As a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) you may often feel like fish out of water and here's why.
At conception there are two specific genes among the genes you inherit, one from your mother and one from your father, which determine how strongly your amygdale are wired. The amygdalae are tiny, prehistoric, bean-shaped organs in the brain (one organ with two tails really), thought to be amphibious, which I refer to as your inner fish.
All people have a set of amygdalae, which are responsible for tracking responses from their nervous systems and translating those responses in terms of emotions. In you, however, the HSP, the amygdalae are not wired strongly enough to the rest of the brain, which can create hypersensitivity. Here’s how it works.
If you receive two long gene variants (two long tails) your amygdalae are hardwired soundly, which is the case in non-sensitive people. Long variant genes help to produce more protein and, as a result, more serotonin, which is a calming, 'feel good’ chemical in your brain and gut, which lead to a calmer nature.
But, if you receive two short gene variants (two short tails), your amygdalae come up weakly connected and you end up with an anxious nature. Short variant genes, which are often called depression genes, produce less protein and less serotonin.
By the way, anyone receiving one long and one short gene variants has a 50/50 chance of experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, and/or social or agoraphobia. If you have ever suffered a panic attack or phobia, you probably understand what it means to feel like a fish out of water.
One reason for you ending up with two short fish tails might be the stress level of your mother during pregnancy. It is now known that women who are highly stressed during pregnancy have a higher chance of delivering a Highly Sensitive child due to the hormonal changes she undergoes while pregnant. Needless to say, in today's world, the population percentages of HSPs are growing.
Still, even with shorter fish tails, you don't have to succumb to anxiety, panic and and overwhelm. You can learn to calm your inner fish with the information included in my e-book, Calming Your Inner Fish ~ Erasing Anxiety, Panic, Phobias & Depression in Sensitive People.
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Mari J. Dionne ~ CHP, CLC
Whirligigs ~ Testicles
Accoucheur ~ A male mid-wife.
Kingsevil ~ A disease or swelling of the cervical lymph nodes.
Valitudinary ~ Subject to sickness; crazy.
Chime-Child ~ A child born on Sunday who was immune to witchcraft, could see ghosts, and was a natural healer.
Periblepsis ~ A delirious stare of the eyes.
Wormland ~ A churchyard.
Green-Sickness ~ A disease incident to virgins; sickly paleness, with green tint of complexion.
Tissek or Tissicky Cough ~ A tickling faint cough.
Multiplying Medicine ~ An elixer of the alchemists, used in making and multiplying gold.
Peat-Reek-Whisky ~ Highland whiskey, distilled over peat fires.
Belly-Brussen ~ A distended stomach or having a protuberant stomach.
Oint ~ To smear with an unctuous substance (usually having to do with painting or disguising something).
Farbed-Up ~ Confused
Nyctobasis ~ Somnambulism; to walk in one's sleep.
Roozles ~ Wretchedness of mind and body.
Coolth ~ Coolness (opposite of warmth).
Pharmacopolist ~ An apothecary.
Laver ~ To wash (before dinner).
Gothicism ~ To be rude or rudeness.
Desuetude ~ Lack of use.
Splay the Bream ~ To cut up that fish.
Doctor of Skill ~ A physician.
Pimpish ~ Dainty in the matter of food (taking in small quantities.)
Dendranthoplology ~ The theory that man sprang from trees.
Fash ~ Care, trouble, anxiety.
Satisfy Colon ~ To satisfy one's hunger.
Neurasthenia ~ Debility or impairment of the nerves.
Trollibags ~ The intestines.
Cothish ~ Faint, sickly, ailing.
Fogo ~ A disagreeable stink or smell.
With Squirrel ~ Pregnant
Pottinger ~ A cook, apothecary, druggist (Scotland).
Pomster ~ A quack doctor; to treat illness without knowledge or skill.
Bleflummery ~ Vain imaginings.
Venefice ~ A practice of poisoning.
Fish-Whole ~ As sound as a fish or healthy.
Weaponsalve ~ A salve that was supposed to cure the wound by applying it to the weapon that caused it.
Overset ~ To recover from mental shock.
Fordolked ~ Wounded.
Witchify ~ To bewitch.
Wamblecropped ~ Humiliated
Naufrage ~ Shipwreck
Peffle ~ In a nervous state.
Measondue ~ A hospital or poor house.
Dead-Nip ~ A blue mark on the body not caused by an injury or any known cause...sometimes called a witch's nip.
Sadly On ~ Expressing that a person is ill or in a bad way.
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