Why Do I Feel So Sensitive?

Do you find yourself crying at sad movies or being upset by small things that others seem to shrug off? Do you feel like your emotions are constantly on a rollercoaster and you can’t seem to get off?

If this sounds like you, you may be wondering why you feel so sensitive. The truth is that sensitivity is not a flaw, it’s simply a part of who you are. However, it’s important to understand the reasons behind your sensitivity so that you can manage your emotions in a healthy way.

The Science Behind Sensitivity

The first thing to understand is that sensitivity has a biological basis. Highly sensitive people have a nervous system that is more responsive to stimuli, meaning they are more easily affected by things in their environment such as loud noises or strong smells.

Additionally, sensitive people have more active mirror neurons which means they feel the emotions of others more easily. This is why sensitive people often have strong empathy and can easily absorb the emotions of others around them.

The Impact of Environment

While biological factors play a role in sensitivity, environment also plays a significant role. Childhood experiences such as trauma or neglect can lead to heightened sensitivity in adulthood. Furthermore, growing up in an environment where emotions are not validated or are dismissed can lead to a lack of emotional regulation skills, resulting in heightened sensitivity.

Additionally, social and cultural factors can play a role in sensitivity. For example, living in a society that values independence over emotional connection can make sensitive people feel out of place or abnormal.

Managing Sensitivity

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your sensitivities, there are things you can do to manage them. Firstly, take some time to understand your triggers. What situations or environments make you feel most sensitive? Once you understand your triggers, you can start to plan and prepare for situations in advance.

Another important thing to do is to practice self-care. This can mean different things for different people, but could include spending time alone, practicing meditation or mindfulness, or engaging in creative activities.

Finally, seek out supportive people and environments. Surround yourself with people who understand and accept your sensitivities and try to find environments where your sensitivity can be an asset rather than a liability.


Sensitivity is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a part of who you are and can even be an asset in certain situations. By understanding the biological and environmental factors behind your sensitivities and practicing self-care and seeking out supportive environments, you can learn to manage your emotions in a healthy way.

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