Many women are emotionally sensitive. I am one of them, emotionally sensitive and highly intuitive. My body seems to read the room - I can physically feel it on my skin when there is a lot of heavy emotion in a room. And I can pick up on emotions and often hidden agendas in the people I talk to. When I was growing up I didn't understand what was going on and no one guided me. I, somehow, learned to trust my intuitions, to purposefully key in to the people around me, and to channel my own strong emotions.
It's probably my own experiences that make me passionate about teaching girls and women about their strong emotional responses. It's a gratifying part of my work with girls and moms.
About ten years ago I learned more about the brain science behind emotion and emotional control. Then I learned about mindful communication from a guy named John Tompkins. John put together a mindful communication program called Green Language. I enrolled and learned the curriculum. WOW, what a difference additional training can make! I'm telling you, it's wonderful to strengthen the emotional response system and that's just what happens when people learn about their feelings and take action to purposefully strengthen their own thinking and communication. Here's a link to John Tompkins' website. Go there and click on the middle drop-down menu and select "feelings vs dependency words." There you will see a LONG list of feelings - study this area as a first step toward gaining more control over your emotions and your communication. For more, contact John.
For workshops that help girls and moms better understand their complex friendships, emotions, and self-image (body-image and inner sense of self) attend one of my mother-daughter workshops. Here's a link to the upcoming event calendar.
Whatever your experience - yourself or with a girl or woman you care about, PLEASE know that emotional sensitivity is not a choice. It's a reality. Girls and women don't make a choice to be overwhelmed. They simply find themselves overwhelmed sometimes. Girls and women can learn how to manage it. We know how to teach it now.