Recently I’ve experienced some confusion about sensitivity and the other types (not just Type 2). I am a Type 3 and I have always considered myself very aware of people’s feelings and energies, and you seem like you are very aware as well. It also bothers me when people Type themselves as 2′s only because they are ‘sensitive’. Would you talk more about this?
This is a great question. Thank you for asking it.
I would like to explain what I feel is the difference between being sensitive and being intuitive and empathic. I would describe someone as sensitive if they are not only aware of people’s energy and feelings, but can also be easily distressed by them.
I would describe an intuitive, empathic person as someone who reads energy easily and also tunes in to others’ thoughts and patterns, but is not necessarily distressed by this awareness. I would be an example of this quality. I can be very tuned in to the energy and patterns of others without adding stress to my body and feelings. I have a strong countenance and physical disposition. I am intuitive and empathic, but not sensitive in the way I describe a Type 2.
It is my experience that sensitive Type 2′s, especially Type 2 women, have a much stronger tendency to be distressed by the negative energy of others. They can experience mental, emotional, and physical distress as a result, if they are not careful to establish both energetic and physical boundaries for themselves.
Anyone can be intuitive and empathic, no matter their Energy Type. We can all learn to tune in to the energy and patterns in people around us. When we do, we can better honor and support others in living true to their natures.
Thanks again for your question,
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