Highly Sensitive – BUT WHY?
To help me paint the picture this I’m going to refer to Dr Eliane Aron again – she states that numerous species of animal have been found to have members of their groups to be more ‘sensitive and cautious’ than others. This diversity in animal populations has meant that they survive and they have been able to keep evolving and thrive.
Their differences in personality has allowed this.
In her book “The Highly Sensitive Person” she uses the example of a heard of deer. It has been observed that within a herd of deer, some are more sensitive and cautious than others, and for very good reasons.
Imagine a group of deer; they come to a clearing in the woods with luscious green grass. Some of the deer do a quick check and then head straight out and start eating the luscious, life-sustaining grass, knowing that if they don’t eat the grass now, they could die of malnourishment, their babies would go un-fed, they wouldn’t be strong enough to flee a predator.
Whereas, some hang back, much more cautious, knowing that if they rush out and start eating the lush grass a predator or hunter could be lurking and they could be killed instantly, this too being a threat to their survival and the survival of their family group. They check and check again, using all their relevant senses (smell, hearing, sight, intuition) to make sure its safe before proceeding.
Now for this species of animal to survive – BOTH types of deer are needed – the more bold one and the more cautious one. If all the deer were as bold as the first one, the entire herd could be wiped out instantly. Where as if all the herd were as cautious and sensitive, the herd may never get the nutrition to survive.
It is the same with humans – both types are needed for our society to thrive.