Imagine the following: you are sitting in a train station, and suddenly you see a lady crying. And you feel brutal empathy. You try to contain yourself, but at that moment a very sad melody sounds at the same time that you see a child who is being scolded by his father. Nothing special would happen to you, right? You would take your train, and your mind would eliminate all those images and sounds.
If you are a highly sensitive child or adult, it is not so; everything you witness you experience and feel multiplied by a thousand. They say that they are part of the category of the gifted, but there are no serious studies to corroborate it, so, for the moment, we will focus on what we are beginning to see. And it has been seen that there is a statistical association between high levels of empathy with a greater potential to suffer abuse by peers, which gives obvious reasons for concern.
In what ways can a highly sensitive boy or girl go through school trouble? We unravel the keys to understand these little ones a little more and how their minds work.
How are highly sensitive children?
Let’s start with a summary of the psychological characteristics that are typically typical of highly sensitive children. Although they often seem shy people, they are rather introverted. They do not find it difficult to relate to others, although the truth is that they like being alone more.
They like very creative activities
They often do activities that are not typical of most children. Skipping rope or playing soccer interests them less than reading or painting, possibly because they find them more stimulating and offer them new experiences without interruption.
They feel easily stunned
These little ones often feel tired of classroom noise or bustle. This makes them more vulnerable to unforeseen environmental experiences, especially if they occur near where they are.
Their behaviors can be confused with hyperactivity
During childhood, their high sensitivity can be mistaken for hyperactivity because, on many occasions, they will lose attention when classes are overly extended.
They like nature
On the other hand, highly sensitive children are closely linked to nature and animals, which calm them. Music can also be their escape route from the world, giving them moments to lose themselves in introspection and maintain contact with the outside world only through what they hear.
They tend to introspective learning
Often their vocabulary is richer than that of other children, they are much more intense than their classmates in their interests, and they tend to make better friends with adults than with children. This may be because they spend more time carrying out introspection-based learning, which brings them closer, in some intellectual aspects, to the mentality and lifestyle of the adult.
They are very empathetic
High levels of empathy are one of its most remarkable qualities; they are very likely to feel a strong emotional connection with specific individuals and established very quickly.
They are hyperconscious
Often these children suffer because of their parents arguing, because of a friend who has a sick grandmother, or because of environmental disasters. Their life experiences affect them more than other children, especially if they are negative and leave painful memories.