Two people can experience the same event and have completely different reactions. Even weeks after a simple enough event, some people can still be traumatized by what others would have integrated and moved on from. I recently discovered the term Highly Sensitive People (HSP’s) in Zoe Kessler’s blog ADHD from A-Zoe who put me onto Elaine Aron’s book: Highly Sensitive People.
Two things have happened to me recently. In the first I ran into the back of another car at traffic lights and ended up with a headache and a sore arm. The other occupants got a jolt but were unharmed. The worst part was that the other car contained a child just out of hospital. I was far more upset by my inattentiveness than the actual event. In terms of car accidents it was a minor bingle, but I still feel sick thinking about how that scenario could have been much worse.