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This post was written by Andy Mort
High Processing Sensitivity (being sensitive to subtleties in the world around) has been an important trait in human evolutionary history. It is widely accepted that Highly Sensitive People have been pretty vital in navigating us safely through the various dangers we face as a human race.
We hear a lot about external overwhelm; the high processing sensitivity of HSPs to sensory inputs like sudden loud noises, smells, fluorescent lights, tastes, textures and the like. There is another source of HSP overwhelm; unseen but intrinsically linked to external stimulation. Sensitivity to our own inner chatterbox.
Are you naturally interested in what goes on beneath the surface?
One of the characteristics of introverted people is that they create their energy when “focussing more on the inner world of thoughts and ideas”. Whereas more extroverted people achieve ‘highs’ from their surroundings and external experiences.
But what does ‘the inner world of thoughts and ideas’ mean? Can we enjoy this part of who we are without turning into self-absorbed antisocial ego maniacs?
And anyway…it’s not all about OUR thoughts and ideas.
Our world suffers from a chronic self-esteem deficit.
We judge externalities and are forever encouraged to compare ourselves with one another. Capitalist society is built on this foundation.
Apparently there is a difference between pleasure and enjoyment. Who knew?
I guess I’ve always just thrown them into the same pot and used them interchangeably. But thanks to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who has been my audiobook companion over the past couple of weeks, the difference is clear (I’ve been listening to his seminal work, ‘Flow: The Psychology of Happiness).
So what is pleasure and how does it differ to enjoyment?
In his latest book, The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything, Michael Puett presents 8 things to do if you want to make positive and lasting changes to your life.
I had not come across Puett’s writing until recently when I saw him interviewed about the book. One of his points in particular made me sit up and listen:
…Stop Taking Personality Tests
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Do you ever procrastinate?
I’m assuming you do from time to time. I mean, most of us have moments when we are happily distracted by anything that puts off the thing we’re supposed to be getting on with.
How about ‘precrastination’?
It turns out I’m a big precrastinator. Somewhat surprisingly, I’m pretty confident a lot of highly sensitive people probably are.
“Precrastination is the inclination to complete tasks quickly just for the sake of getting things done sooner rather than later.”
Do you have a special memory from a shared experience you’ve had with someone else?