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Be Sensitive

Be Sensitive

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“Neba count toe in front ah de man wid nine toe”

Always act with discretion – Be sensitive

The definition of sensitive is “to be susceptible to the feelings, attitude and circumstances of others.”

Some people are more sensitive than others. Unless you know how someone feels deep down inside, how will you be aware of their sensitivity? The easiest way to be sensitive is not to do or say anything, that you wouldn’t like to be done or said to you.

Don’t mock others

During one of my lessons I encouraged the students to take part in a group activity which involved reading. One of them struggled with reading. When it came to his turn to read, he hesitated. After much encouragement, he decided to read aloud in front of the class. He read well but was a bit slow. One of the others became impatient and mocked him by calling him ‘stupid.’

That insensitive remark upset the student and made him go back into his shell. It also reversed the progress that I’d made with him. Following that incident, we had a class discussion about  treating each other the way they’d like to be treated. I also told them that I wouldn’t tolerate any type of name-calling in my classroom. Also, they should always be sensitive to other people’s feelings.

Be sensitive and careful about what you say

My youngest daughter is extremely sensitive. I’ve learned to think about what I’m going to say to her before I say it. It wasn’t always like that though. But I’ve developed an awareness of her feelings. Her sensitivity is a result of traumas that she experienced at a young age.

When I tell her she’s lazy she gets upset, even if I say it jokingly. One day I went into her room and it was untidy, as usual. I told her to sort it out. I then commented that most teenagers are lazy, and she wasn’t any different. I didn’t mean to hurt her feelings. Anyway she became upset. That comment turned into an argument.

Are you quick to judge others by the way they look or act? When I came to live in the UK I was a quiet, skinny, long-legged teenager. I didn’t think I was pretty. To add to my sensitivity I had a strong Jamaican accent. I was always teased at school. Those girls had no idea how their words added to the negative feelings I had about myself. It took years for me to love and accept myself as I am.

Whether you’re sensitive or not, think about the sensitivity of others. Don’t speak or act irrationally. Your actions could hurt their feelings.

Has anyone ever upset you with their insensitive remarks or action? How did you deal with it? Please share in the comment box below. Also share this post on Facebook, Twitter and with your friends. Thank you. 🙂

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June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    4 Comments

  1. I feel that I’m a very sensitive person. I’m always taking things personally. And, I know I need to work on that.

    One of the insensitive comments that I received was when I was in college. My roommate said I had no personality because I didn’t want to join them in doing some crazy activities.

    I still think about that comment from time to time. But, for a while, it really hurt and made me reflect on who I was. But, I know I am not the sum of someone’s words.

    Thank you for sharing this post, June! It’s definitely something we need to think about as we interact with the world.
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    Jennifer Kennedy

    20/07/2013

    • I used to be extremely sensitive but I’ve learned not to take people’s comments about me seriously. But it’s easier said than done. The way I deal with it is by praying. It helps!

      You’re right Jennifer, you’re definitely not the sum of someone else’s words. Look at it this way, when people talk about you it’s because there’s something worth talking about. Also, those who criticise others should look at why they need to do that.

      junie junie

      20/07/2013

  2. I use to be a lot more sensitive then I am now June only because I’ve learned over the years to not take everything so personally. I use to do that a lot.

    I had kids that would make fun of me in school. To me they weren’t as cruel as some of the kids today because they were saying it to be funny and not bully anyone. I eventually learned to roll with it and they eventually stopped it altogether.

    I care a lot about people so I can relate a lot to what they’re going through. I think that helps me in my business as well so I look at this as a very good thing.

    I say just learn to not take everything so personally and we’ll all be so much better off. As I’ve learned over the year, it’s usually not about us!

    ~Adrienne
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    Adrienne

    21/07/2013

    • That’s so true Adrienne, a lot of us worry too much about the opinions others have about us. That includes me! It’s not easy to ignore their comments or treatments but it’s something we must learn to do. If not, we’ll never be secure with who we are.

      But being sensitive does have some cons. It makes it easier to feel empathy towards others.

      Thanks for your comments. 🙂

      junie junie

      22/07/2013

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