Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Comments by KarenK

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  • Hi, Sera,
    I know so many people in sensitivity categories. In different spaces over the decades, I have come across people who adapt to and explain sensitivities in terms of our more organic selves. This makes a lot of sense to me. We attempt to adapt to and function in a modern life that is not healthy in a million ways. We have sensitivities that served us well for the last million or so years in terms of being alert, aware, and prepared in natural environments to discern safe and healthy food, water, people, situations. It is difficult for humans to change/evolve on such a massively sped-up time scale as humanity has experienced in the last 10,000, 500, 200, or even the last 50 years. There are naturalists who take non-neurotypicals out into the wilderness and those people can often have serious adaptive abilities in more wild environments that neurotypicals or people well-adapted to modern life don’t have. Some of the ways I have learned to manage sensitivities have enabled me to survive in this world, and I know I am not the only one to discover some things that work. What I have seen and experienced is most limiting for lots of people are chemical sensitivities, and we keep getting more and more sensitized to the 40,000 chemicals we are exposed to every day (but those little noises can also be more than annoying, too!). It’s hard to adapt to such a toxic world. I am not happy to have so much company, but find it is good to speak about it. If more of us understood the prevalence of different sensitivities, I think we could impact environments and relationships for the better. I think it could be of immense help to understanding each individual and individual responses to what is happening in all sorts of moments and environments we are exposed to or choose in the field of mental health.