Origins of Sensitivity
People with high levels of sensitivity usually share an increased receptivity to the processing of external stimuli, including an increased awareness of sounds, sights, movements, and light. In addition, they may possess highly sensitive physical functioning which manifests in ailments including auto-immune disorders, allergies, inflammatory disorders, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue or illness. But there is one element which is not universally shared, and which creates a division into two origins of sensitivity: that of intuitive or spiritual insight.
High sensitivity can be experienced as being linked to: unresolved chronic stress or previous trauma, heightened intuitive or spiritual sensitivity, or a combination of both.
Sensitivity can be a result of experiencing long term levels of stress, or unresolved trauma. Here, symptoms occur because of the physiological changes associated with arousal of the sympathetic nervous system. This stimulates changes to the cardiovascular system, hormones, adrenal function, muscular tension, and digestive function. When maintained long term, these changes can lead to chronic illness or fatigue, inflammation, and disease. In addition, people become hyper-vigilant of their surroundings. This is a protective mechanism designed to avoid a potential threat in the surrounding environment.
The most effective way of dealing with this type of sensitivity is to reduce the physical response by dealing with unresolved trauma and current sources of stress. This would usually include a range of health interventions: nutritional support, lifestyle changes, coping skills, relationship guidance, plus psychological and emotional support. As physiological, psychological and emotional stress is processed and decreases, the levels of sensitivity and related issues subside accordingly.