02 May The Connection Between Your Sensitive Imbalances and Gifts
As the Sensitive Doctor, I’ve invested countless hours, resources, and energy into the concept of sensitivity: what it is, how it affects our health, and how to thrive with it. Growing up as a “sensitive person,” I never truly understood what it meant to be sensitive. And, I most definitely didn’t recognize that sensitivity could be a positive character trait. Yet, through years of research, education, and experience, I’ve come to understand sensitivity in a whole new light. Today, it’s my passion and mission to help other sensitive individuals learn how to thrive with their sensitivity, or as I like to call it: their superpower. Better yet, to understand their sensitive imbalances and gifts.
The 6 Types of Sensitivity
To start, there are 6 different types of sensitivity that can influence our health, healing, overall wellness, and life as a whole. These sensitivity types are:
With each sensitivity, comes the potential to exhibit a gift or imbalance. Or, as you’ll soon find out, sometimes both!
What are Sensitive Gifts?
Every sensitive individual has strengths and weaknesses. Sensitive gifts are a person’s strengths in relation to their sensitivity. For example: my sensitive gifts are emotional and mental, while yours might be energetic and chemical. There are no right or wrong sensitive gifts. Our sensitive gifts are as unique as each individual.
I like to think of sensitive gifts as a collection of jars. Imagine 6 glass jars, varying in size. Your sensitive gifts, which are typically 2 or 3 sensitivities, are the bigger jars. The areas in which you are less gifted are the smaller jars. The bigger your gift, the bigger the jar. Your biggest gifts allow you to further experience and understand the sensitivity without feeling overwhelmed. In other words, your gifts provide more resilience and greater capacity. Alternatively, your smaller gifts limit your experience.
Examples of sensitive gifts include:
- Mental– Recognizes patterns quickly, catches mistakes and errors easily, notices visual/spatial changes in their surroundings
- Emotional– Easily feels other people’s feelings, knows what others think/ feel/need/want, understands why people can get triggered
- Physical– Excellent body awareness, very coordinated and agile, excellent posture
- Chemical– Healthy metabolism, robust and symptom-free digestion, glowing skin/hair/nails, strong immune system, lots of energy
- Social– Excellent judgment and decision-making skills, great planner and organizer, reliable, excellent follow-through
- Energetic– In sync with the energy, rhythms and vibrations of the universe, skilled with energy healing/muscle testing/applied kinesiology, grounded and present
To identify your top sensitive gifts, take my free quiz here.
What are Sensitive Imbalances?
As opposed to sensitive gifts, sensitive imbalances are stressors or triggers that hinder a person from experiencing their gifts to the fullest potential. Let’s refer back to the jar analogy.
If your sensitive gifts are glass jars, your sensitive imbalances are anything that fill up your jars. Obviously, the greater your sensitive gift, the more room you have to handle imbalances. The smaller the jar, the quicker you’ll feel the burden of your imbalances. Over time, your imbalances will start to weigh down your gifts. In other words, imbalances (stressors, triggers, or obstacles) keep you from experiencing your gifts to the fullest potential. Also, gifts and imbalances are not independent. If one jar begins to overflow, it can begin to affect your other jars (or gifts), too.
Examples of sensitive imbalances include:
- Mental– Anxiety, worry, chronic stress, perfectionism
- Emotional– Depression and anxiety, low Self-Esteem, moodiness, excessive crying, people pleasing
- Physical– Startle easily, skittish, anxious, chronic pain, motion sickness, fear of heights
- Chemical– Autoimmunity or chronic illness, digestive issues, skin issues, allergies, food Sensitivities
- Social– Social anxiety or isolation, bonding/attachment issues, low libido, psychosomatic pain
- Energetic– Mystery illness, unexplained anxiety, chronic fatigue, being dismissed and misunderstood by doctors
To identify your sensitive imbalances, take the free quiz here.
The Connection Between Sensitive Gifts and Imbalances
It’s important to understand that sensitive gifts and imbalances are not on opposite ends of a spectrum, nor do they have a synergistic relationship. Gifts and imbalances can co-exist.
When discussing the effects of sensitive gifts and imbalances, the most common question asked is: “Is the goal to eliminate all imbalances and maximize all gifts?” No, not necessarily. Inherently, every individual will have 1 to 3 top gifts. It’s unrealistic to expect any individual to exhibit gifts in all 6 sensitivities. Think of any great person throughout history. Let’s take Thomas Edison for example. Since he created the light bulb, I’m willing to bet he was primarily gifted in the mental department. After all, he was one of the greatest inventors of all time. While he had superior mental gifts, it’s likely his other sensitivities (or jars)– maybe physical and/or chemical– were much less impressive. In other words, every skilled individual usually thrives at one or two things, not everything.
Instead, the goal is to reduce any imbalances that are inhibiting your gifts. Imbalances, big or small, drain your energy and monopolize your focus. As a result, they can cause physical or mental symptoms, and ultimately, create chaos in your life. By reducing your imbalances, you increase your resilience and have a greater capacity to reach your full potential.
It’s also important to note that big gifts and big imbalances can exist in the same category. However, having a big imbalance doesn’t negate your big gift. It simply weighs you down and keeps you from experiencing your full potential.
Sensitive gifts and imbalances are an active and essential part of everyday life. However, they impact each of us differently. To learn how to reduce your sensitive imbalances and identify your sensitive gifts, use my free quiz!