Being a highly emotional person doesn't mean you cry all the time, or you're always upset, but you do feel things more deeply, and respond more to your emotions. Here are five signs you're a highly emotional person, and how to deal with it.

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Being a highly emotional person isn't a bad thing, it just means you feel things on a whole new level. The Huffington Post had an article talking about 'the habits of highly sensitive people,' which in turn inspired this discussion on highly 'emotional' people.

1 - It's Hard to Make Decisions

Sure, some decisions are hard to make, but when someone asks you what TV show you want to watch, or where you want to go to eat... that shouldn't be hard. If you do have problems making small decisions, or it takes you awhile to make up your mind - you may be a highly emotional person.

HOW TO DEAL:

Think about your final decision - image the conclusion you come to - are you happy with it? If not, imagine the same thing with a different option. And always remember, if someone asks you what you want to do - They're asking you... it's your decision. You don't have to worry if they're going to be happy with your decision - it's your choice.

2 - Your Feelings Can Overpower You

This doesn't necessarily mean crying. When you're happy, you're ecstatic! When you're mad, you're fuming. When you're stressed, you're freaking out! You feel like your emotions are always so strong, compared to everyone else.

HOW TO DEAL:

Try to look at this as a positive side effect of being a highly emotional person. People don't apologize for being diabetic, you shouldn't have to apologize for your emotions. The only thing to keep in mind is the negative emotions - If you're feeling really anger or stressed, walk away for a minute. Give your mind (and emotions) a second to calm down, before you react.

3 - Crying Happens More Than You Would Like to Admit

On the same level as overpowering emotions, you may find yourself crying more than most. It may be a simple conversation that you're having, but the tears seem to well up in your eyes anyway. Sometimes it feels like anything could make you cry, but not necessarily make you 'upset.' You just respond to certain situations that way.

HOW TO DEAL:

Again, this is something you can't really control. This is on other people to understand. Your friends and family should realize that you are this way - and if they don't know, explain it to them. If they know it's something you can't stop from happening, it will be easier for them to know how to handle the situation.

4 - You're Very Mindful of Other People

If you can feel other people's emotions (like when someone else is embarrassed, you feel their embarrassment), you could be a highly emotional person. This also makes you very aware of the people around you - you'll say 'please' and 'thank you' more - You're deeply concerned about other people's feelings.

HOW TO DEAL:

Having great manners and keeping other people in your mind isn't a bad thing, but you do have to remember that you can't always please everyone. Some people are going to be upset, not care that you care, or whatnot - you just have to try and not let it bother you.

5 - Criticism is Hard to Hear

No one likes hearing what they do wrong, or what they need to fix, but it's a part of life. It's going to happen at work, around your friends, everywhere. If you like to be critiqued so you can learn to be a better person, but you're equally afraid of it - you could be a highly emotional person.

HOW TO DEAL:

Don't run from it! Criticism is a part of life, and it's good for you (to an extent). Instead of feeling down or bad about what someone says to you - try and look at the positives. Take what they say and imagine how it's going to change your life for the better. It's a learning experience, and it's just going to make you that much better!

 

Being a highly emotional person is like being stuck on a roller coaster - it has its 'ups' and 'downs.' Try not to get down on yourself for the way you are. Feeling more than others is both a blessing and a curse, but it's you - If you can learn to live with it (and be happy about it), so can others!

 

 

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[The Huffington Post: 16 Habits of Highly Sensitive People]