Taoism and Intensity

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“Overexcitabilities are inborn intensities indicating a heightened ability to respond to stimuli. Found to a greater degree in creative and gifted individuals, overexcitabilities are expressed in increased sensitivity, awareness, and intensity, and represent a real difference in the fabric of life and quality of experience. Dabrowski identified five areas of intensity-Psychomotor, Sensual, Intellectual, Imaginational, and Emotional. A person may possess one or more of these. “One who manifests several forms of overexcitability, sees reality in a different, stronger and more multisided manner” (Dabrowski, 1972, p. 7). Experiencing the world in this unique way carries with it great joys and sometimes great frustrations. The joys and positives of being overexcitable need to be celebrated. Any frustrations or negatives can be positively dealt with and used to help facilitate an individual’s growth.”  Sharon Lind, Overexitablity and the Gifted, The SENG Newsletter, 2001, 1(1) 3.

Multi-talents are intense, do experience intensities and overexcitabilities.  Sometimes we do not know what is wrong with us or if we are going crazy.  However, by discovering these are natural characteristics of who we are we can then look at and experience the joys and positives.  We see the outer world and inner world very differently with the greater degree of sensations in that intense manner.

“Everything has its own Inner Nature….. Inner Nature, when relied on, cannot be fooled.  But many people do not look at it or listen to it and consequently do not understand themselves very much.  Having little understanding of themselves, they have little respect for themselves, and are therefore easily influenced by others.”  Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

“And sometimes those very tendencies that you dislike the most can show up in the right way at the right time to save your life, somehow.  It that’s ever happened to you, you’ll think twice before setting out to completely Unbounce yourself.”  Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh.

Yes our exuberance, sensitivities with our level of intensity can be like Tigger bouncing and others feeling like they have been Bounced.   Yet understanding our Inner Nature and respecting it honors who we are.  The ability to express ourselves and experience with the intensity is in synch with our Inner Nature.  Yes we need to understand that can feel to others like being Bounced.  We can through understanding moderate by choice our experience and expression.  By recognizing and trusting our Inner Nature we can know the usefulness and happiness of our intensities.

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