"Highly Sensitive" Adopted Child Becomes H-S Adult Adoptee
There is a large population of adoptees, (infants ripped out of the arms of their biological mothers, being intentionally inflicted with this trauma at birth that were adopted by more deserving, financially superior couples) that display the personality traits of "Highly Sensitive Persons".
The adopted child that is adopted to supply the adoptive mother with purpose, distraction or to fulfill her psychological needs. This adopted child is not nurtured by the adoptive mother to develop their own distinctive individual, biologically based true sense of self, is denied his natural identity.
The criticisms by adoptive mothers that tell their adopted child that they are "too sensitive", "over-dramatic", "too emotional" and label the adopted child's personality as problematic. The adopted child internalizes the dominating caregiver's vocalizations of intentional destruction of the child's positive natural abilities. The adopted child begins to doubt their abilities and suppress their honest feelings, emotions and anger.
By suppressing their own spontaneous true feelings, the sense of self is distorted as defense mechanisms take the place of honest interactions, that are mistaken for personality by the dominating adoptive mother. The high sensitive adoptee is punished for being honest, showing true feelings and their self esteem does not develop. The H-S-Adoptee lives in constant over stimulation, as the hostility and chaos in the adoptive environment can't be escaped. The adopted child suffers emotionally, physiologically and psychological health in the adoptee is compromised.
Contrast by adopted children in adoptive homes that are nurturing the highly sensitive adopted child's needs by promoting and caring for the adoptee as a unique individual. The adopted children in nurturing adoptive homes experience thriving self-esteem, self-worth and awareness experience educational competence and age related mastery.
Article "Highly Sensitive Person"
(C.G. Jung, 1913)
C.G. Jung, arguably he most influential psychiatrist and psychotherapist after Sigmund Freud, already mentioned in 1913 the concept of innate sensitiveness in several of his lectures. Jung argued that some people are born being more sensitive than others and that this innate trait shapes and interacts with their experiences and their perception of the world. He observed that when sensitive individuals are given the same degree of stress in childhood as non- sensitive individuals, they are more likely to develop depression, anxiety or shyness later in life. However, if sensitive individuals experience lower levels of stress or experience a nurturing upbringing that provides a good match to their innate trait, they show no more of these difficulties than the non-sensitive individuals — or even less, often being unusually aware of supportive as well as negative cues from parents or other caregivers.
Dr Elaine Aron, a Jungian Psychotherapist and researcher, focused her research since 1991 on this concept of “innate sensitivity”. Based on the findings of her empirical research she published the landmark book “The Highly Sensitive Person” in 1996. Since then she has published a series of bestselling books on HSPs, short for Highly Sensitive Person, and has inspired a wealth of research in neuroscience on “sensory processing sensitivity”.
These studies, using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), provide physical evidence that brains of individuals who are “highly sensitive” respond more powerfully to emotional images than individuals who are not “highly sensitive”. This translates to an individual characterised as HSP showing higher levels of awareness and emotional responsiveness based on greater activity in the sections of the brain called “mirror neuron system” and “anterior insula”.
Biologists have found the trait in over 100 species, from fruit flies to primates, and research indicates that between 15% and 20% of the population is born with a more sensitive nervous system. One possible explanation for this is that it offers a different evolutionary survival strategy.
Typical Attributes, Behaviors & Characteristics of
the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)
This list of typical characteristics is not extensive. Some people who are highly sensitive might show just some of those attributes. Others might show all of them to some degree and even additional ones that are not mentioned above.