“Sometimes we spend a lot of time trying harder in the wrong direction.” ~ Mary Delaney

Teaching art is full of rewards and challenges. I wholeheartedly enjoy concocting art projects and later being able to sit back and watch students engage…  On the other hand, my work also requires navigating in an overstimulating environment where a class can be derailed if I am not well grounded.

Students arrive to class in a festive mood and are prone to get out of control in an instant. They compete for attention, throwing out four or five requests simultaneously. These and other habits require me to reexamine my unexamined teaching approaches in order to reduce my emotional distress.

Being someone of heightened sensibility, I battle with hyper-sensitivity and overwhelm. I have neurotransmitters that make me especially vulnerable to emotionally intense environments. Prime symptoms are over-emotionalism, over-reaction and fatigue.  Try to imagine a doctor, a dentist or a lawyer coping with patients/clients without the aid of a waiting room to buffer the demands? As Phylameana lila Desy says,

“Being hypersensitive could be described as being allergic to life. For the highly sensitive person (HSP) a seemingly ordinary day can be overwhelming. Energies associated with touch, noise, scent, light, etc. are quickly and deeply absorbed by the HSP. As a result, the HSP may become mentally confused, emotionally upset, and/or physically uncomfortable. Hypersensitivity is also associated with a heightened sense of awareness and intuition.” 

Highly sensitive individuals often overemphasize their emotional expression as a way of compensating what often seems an invisible existence. They may swing from conflict avoidance to emotional dysregulation. This can have a debilitating effect upon their sense of self confidence.
~ vincenzo ©

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