I’m Sensitive, But I’m Not Weak

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I’ve been a sensitive person for as long as I can remember. I’m an emotional person, I want to cry when I’m frustrated and I generally feel things a lot. It’s only recently, within the past six months or so, that I’ve noticed how negatively I perceive my own sensitivity as a trait when I’ve been in situations that have brought out my sensitivity. It’s always something that I want to suppress and hide like it’s a bad thing, as though it’s something that I should be ashamed of.

I’ve included a picture below which I posted on my Instagram not too long ago because it sums me up pretty well.

I’m sensitive, but I’m not weak.

For a long while, I thought that my sensitivity made me weak and that I needed to grow a thicker skin. I guess that I just wanted to feel strong, and I thought having thick skin would solve my sensitivity trait. But having a thick skin in terms of my sensitivity is quite the opposite of what I need.

I admit that in certain situations that I should probably grow a thick skin. Sometimes I can take things personally, even if they never intended it in such a way. That is something that I am working on and will come with time. That’s a whole different situation, however.

There’s so much more to being sensitive than I ever realised and in the midst of things, it’s easy to forget all of the positive things that come with being a sensitive person. It’s easy to be hard on yourself in situations that bring out your sensitivity. I’m always hard on myself. I can cry out of frustration or anger, then cry even more out of frustration because I cry. It’s like a vicious circle!

Being sensitive really isn’t something to be ashamed off, not in the slightest. Along with sensitivity, you have so many other traits interlinked with this that make you who you are. You’re empathetic towards other people and their situations. It can make you a good listener. As a sensitive person, you more than likely appreciate the little things in life (I know I definitely do). It can honestly take the smallest thing for someone or something to make my day that little bit brighter.

There are so many more positives to being sensitive that you may not even realise, but at the end of the day, it makes you who you are (as clique as that may sound). It’s only taken me up until recently to realise this and I sometimes wish that I’d realised it sooner. As hard as it may be, don’t let anyone make you feel bad because you’re a sensitive person.

Being sensitive is your superpower, not your downfall.

Ashleigh

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25 thoughts on “I’m Sensitive, But I’m Not Weak

  1. This blog really resonated with me. I am also sensitive,and used to really hate this trait of mine. Even my own parents would often say stop being so sensitive, toughen up, etc. but my hubby showed me that being sensitive is a good thing. He says that it shows that I am empathetic, that I Feel life and not just go through it day after day shutting away all emotions.

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  2. I always used to think the same, I’m really sensitive so used to think I wasn’t strong at all. But it’s part of my personality and what makes me, me 😊

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  3. This post is amazing. So well written and very relatable! I love that quote so much. I’m 100% a sensitive person. I’m not the best at handling criticism and I tend to overthink things but in saying that, I’m also very empathetic, caring and understanding and I think my sensitivity has a lot to do with that. Thank you for sharing this!

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  4. It’s so refreshing to see someone who’s also emotional/sensitive! I used to be dubbed a ‘cry baby’ when I was younger because of how sensitive I was, and even now I am incredibly sensitive. But you’re right, it doesn’t mean that we’re weak!

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  5. This is such a lovely post I used to feel like this and something just clicked one day. Social media makes you feel emotion is weak and that you have to remain strong. But being emotional and handling what is going on in your head is the real superpower.

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  6. I love this! It’s totally made me reconsider something I previously saw as a weakness. I was worried my son was going to grow up to be like me in this sense but now I see it as a positive quality – he’s sensitive to other people’s emotions and it makes him so caring. Something I think is good for him to develop at a young age.

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  7. Beautiful and inspiring post. Being sensitive is definitely not synonymous with being weak. I personally relate to people that show a bit of vulnerability and the elements that make them human, I actually find it to be a strength! Thanks for sharing, it’s really nice to hear your thoughts x

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  8. I am a sensitive person as well and I have my whole life. When I was younger I used to be teased by my friends when I got frustrated because I let a few tears slip. My current friends are much better now as they embrace the sensitivity and I’m very grateful for them. I’ve always thought it was a weakness to be sensitive but in reading this post I realise I’m not the only one who is sensitive and it might not be a weakness after all. Thank you for sharing your story and helping me to think positively ❤

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  9. I wasn’t always a sensitve person but since having my children I’ve defintely become one. Emotional story? definitely tearing up around here! It can be difficult to see this as a positive sometimes because people tend to remark on it negatively a lot but I love your point of view on it and I will definetly keep it in mind!

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  10. I relate to this so much and you’ve made me feel so much better! I cry out of every emotion, particularly when I’m angry and it is very frustrating like you said. Focusing on the positives is a great idea, I’m definitely a more empathetic person for it.

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