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Are You an Emotionally Intense Person?

What Is Emotional Intensity? Why do you Feel so Much?

Are you an Emotionally Intense person? Have you ever asked yourself: “Why do I feel so much?”

Having an intense personality may mean the following:

  1. Emotional depth and passion
  2. Deep empathy and sensitivity
  3. Being highly perceptive
  4. A rich inner world, with vivid imagination
  5. Creative potential and existential angst

1. An Intense Person has Emotional Depth and Passion

You have always been an ‘old soul’.

Compared to peers your age, you are an unusually deep thinker and feeler.

You see the world with depth and complexity.

Although the passion and curiosity you have remained like that of a child.

You experience emotions powerfully, both positive and negative.

You might have asked yourself ‘Why do I feel so much?’ ‘Am I feeling too much?’

You do feel a lot, sometimes positive and negative at the same time.

For example, you may soar high into bliss and plunge deep into despair within a short period of time.

You know the meaning of ecstasy and rapture, though this may not be shared by others around you.

When you feel into music or art, you feel completely absorbed, sometimes you have difficulty pulling yourself out from an immersive art experience.

You love passionately, even if you may not show it explicitly.

This applies not just to romance but also to your friends, family pets, even wider humanity.

You give a lot in relationships, and you are easily wounded by abandonment and rejection.

You are gifted with immense passion, even if you do not show it on the outside.

You form such strong connections with people, animals, and places that separation is painful, even traumatizing for you.

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You experience life with tenderness and nostalgia.

When you recall a memory of someone you love, you feel as though it was yesterday.

2. Deep Empathy and Sensitivity are Parts of Emotional Intensity

From an early age, you have a grave concern for the wider world.

(this is a common trait for gifted people)

Your empathy is so strong that when others are hurt, you feel as if it is happening to you.

You may even feel physical pain when you witness abuse.

Being an empath, you feel you ‘absorb’ other people’s psychic and emotional energies.

After being in crowds or social situations, you may get overwhelmed.

You are not interested in small talks and shallow connections, but soulful and meaningful relationships.

You are sensitive to your friends’ and lovers’ needs, and you are a loyal companion.

However, having energetically ‘thin boundaries’ also means you are vulnerable to relational hurt.

You take things personally and often take too much responsibility for what happens in a relationship.

You are more likely to drive all blame to yourself than to blame others.

You are physically sensitive to your environment.

You may be overwhelmed by too much sensory input.

You are sensitive to loud noises, strong smells, or tactile sensations such as clothing tags and rough surfaces.

3. Having Emotional Intensity Also Makes you Highly Perceptive

You can sense and perceive things that others miss.

You see beyond the surface, pick up subtle cues, and are very attuned with … [ keep reading on Eggshell Therapy ]

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Low Fodmap Diet: What it Is, Uses & How to Follow

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You may have heard of the FODMAP diet from a friend or on the internet.

When people say “FODMAP diet,” they usually mean a diet low in FODMAP — certain sugars that may cause intestinal distress.

This diet is designed to help people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and/or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) figure out which foods are problematic and which foods reduce symptoms.

“The low FODMAP diet is a temporary eating plan that’s very restrictive.”
—Hazel Galon Veloso, M.D.

“The low FODMAP diet is a temporary eating plan that’s very restrictive,” says Johns Hopkins gastroenterologist Hazel Galon Veloso, M.D. “It’s always good to talk to your doctor before starting a new diet, but especially with the low FODMAP diet since it eliminates so many foods — it’s not a diet anyone should follow for long. It’s a short discovery process to determine what foods are troublesome for you.”

What is FODMAP?

FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, which are short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that the small intestine absorbs poorly.

Some people experience digestive distress after eating them. Symptoms include …

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12 Cooking Greens You Can Grow at Home

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Cooking greens are simply leafy portions of vegetables that are well suited for cooking rather than being served raw in salads.

A good many root vegetables, such as beets and turnips, serve both functions—the roots are cooked or sliced up for salads, while the above-ground leafy portions are used for cooking greens.

While vegetables in the cooking greens category aren’t always related to one another botanically, they all share some similar qualities.

Most are easy to grow, and many offer a long season of cut-and-come-again harvesting, meaning you can take what you need for cooking and leave the rest of the plant to continue producing.

Many cooking greens can be frozen for winter eating, and most can be succession planted—planted at different times in the same garden area to make maximum use of the growing season.

Here are 12 vegetables for the home garden that make … [ keep reading on the spruce ]

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