Emotional Intensity: 5 Epic Signs That You're an Emotionally Intense Person & Why You're Awesome
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Do you call yourself an introvert? An empath? Are you highly creative, perceptive or intuitive? There’s a chance that you’re an emotionally intense person, and you have some really awesome superpowers.
WHAT IS EMOTIONAL INTENSITY?
According to Dr. Imi Lo,
“Emotional intensity is an innate trait, a temperament...It means feelings a wide spectrum of emotions in a more vivid and profound way than most people do, and this includes both positive and negative emotions – pain, distress, despair, fear, excitement, love, sadness or happiness. At its best, intensity comes with a sense of awe, quivering aliveness and deep appreciation for the beauty in this world. At its worst, it feels like a consuming, out-of-control, never-ending storm.”
THE FIVE SIGNS OF AN EMOTIONALLY INTENSE PERSON
1. Emotional Intensity and Velocity
Your emotions are powerful. You experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. You are a very passionate person.
2. Deep Empathy & Sensitivity
You call yourself an ‘empath’. You absorb the feelings of others. You may have a deep concern for the pain of others. You have strong moral feels. Unethical things stir you the wrong way.
3. Highly Acute Perceptivity
You are intuitive. You can easily pick up on different energies, patterns, and linkages. Bright lights and sounds may easily startle you.
4. Rich Inner World and High Sensual, Imaginary, and Intellectual Excitability
You are very imaginative. You may read a lot of books or enjoy music and theatre. You are curious about the spiritual world.
5. Creative Potential & Existential Angst
You have many questions about life - why are we alive? What is the purpose of life? You have this inner desire to want to be more. This propels you to self-improve. You are curious, innovative, and a visionary.
WHY EMOTIONALLY INTENSE PEOPLE STRUGGLE
This trait can be a blessing and a burden. Feeling intensely can arouse dark emotional turmoil. And many emotionally intense people feel misunderstood.
In fact, most emotionally intense people do not know about their trait. They do not know how to use their deep emotions to flourish. Many people invalidate the emotions of an intense person. Others take advantage of their compassion and empathy.
The emotionally intense person struggles to understand their feelings and how to self-soothe. They go on in life assuming that they are “over-emotional”, “depressed”, and sometimes, “crazy”.
EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IS A SUPERPOWER
The truth is, emotionally intense and hypersensitive people make up 15-20% of the population. Psychological research has only recently began to understand the neurodiversity of people with intense emotions.
Many psychologists and studies are finding that emotionally intense people are gifted. With their intense perceptivity and intuitiveness, the emotionally intense population are some of the most influential, impactful, creative artists, engineers, and innovators.
With their awareness and deep moral empathy, they see where changes need to be made. They connect with people deeply. And they help propel our universe forward.
If you are an emotionally intense person, you may have a secret superpower. I know it can be difficult feeling like an “outcast”, “misfit”, or “non-conformist”. The world may often feel over-stimulating or overly-demanding. If you have an awareness of your traits and gifts, you can bring a lot of impact to our world. :)
P.S. Are you an emotionally intense person? Do you relate to any of these traits? How did you manage your intense emotions? Let me know in the comments!