The best from the best 2013: on sensitivity and vulnerability

A series of posts on what I learned about writing, uncertainty, sensitivity, creativity, and more this year from the smartest people who ever lived — maybe they can help you, too.

In this post, the best quotations/thoughts on :

Sensitivity and Vulnerability

I started 2013 thinking I was a thin-skinned, emotionally overwhelmed, over-stimulated, lost outsider who thought being sensitive was a curse.  Then the “psychic kaleidoscope turned a notch” (to borrow a phrase from Caroline Knapp) and I’m ending the year feeling empowered as a highly sensitive person.  It’s a gift. This is why:  — MM


We have this paradox where the strongest get trampled on because they don’t know what else to do.  Your sensitivity is a superpower.  This is the great part of the paradox.  Because we are so strong, we get trampled on. — Ane Axford

Sensitive people who were used to a rich intellectual life may have suffered much pain  (they were often of a delicate constitution) but the damage to their inner selves was less.  They were able to retreat from their terrible surroundings to a life of inner riches and spiritual freedom.  Only in this way can one explain the apparent paradox that some prisoners of a less hardy make-up often seemed to survive camp life better than did those of a robust nature.  — Viktor Frankl

The more things you care about, the more vulnerable you are…caring passionately about anything…is like poking a giant hole in your life and letting the wind blow everything around.  — Rachel Kadish

Next post — On compassion, forgiveness, uncertainty


2 thoughts on “The best from the best 2013: on sensitivity and vulnerability

  1. Ane Axford has truly changed my journey (maybe even shown me the path itself) as an HSP 🙂 so cool to hear that you’re on one of your own that is leading you to see this perceived weakness as a gift and strength! Looking forward to traveling together 🙂


    1. Hi, Veronica. I’ve always loved the name Veronica. I really connect to Ane Axford and her writing. Have you read the intro and first chapter of the book she’s writing Super Sensitive? I hope she finishes it because I can’t wait to read it and I already love what she’s done so far. She really gets it. Thanks for checking out my blog.


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