What Can Indigenous Peoples Teach the World About Resilience in the Face of Climate Despair?

How to Know if You’re a Highly Sensitive Person—And Why It’s Different From Being an Empath

Do the people in your life tell you how genuine and compassionate you are, that you’re extremely emotionally in tune with those around you? Then you might be a “highly sensitive person” (HSP), a personality type sometimes mistaken for an empath because they share a sense of true empathy for others. Here’s what it means to be a highly sensitive person, how to know if you are one, and why being an empath is actually a different thing, according to experts.

“When you’re a highly sensitive person, you’re taking in a lot of information from the environment around you. Over time, that can lead to feelings of anxiety.”

Julie Bjelland, psychotherapist 

Those who are highly sensitive “are really kind, caring, compassionate, empathetic, genuine people who want to help others and the world,” sensitivity expert and psychotherapist Julie Bjelland, LMFT, tells Health. High sensitivity is an innate trait you can’t develop or change. Both men and women fit the profile, Bjelland says, adding that 70% of HSPs are introverts and 30% are extroverts…READ ON

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What Can Indigenous Peoples Teach the World About Resilience in the Face of Climate Despair?

Fiona Watson, advocacy director for Survival International, has worked for more than 35 years to help Indigenous peoples across the world defend their lives and territories from land theft, forced development, and genocidal violence.

“Indigenous and tribal peoples show us other ways of being and thinking, different ways of thinking about life, about the planet, about the resources and how we use them.”

As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference draws to a close, and in the wake of this year’s UN report on climate change signaling a “code red for humanity, ” I spoke with Watson about what she has learned from decades of campaigning against seemingly impossible odds—and the importance of not losing hope…READ ON

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