Someone called me yesterday, and said, “I assume you mean emotional sensitivity?”
“Yes,” I promptly responded but added that emotional sensitivity is usually commingled with physical and other sensitivities. But yes, I focus on helping your child develop skillful thinking and emotional responses so that life is easier for them. Before they get guidance oftentimes they’ll have “knee-jerk” responses, which may or may not serve them. For example, I had one child whose default was to begin crying when he was teased and of course, this only made matters worse. But with some suggestions and role-playing Joshua learned how to handle things differently, which made the bully leave him alone. I’ve got tons of real-life examples where kids with just a little guidance, lots of practice, supportive mentors and positive environments can really turn their sensitivity from a liability into a strength.