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Introversion and Sensitivity: Aren’t They the Same Thing?

Until nearly twenty five years ago, there was no distinction drawn between sensitivity and introversion. They were assumed to be the same thing. Thanks to the research of Dr. Elaine Aron, we now know this isn’t the case.

Turns out the trait of sensitivity (possessing a nervous system that simply takes in more information) is separate from introversion/extroversion. This means it’s actually possible for a person to be extroverted and highly sensitive.

Highly sensitive extroverts are less common, and also more often misunderstood. Because they crave social interaction and are easily overwhelmed by too much input, they often have trouble finding a balance between those two traits. The very situations they seek out to meet their social needs are often too stimulating.

Does this sound like your child?

Check out this video I created to learn more about what it means to be a highly sensitive extrovert.

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