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.

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Are You Thin or Thick Skinned? Knowing Your Emotional Type

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  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).

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