Are You Sensitive?

The Olympics were killing me. I loved watching the athletes soar through the air, twirl around on the ice (even though I felt nauseous), sweep, shoot, and complete seemingly impossible feats.

But… I am a self-diagnosed ‘highly sensitive person’ and I could barely stand the ups and downs of emotions that I felt when watching. I rejoiced with the winners but my heart broke for the ones who crashed, slipped, fell or otherwise faced overwhelming disappointment.

I couldn’t imagine working a lifetime for a moment of glory, neither could I imagine handling the disappointment that most of those athletes have to handle. Let’s face it, there are a lot more are ‘losers’ than there are ‘winners’. Even though I think just making it there you should count as winning.

Mostly during the games I wondered why I was so emotionally affected watching events such as these, or by viewing the news or movies or a hundred others things that seem to emotionally affect me more than the average bear.

If this resonates with you or sounds like someone in your life, you may want to check out The Highly Sensitive Person a book by Dr. Elaine Aron and/or the documentary Sensitive. It’s very validating for the minority of us that seem to take things very much to heart, often to our detriment. We can stop apologizing for being ‘feelers’ and simply acknowledge that this is a trait we have and it is ours to own, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.

This trait makes us, us – compassionate, caring and loving individuals. That’s not so bad is it?

Check out the book and/or the documentary to help you better understand yourself or those in your life that carry this trait.

The Olympics are over for another two years, but I’ve still got the National Anthem to cry over. 😉


Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.


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