Identity is at the core of our self-confidence and relationships, yet it is one of the biggest challenge areas for HSPs and empaths. And is it any wonder when we spend so much time processing the feelings of others?
When I was pre-teen, I started to notice how many of my emotions and behaviors were influenced by my sister. I remember waiting for her in our room after school to find out what kind of mood she was in so that I knew how I was supposed to feel. Were we happy that someone asked her to prom? Where we anxious about her upcoming exam? Were we angry that she got a run in her new panty hose?
That was my first ah-ha moment in understanding how the emotions of others affected me and I felt some relief realizing that it wasn't ME feeling anxious. It wasn't ME feeling depressed. It wasn't ME feeling angry. But if it wasn't ME...then what was me? Who was I without all of you?
If you've ever asked yourself that question... if you find yourself struggling with your identity, feeling like a chameleon or an amalgam of everyone around you, know that you are not alone. And that there are tools and support that can help. Start with my new quiz "How Well Do You Know Yourself?"
An INTERVIEW I was invited to by Dr. Michael Smith of Empath Connection explores some of the common HSP/empath identity challenges and includes a few of my favorite identity exercises (that may reveal some surprising things about yourself)!
Jeannette is the author of the novel "Diary of a Teenage Empath" and two HSP/Empath workbooks for children & teens. She is an Integrative Health Coach who, with her mentor Dr. Wendy Nickerson, launched the first-ever accredited HSP training program for mental health professionals. She leads an HSP community group in Halifax and advocates for HSPs in the mental health community.
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