Are You Thin or Thick Skinned? Knowing Your Emotional TypeI am often told that I should grow a thicker skin. I’m too sensitive. I let things get to me too much. Most people who struggle with depression are the same. We are more transparent and therefore absorb more into the gray matter of our brain than our thicker-skinned counterpoints.

In his book, Your Emotional Type, Michael A. Jawer and Marc S. Micozzi, Ph.D. examine the interplay of emotions, chronic illness and pain, and treatment success. They discuss how chronic conditions are intrinsically linked to certain emotional types.

I found the boundary concept they explain in the book — first developed by Ernest Hartmann, MD, of Tufts University — especially intriguing.

2 Comments to
Are You Thin or Thick Skinned? Knowing Your Emotional Type

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. The comments below begin with the oldest comments first. Click on the last comments page to jump to the most recent comments.

  1. Nice article – I always enjoy your content.
    FYI: I just linked this post to the first of a new series on my ADD-focused WordPress Blog (When Beloved has ADD . . . alternatives to murder and divorce)

    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, SCAC, MCC – (blogging at ADDandSoMuchMore and on ADDerWorld – dot com!) “It takes a village to transform a world!”

  2. “Thin-skinned”. That’s very much me! I just wished that I was not that way. I’m highly sensitive and introverted. Hearing some bad news about something that happened to someone, even if I don’t know them, can ruin my day.

    Especially lately with myself, I freak out when I see something on my skin that looks unusual and I freak out when I feel a pain or sore. I over react. I keep forgetting that it’s a “getting older” thing. Others have told me that I need to change that. It’s hard to just snap out of it.

    Yes, my senses go into overtime with work it seems.
    I feel that I have above-excellent hearing, feeling, and smelling. I wish it was that way with my eyes (LOL).

Join the Conversation!

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines.

Post a Comment:


(Required, will be published)

(Required, but will not be published)

(Optional)

Recent Comments
  • karen: AMEN! This is so true. :(
  • gigi: Thank you..i feel embarrassed about the waste of time and energy spent
  • Pam: I have had problems with depression for 39 years, and ALL of these were noted as symptoms, and have been for a...
  • INeedAdvice: This website has been a lot of help. I have visited multiple sites. My boyfriend is suffering from...
  • seekinghelp: Hello Dr. Bonnie, Has there been any recent (within the past couple of years) research linking EPA...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 7862
Join Us Now!