How DBT can help Highly Sensitive People
Radical acceptance is exactly what it sounds like: when you surrender to your circumstances without fighting reality. You stop responding destructively when your situation isn’t going the way you want it to. You let go of the anger and bitterness that keeps you trapped and suffering.
Even when life gets uncomfortable, radical acceptance allows you to live in the moment and free yourself from the negative emotions that keep you from enjoying the world. For Highly Sensitive People, radical acceptance is a way of letting go of criticisms, perceived slights, shame, guilt, and other overwhelming feelings.
When you work on your emotional regulation with your therapist, you’ll be able to better identify why you often get overwhelmed. DBT teaches you to take a step back and rationally look at your emotions before letting them take over.
You’ll learn to observe how you emotionally respond to situations. If you tend to respond dysfunctionally as a Highly Sensitive Person, DBT gives you the skills for reevaluating your response and doing the opposite of what your impulse might have led you to do.
Mindfulness is the practice of being emotionally and physically present, particularly in a distressing moment. It’s a skill that takes a lot of practice to master. DBT teaches you how to appreciate both logic and emotion in a time of stress.
It also shows you how to become grounded in your physical body, paying attention to sensations and thoughts as they arise. Mindfulness helps Highly Sensitive People be less reactive, taking pleasure in the present moment without worry.