What do you do when you feel you are born with an unbearable flaw, and you don’t know yet that you share it with 1.4 billion people. Rob and Jessica, brother and sister, grew up feeling just that, flawed. Inspired by the international bestseller The Highly Sensitive Person and global media sensation 36 Questions that lead to love, SENSITIVE AND IN LOVE tells their story.
What is high sensitivity? In not only our species, but over a hundred others, a minority of individuals come with an inborn survival strategy of greater sensitivity to what is going on around them. The foundation of the trait, found in about 20%, is DOES: Depth of processing, being easily overstimulated, emotional responsiveness, including intense empathy, and sensitive to the subtle.
Besides their sensitivity, the brother and sister share a traumatic childhood. High sensitivity and a painful upbringing are a dangerous combination. Jessica is an accomplished writer in San Francisco, but every one of her romantic relationships have crashed and burned. Rob is a successful music producer in Manila. Like many highly sensitive men, he hides his trait, his basic gentle kindness, behind a tough, sometimes angry exterior, His marriage is an inspiration to Jessica, but it is headed for a cliff, which Jessica will be part of when Rob invites Jessica to come to the Philippines for a much-needed break. While there, a single mistaken button press sends Jessica’s personal vlog about her family’s past out over the internet and it goes viral. Jessica’s world opens and leads to a global community of HSPs. A traumatic loss for Robbie when he was seven triggers a violent response to his wife when she is in crisis. But his terror during this ultimately opens this shut-down man to real family connection.
Increasingly cultures around the world revere the least sensitive, those who are tough and supremely competitive. We struggle to grow in our honoring of differences: race, gender, age. However, we still do not honor the most invisible and perhaps most important, our innate personality differences. And without this understanding, many couples and families struggle in the dark with this feature of their lives. Sensitive and in Love will help bring some light to this darkness.
Sensitive and in Love (Drama) follows the original documentary about the trait of high sensitivity - Sensitive-The Untold Story, featuring Alanis Morissette.