When we think of people with great strength of character who are able to come through difficult circumstances often seemingly unfazed, we don’t generally think of those same people being very sensitive as well. It can and does occur though, that some incredibly strong people and personalities are also some of the most sensitive.
The two traits are not mutually exclusive, as society might have us think. Below are 5 signs you just might be one of these rare people yourself.
1. You find yourself overwhelmed at times.
The world is wild and sometimes scary place, and life slows down for no one. You may sometimes feel overcome by the rush and weight of it all, but you never give up. You’re sensitive enough to feel those feelings deeply but strong enough not to be halted by them. You know better than anyone that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.
2. You call it like it is.
Your sensitivity allows you to be attuned to the details and hard truths of reality, and whether it’s the behavior of a friend or some small injustice that may go unnoticed by others, you aren’t afraid to bring it to the forefront of attention. You’re in touch with the feelings of others, as most sensitive people are, but you don’t sugarcoat or gloss over things that need to be addressed.
3. You’re only interested in real romantic connections.
You’ve got a lot going on inside of you and you’re not interested in spending 5 dates talking about weather and local sports or favorite bands. You want something honest and real from your partner and you’re not afraid to wait it out a little longer in order to get that. You don’t like to be alone, but you know what your company is worth and you won’t settle for less.
4. You have standards for yourself and others.
You’re sensitive enough to know when something isn’t quite right but you’re also strong enough to know you shouldn’t take that crap lying down. You wouldn’t expect anything from others that you don’t expect from yourself, so when something is unacceptable, it’s important to you to let the proper people know so that the situation can be remedied. Basically you don’t take any bullshit and you don’t allow yourself to dish it out, either.
5. You are an excellent listener.
Your natural sensitivity gives you a unique talent for listening and being compassionate to the troubles of others, while your strength helps to make you a great shoulder to cry on in times of need. Your presence is kind and warm but also firm and reassuring. You’re able to empathize and sit through the pain with a friend, but you’re also there to help them stand back up and keep on moving forward. This is why anyone who gets to call you a friend should consider themselves lucky.