sending snail mail versus e-mail.
So what about the curse of the information age? As it relates to HSPs and current events, a little goes a long way! Given our susceptibility to over-stimulation, we need to guard against this whenever taking in current events. The best advice I can give to HSPs is to take in just enough information related to current events in order to satisfy your own interests and passions. Going beyond this on a regular basis is a habit that may not serve you well.
How do you handle walking this fine line? Please share your comments…..as I like to say in our Phoenix-area HSP Meetup group, “looking forward to learning from each other”!
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All the Best!
Joe Capriotti – “Coaching to Thrive through Sensitivity”