How do HSPs as Sports Fans fit into this picture?
Being a fan of a particular sport, a particular team, and particular players can be very rewarding, as many of us are well aware. However, I submit that HSPs will best benefit by walking the fine line between being a fan, and not becoming a fanatic. Websters defines fanatic (n) as “marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion”. The problem for HSPs in crossing that line between fan and fanatic is the dreaded over-stimulation that drains us down, often requiring long periods of down-time to recover.
And the solution to this is…..
Balance in everything we do. For example, I am an Arizona Cardinals football fan. The Cardinals were the favored by many to play in this season’s Super Bowl, but the team is currently on a downward slope that looks to preclude them from getting there. As an avid fan of the team I watch their games, wear their jerseys, and talk to others about the team’s outlook for the season. But I have to guard against allowing any negative outcomes of the sporting events from bringing me down. As an HSP, that sometimes means turning off the television and doing something outdoors, reading a good book, or even catching a weekend nap!
Does this mean it’s best not to attend sporting events?
Absolutely not! The excitement that attending sporting events brings is difficult to duplicate. That said, I’d be surprised to find many HSPs who are season ticket holders. Perhaps only a High-Sensation Seeking Extroverted HSP would be willing to take this on, given the downtime that would be regularly required from the over-stimulation of a major sporting event. And should you choose to regularly attend, I’d consider carrying a pair of fan-friendly earplugs such as found at earpeace.com!
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All the Best!
Joe Capriotti – “Coaching to Thrive through Sensitivity”