Who is a supersenser?
A supersenser is a person who was born emotionally sensitive. As everything else, emotional sensitivity is dialectical, and it presents with its own unique challenges as well as benefits.
Such reactivity is frequently associated with the following difficulties:
- Avoidance of tasks that require effort
- Hyper-reactivity (e.g., verbal/physical aggression, suicidal ideation, self-injury)
- Difficulty with transitions and change
- Low tolerance for delayed gratification
- Rapidly shifting attention
- Impulsivity (acting before thinking)
- Combination of being easily bored and avoidance of new, unfamiliar activities
- Problematic relationship with parents, siblings, and peers
- Extreme thinking style (e.g., black and white thinking, catastrophizing)
- Difficulty with normative responding to social cues
- Sensory sensitivity (visual, auditory, touch, smell. taste)
- Difficulty with personal hygiene.
In the words of Pearl S. Buck...
“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.”