Did you miss our last webinar entitled “Highly Sensitive People, Synesthesia, and Empathy”? Here are some take-aways from the event presented by Tamra Excell and Luna Lindsey. Feel free to head over to our youtube channel to peruse the entire video!
Tamra Excell describes Synesthesia as “Different perceptual modalities that get connected and crossed over.”
There are two different ways people experience Synesthesia; either as a Projector, which is someone who physically sees these perceptual cross-overs, or as an Associator, who sees them too, but inside his/her head.
Synesthesia presents in many different ways, but here are five examples:
Synesthetes may have color correlations to names, shapes, notes, days of the week, etc.
They may experience a visual-sound correlation, like seeing a ripple in a lake, and then hearing the ripple continue in their head.
Tactile-sound is another example. For example, Synesthetes may feel or hear the crinkling of tin foil beneath their fingers without grabbing it.
Another form is called Misophonia, where sound triggers an emotion, such as fingers on a chalkboard.
Synesthetes may also experience Mirror Touch, which is feeling a sensation upon seeing another person experience it, such feeling the cold water running over someone else’s hand as if it were your own.
This segues us into the topic of Highly Sensitive People.
Tamra tells us a Highly Sensitive Person “takes in more sensory data, especially any new things; less filtering of sensory data.” The first thing to take note of, Tamra mentions wryly, is that “If you know one HSP… you know one HSP.” For HSPs, the sensory world can be very overwhelming. Loud music can feel like ice picks stabbing your brain, strong smells can assault you, and the energetic hub of a crowd or city can paint your entire body until you feel overwritten by those around you. It can be challenging to be a Highly Sensitive Person, though once it is understood, there are many ways to help balance and embrace the gifts associated with it.
One point Tamra and Luna bring up is being Sensitive vs. Shy or Afraid. As Tamra puts it, “Language reflects our culture.” HSPs are not necessarily shy or afraid. They’re not weak or delicate, and we must be careful not to use language that paints them as such. HSPs simply experience the world at a heightened decibel.
Once an HSP accepts how they move in the world and what they need to honor their personal journey, they are better able to achieve balance and success in their lives.
Empaths often find themselves crossing into the realms of Synesthesia and/or Highly Sensitive People. Empaths are those who feel what others are feeling while they are feeling it. This can often be a very draining gift, but it has some serious benefits besides being known to help build excellent people and leadership skills. Empaths can also experience Compersion. “Compersion is where you’re feeling the joy of someone else’s joy.”
Balance and Self-care are topics many Synesthetes, HSPs, and Empaths struggle with. All three can be heavy-hitters, tending to drain and deplete the recipient immensely. A helpful way to think of this is the Spoon Theory. Tamra explains, “If you have [just] so many spoons for the day… and everything you do takes a spoon away from you, and you have to get through your day… Taking a shower, cooking breakfast… Every time you do something, it takes one or more spoons.”
One tool to help combat the feeling of physical overload and achieve balance is Dual Awareness. Dual Awareness can help HSPs to ground when they feel uprooted and overwhelmed by all the sensory happenings around them. Dual Awareness is the process of breathing and taking stock of what’s happening around you as a path toward grounding. The breeze on your cheeks. The sounds in the room. The ground under your toes. Shifting your awareness to the immediate moment can help HSPs connect back into their own body and find calm. Another is allowing yourself to prioritize self-care and self-advocacy. Know yourself and what you need, and then own it. This may mean that fun for you may look very different than fun for someone else. As Tamra points out, “It doesn’t require other people’s agreement to feel the way you feel.”
Want to learn more? Watch the full video here: https://goo.gl/hjm5wv
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