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13 Quotes From Famous Creative People About High Sensitivity

nicole Kidman1.“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.”

“To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.”

“Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off… They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.” –Pearl S. Buck

2.”Oh please be careful with me
I’m sensitive
And I’d like to stay that way” –Jewel

3.“I’m a very sensitive person. I hurt real easy and real deep, which is why I think I have to write songs, [and] why so many of them fit the feelings of so many people that can’t write. It’s because I feel everything to my core.” –Dolly Parton

4. “She has the same kind of passion and excess [as Joan] and, you know, she can laugh and she can cry two seconds afterwards. She can cry for an ant on the street. She has, like, no skin. She feels everything. Even the wind can make her cry.” –Luc Besson on Milla Jovovich

5. “I get emotional all the time. I get emotional every time I make a speech, or talk about other cast members,Every now and again, my heart just explodes and expands.” –Jennifer Beals

6. “I never thought of myself as shy, and then I realized I am kind of shy; I’ve just built defenses to hide it.” –Claire Danes

7. “There have been some traumatic experiences in my life that have resulted in my feeling that maybe I was going insane for a little while…

“How do you ever explain the feelings of anxiety and paralysing fear? I can’t answer those questions.

“It’s just a feeling of ‘Am I crazy? Am I too sensitive to be in this world?’

“A feeling that the world is just too complicated for me right now, and I don’t feel like I belong here. But it passes, and fortunately today I feel blessed for all the good things in my life.”—Winona Ryder

8. “(I am) a very oversensitive, vulnerable person. You have to be to do this for a living.” — Brittany Murphy

9. “I think I was born with a great awareness of my surroundings and an awareness of other people. I know when I really connect with somebody… Sometimes that awareness is good, and sometimes I wish I wasn’t so sensitive.

“I’m so happy I’m not walking around life with a cloud over my head, not really knowing which way to look or which way to turn.”

“But then, on the other hand, sometimes you don’t wanna see what’s behind people’s doors.” –Scarlett Johansen

10. “I wouldn’t say my insecurities and shyness have lessened just because of expressing myself through acting, but what has a role in my becoming more confident is the kind of false sense of adoration you get from the business… because I was so insecure, it gives me a reason to be a little more confident.”—Taye Diggs

11. “I’m extremely-extremely sensitive. I can cry at the drop of a hat. I’m such a girl when it comes to that. Anything upsets me. I cry all the time. I cry when I’m happy too.” –Mandy Moore

12. “I was a highly sensitive child, and the last thing my parents wanted was for their child to go in and get hurt…”

“Most actors are highly sensitive people, but you have this incredible scrutiny. You have to develop a thick skin, but you can’t have a thick skin in your work.

“So it’s that constant push-pull of going, How do I stay human and vulnerable and real, and how do I, at the same time, not let all this affect me?” –Nicole Kidman

13. “I found films to be turbulent and stressful. They have caused me an enormous amount of anxiety, because I do not have a lot of confidence. You are working, intellectually and mentally, and you are having to be with people and socialize all the time.”

“Actors like it, on the whole, but I was not born with that quality. I am very quiet and would much prefer to talk to a few people rather than a crowd.”

“I could never really see the point of being high-profile when I loathed it so much. Every now and then, you can go to something like an Oscars ceremony, but nobody is holding a gun to your head. The rules were the same 40 years ago as they are now. You can either choose your spotlight – or you can stay at home.” –Julie Christie.

If you’re experiencing anxiety, social anxiety, and are highly sensitive, call for a free phone consult from a David Silverman, psychotherapist and veteran screenwriter.

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13 Quotes From Famous Creative People About High Sensitivity

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