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The wonderful emotional brain of hypersensitive people

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It is sometimes difficult to adapt to this noisy world, to this world full of selfishness and other double intentions.

The senses of hypersensitive people are a weakness, but also a chance. They can perceive what others do not perceive, and do it so intensely that the world then presents them with a range of realities that elude others.

What is hypersensitivity to? Is it genetic? Why do hypersensitive people suffer more than others?

Why for them is love so intense, but so painful? Why do they like solitude so much, why do they feel so deeply misunderstood from a very young age?

In 2014, researchers from Stony Brook University, New York, completed an interesting study, in which they tried to explain the peculiarities of the brain of a hypersensitive person, as well as differences between those who are hypersensitive and those who are not, or at least those who do not have the emotional openness so characteristic of hypersensitivity.

The results of this study, composed of six surveys, are very interesting, and have been published in the journal Brain and Behavior. Read the rest of this article to discover them! We are sure you will be surprised.

The emotional brain of hypersensitive people

It is estimated that almost 20% of people have the basic characteristics of hypersensitivity. Often, these people spend most of their lives without knowing that they belong to this small group of privileged.

In a way, they have always lived wearing “invisible glasses” that made them see the world differently, with a more open heart, but also more vulnerable.

The study conducted by researchers at Stony Brook University found that hypersensitive people have an emotional brain with great empathy. They are fully oriented towards “sociability” and union with their fellow men.

In other words, these researchers have shown that the brain processes of hypersensitive people result in over-excitement in the neuronal areas relating to emotions and interaction.

They are able to decipher and guess the feelings of the people they have in front of them. But, at the same time, they have to deal with a very simple problem …

Others do not show the same empathy. There is therefore a clear imbalance between the sensitivity of hypersensitive people and those of people who are not. “They consider themselves to be different”.

To arrive at all these conclusions, the researchers carried out a battery of tests based on the magnetic resonances, or on the study of the brain processes that present people diagnosed as hypersensitive, in comparison with those of the people who are not it.

These people have been exposed to different stimuli in order to observe the biochemical activity that takes place in the various brain structures.

The results were very conclusive, and more particularly at two levels:

Mirror neurons

You must have already heard about mirror neurons. They fulfill a social function, being especially present in humans and primates.

Located in the lower frontal cortex of the brain and very close to the language area, mirror neurons are more specifically related to empathy and our ability to capture, process, and interpret the emotions of others.

In people with hypersensitivity, their activity is continuous and very significant since childhood.

The insula

The insula is a small brain structure lodged very deep in our brain. Located in the insular cortex, it is linked to the limbic system, a basic structure in our emotions that brings us this more subjective and intimate vision of reality.

In fact, Stony Brook researchers call the insula “the seat of consciousness” because it brings together most of our thoughts, intuitions, feelings and other perceptions of all that we can live.

You will not be surprised to learn that this “magic” structure is more active in hypersensitive people than in people who are not.

This study also shows that in addition to being receptive to visual stimuli related to human faces and emotions, hypersensitive individuals also have a lower threshold in response to many physical stimuli, such as intense lights or loud sounds.

It activates in them the brain structures related to pain … which is very curious.

Hypersensitive people have a way of feeling and understanding the world through a more pointed, finer neurosensory system. That’s not what they have, but that’s what they are.

During their life, they must learn to deal with their strong emotions as well as with this wonderful gift, because suffering is not a must, but an option that is not worth retaining.

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