Category Archives: Personality Temperament

Are you Solar Powered or Battery Operated? Understanding Introversion and Extraversion

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As a “mind/body” therapist, I’m interested in helping you understand the physical aspects of your mental health.  In the two previous articles, I described sensitivity in regard to your physical nervous system.  In this article, I will be describing the physical aspects of how you get energized.

The terms ‘introverted’ and ‘extraverted’ are most commonly used to describe  a person either being socially outgoing or withdrawn.  Usually, extraverts are viewed more positively as “social butterflies” while introverts are seen as the more awkward “wall flowers” or “book worms”.  Some people can even be “ambiverts”, meaning they can go either way, just as ambidextrous refers to being right and left-handed. Continue reading

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You’re So Insensitive! (Sensitivity Part 2)

As promised, here’s my post for those of you who find yourselves on the lower end of the sensitivity spectrum that I will refer to as Low Sensitivity People (LSP).  Now, I have to make a disclaimer and tell you that I can’t find much information out there about LSP types in regard to a “physical” nervous system difference, so this will be based on personality temperament theory and my own interpretation.  I will also mention that you LSP types are more likely to come across this post because your more sensitive friend or family member would like you to see that you have your challenges also, since many of you often think you’re just fine as you are and that others are just being “too sensitive” (see the last post) :).  And, no doubt, you do have your strengths.  Let me start with these first – (hold on sensitive ones, I’ll get to the challenges soon).   Continue reading

You’re Too Sensitive! (Sensitivity Part 1)

How many of you have heard the comment “oh…you’re just too sensitive”?  So, in addition to feeling hurt, you’re left to think that there is something wrong with you.  What is sensitivity?  The answer to that has a lot to do with your nervous system.  According to Elaine Aron, Ph.D in “The Highly Sensitive Person” (HSP), research shows that approximately 20 percent of the population has a highly sensitive physical nervous system.  If this isn’t you, just imagine wearing your nerves on the outside of your skin.  I am sure, like many other things, sensitivity has a spectrum ranging from very low to very high, with those on the extreme ends having varying degrees of difficulty in experiencing the world around and within themselves.  In this post, I will discuss those who find themselves on the highly sensitive end of the spectrum. Continue reading