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Sensory Overload And how to cope
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Sensory overload has been found to be associated with disorders such as:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Autistic spectrum disorders
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
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Sensory overload occurs when one (or more) of the body’s senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment.
Basically it feels like everything is happening at once, and is happening too fast for you to keep up with.
Sensory overload can result from the overstimulation of any of the senses.
Hearing: Loud noise or sound from multiple sources, such as several people talking at once.
Sight: Bright lights, strobe lights, or environments with lots of movement such as crowds or frequent scene changes on TV.
Smell and Taste: Strong aromas or spicy foods.
Touch: Tactile sensations such as being touched by another person or the feel of cloth on skin.
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Obviously, everyone reacts in differently to sensory overload.
Some behavioural examples are:
Irritability — “Shutting down” — Covers eyes around bright lights — Difficulty concentrating Angry
outbursts — Refuses to interact and participate — Covers ears to close
out sounds or voices — Jumping from task to task without completing Overexcitement — Low energy levels — Difficulty speaking — Compains about noises not effecting others High energy levels — Sleepiness/fatigue — poor eye contact — Overly sensitive to sounds/lights/touch Fidgeting and restlessness — Avoids touching/being touched — Muscle tension — Difficulty with social interactions
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There are two different methods to prevent sensory overload: avoidance and setting limits:
Create a more quiet and orderly environment - keeping the noise to a minimum and reducing the sense of clutter.
Rest before big events.
Focus your attention and energy on one thing at a time.
Restrict time spent on various activities.
Select settings to avoid crowds and noise.
One may also limit interactions with specific people to help prevent sensory overload.
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It is important in situations of sensory overload to calm oneself and return to a normal level.
Remove yourself from the situation.
Deep pressure against the skin combined with proprioceptive input
that stimulates the receptors in the joints and ligaments often calms
the nervous system.
Reducing sensory input such as eliminating distressing sounds and lowering the lights can help.
Calming, focusing music works for some.
Take an extended rest if a quick break doesn’t relieve the problem.
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What if someone you know is experiencing sensory overload?
Recognize the onset of overload. If they appear to
have lost abilities that they usually have, such as forgetting how to
speak, this is often a sign of severe overload.
Reduce the noise level. If they are in a noisy area,
offer to guide them somewhere more quiet. Give time to process
questions and respond, because overload tends to slow processing. If you
can control the noise level, for example by turning off music, do so.
Do not touch or crowd them. Many people in SO are
hypersensitive to touch - being touched or thinking they are about to be
touched can worsen the overload. If they are seated or are a small
child, get down to their level instead of looming above them.
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Don’t talk more than necessary. Ask if you need to
in order to help, but don’t try to say something reassuring or get them
talking about something else. Speech is sensory input, and can worsen
If they have a jacket, they may want to put it on and put the hood up. This
helps to reduce stimulation, and many people find the weight of a
jacket comforting. If their jacket is not within reach, ask them if they
want you to bring it. A heavy blanket can also help in a similar way.
Don’t react to aggression. Don’t take it personally.
It is rare for someone who is overloaded to cause serious harm, because
they don’t want to hurt you, just get out of the situation. Aggression
often occurs because you tried to touched/restrained/blocked their
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When they have calmed down, be aware that they will often be tired and more susceptible to overload for quite awhile afterwards. It
can take hours or days to fully recover from an episode of sensory
overload. If you can, try to reduce stress occurring later on as well.
If they start self-injuring, you should usually not try to stop them.
Restraint is likely to make their overload worse. Only intervene if
they are doing something that could cause serious injury, such as hard
biting or banging their head. It’s a lot better to deal with self-injury indirectly by lowering overload.
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To summarise - Remember the 5 R’s
Recognise The symptoms of overload
Remove Yourself from the situation
Reduce the stimulus causing the overload
Relax Your body and calm yourself down
Rest Yourself as you will most likely feel fatigue.]
People who grew up emotionally neglected tend to carry some false beliefs about emotions in relationships. (By Jonice Webb)
Here’s a good, but not exhaustive, sampling:
1. Sharing your feelings or troubles with others will make them feel burdened.
2. Sharing your feelings or troubles with others will chase them away.
3. If you let other people see how you feel, they will use it against you.
4. Sharing your feelings with others will make you look weak.
5. Letting others see your weaknesses puts you at a disadvantage.
6. It’s best not to fight if you want to have a good relationship.
7. Talking about a problem isn’t helpful. Only action solves a problem.
Fortunately, not one of these beliefs is true. In fact, they are each and every one dead wrong. (The only exception is if you share your feelings with another emotionally neglected person, who may not have any idea how to respond). When you grow up receiving consistent direct or indirect messages that you should keep your feelings to yourself, it is natural to assume that those feelings are burdensome and undesirable to others.
Not completely in order cause I forgot the order. Some interesting dreams happening. Doctor Whooves is scared of a statue so definitely avoid that dream. Derpy is queen. Applejack is dreaming of being a baby with her parents holding her. Flim and Flam are filthy rich lol. Discord and the Smooze are having a pillow fight. Princess Cadance and Princess Flurry Heart are jamming out and Flurry is the DJ. And of course Starlight Glimmer is having a nightmare about Nightmare Moon and Daybreaker. Applejack’s is bittersweet.
Are you an ENFP and unsure of your enneagram type? Here’s an idea of what an ENFP of each type would look like.
*You’re likely to relate to more than one type. Your tritype is a combination of one type from the heart, head, and body centers, and your wing is the type located directly next to your core type that you identify with the most. If you’re really unsure, I’d start with finding one type from each center that you relate to the most, and go from there.
Heart Types (2,3,4)
Type 2 - “I just want to be loved”: A type 2 ENFP engages their
extroverted intuition to look for ways to be useful and helpful to those around
them, specifically to the people they care about. They are generally warm,
enthusiastic, and particularly kind and caring. ENFP 2s are especially drawn to
being there for others emotionally rather
than just physically. They’ll act as advocates for friends in crisis, and are
exceptional at making people feel seen and understood. Their Fi values
helpfulness, supportiveness, and making sure people know that they are loved.
However, they can become so dependent on being “needed” that they may
unintentionally become smothering at times. This ENFP may also become resentful
and vindictive if they are left to feel unappreciated.
Type 3 - “I just want to be recognized”: A type 3 ENFP engages their
dominant extroverted intuition to pursue new ideas and concepts that they hope
will help them achieve success or recognition. They hold achievement as one of
Fi’s deeply held values, which makes them motivated and ambitious. Their drive
for success is fueled by a fear of being worthless or disappointing to those they care about. They often have a well-developed Te that they use to sort
through all the possible paths to success that Ne brings to the table, and as a
result are more focused and driven than the stereotypical ENFP. Though they are
naturally quirky and creative, this ENFP is especially cognizant of their
image, hoping to be seen as particularly attractive, successful, smart, and
enviable by their peers.
Type 4 - “I just want to be different”: A type 4 ENFP accepts and takes
pride in their natural quirkiness. They engage their extroverted intuition to
explore possibilities, ideas, and concepts that are innovative, different, and
own-able as uniquely theirs. They likely have a highly developed introverted
feeling function (Fi), which makes this ENFP especially cognizant of their personal opinions, ideas, emotions, and
tastes. At their best, they are particularly creative, artistic, and visionary,
and appear to others as if they are truly and enviably comfortable with being
themselves. They take pride in being different than others and, though they
crave appreciation for their uniqueness, they actually enjoy being misunderstood.
This ENFP is especially susceptible to “special snowflake” syndrome, which can
result in a “nobody can possibly understand me” mentality or an inflated sense
Head Types (5,6,7)
Type 5 - “I just want to understand”: A type 5 ENFP is defined by
their exceptional curiosity and inventiveness. These talents are driven by
their dominant extroverted intuition, which leads them to become absorbed in
countless theoretical possibilities, ideas, and concepts. They are somewhat
more withdrawn than the stereotypical ENFP, preoccupied with a restless desire
to “figure things (or people) out”. Their Fi values intellectual capability and competence.
They often have well-developed Te, which they use to understand, categorize,
and streamline their understanding of the world. They’re likely to want to contribute
something original and innovative to society. They’re often treasure troves of
random knowledge and facts, which they’ve collected in the hopes that being
knowledgeable will help prepare to deal with the world around them. On the flip
side, this ENFP may be prone to know-it-all-ism as well as an unproductive
tendency to ignore their emotions and insecurities, which often lie closer to
the surface than they’d like.
Type 6 - “I just want to be reassured”: A type 6 ENFP is particularly
loyal to both their friends and their beliefs. This loyalty, which manifests as
stubbornly sticking to their Fi values, or being there for friends or
loved-ones unconditionally, stems out of a fear of being unsupported. Once
they’ve established that something is safe and secure, they’d rather not let go
of it. These ENFPs are aware of and nervous about the impracticality and
emotional nature of their Ne and Fi, and therefore worry that they cannot take
care of themselves on their own. Generally, they are less spontaneous or reckless than the stereotypical ENFP, because they prefer to establish
security before embarking in ambiguous territory. For this reason, they prefer
to use Ne to explore various potential outcomes in addition to interesting
hypothetical concepts. At their best, they’re fascinating hybrids of creativity
and stability, standing by their beliefs and loved ones with intense passion.
At their worst, they can be chronically anxious and prone to Si grips.
Type 7 - “I just want to enjoy life”: A type 7 ENFP represents the
full embodiment of dominant extroverted intuition: innovative, optimistic, curious, exploratory
and restless in the pursuit of possibilities. They see life as an endless sea
of exciting opportunities, ideas, concepts, theories, and experiences to
explore. They are typically enthusiastic, versatile, and action-oriented, with
a fun-loving attitude and a relentless appetite for life. They are particularly
passionate about ideas that excite them, and though they are prone to starting
more projects than they can possibly finish, they can also be intensely focused
on something for hours as long as it captivates their interest. This ENFP is
passionate and sensitive, but also has a tendency to distract themselves from
their emotions or problems instead of dealing with them head on. At their worst,
they can be scattered, unreliable, avoidant, inattentive, leaving messes for
others to clean up in their wake.
Body Types (8,9,1)
Type 8 - “I just want to be in control”: A type 8 ENFP is highly
individualistic and loathes being controlled. Their dominant Ne leads them on
an endless quest to pursue possibilities and interests, and they will stop at
nothing to ensure that they can do so as they please. This ENFP believes
strongly in their Fi values, which they respect much more than traditional
authority. Therefore, if this ENFP believes something is right or true, then
they will act accordingly no matter what anyone else has to say. They can be
incredible leaders, inspiring others through their originality, charm,
confidence, and go-getter attitude. They’re assertive and straight talking, yet
also highly emotional, and often have an underlying layer of anger simmering
beneath the surface. Though they often excel at understanding people and giving
them straightforward advice, they hate feeling vulnerable, and in true Fi fashion are
uncomfortable talking about their feelings with others. If left unchecked, this
ENFP can be vulnerable to outbursts of anger as well as a pushy, domineering
Type 9 - “I just want to have peace of mind”: A type 9 ENFP is particularly
peaceful, agreeable and go-with-the-flow. They’re generally calm and
optimistic, preferring a “positive outlook” mindset to dwelling on negative
possibilities. It’s very important to this ENFP to feel connected to and
understood by other people. Their patience and insight about people makes them
exceptional advice givers. They use their Ne to explore possibilities and
concepts that interest them (especially those related to people), but are
blocked from the “go-getting” mindset of Ne by the fear of creating friction or
conflict with others that could disturb their peace of mind. This ENFP instead
focuses their energy on “merging” with others, taking on their friends problems
as their own instead of developing a strong sense of ambition or self. They
deal with anger by numbing out their emotions, which prompts them into
wondering whether the strong emotions they do feel are even real at all. At
their worst, this ENFP can be painfully unassertive, lazy, or asleep to their
own desires or goals.
Type 1 - “I just want to do what’s right”: A type 1 ENFP constantly searches for new, innovative methods of improvement for both themselves and others. Their dominant Ne is restless in its quest for rightness and betterment. This ENFP has a highly developed introverted feeling function (Fi), which makes them rigidly adhere to what they personally believe is moral, good, or “right”, which can result in “moral perfectionism”. This ENFP may feel particularly drawn to social justice causes, believing that it is their duty or responsibility to be the change they want to see in the world. If their Te is well developed, this ENFP can be quite forceful and persistent in enforcing their ethical standards. If their Te is underdeveloped, this fear of imperfection can be paralyzing. At their worst, they can be up on a high horse and critical of those around them.
alright then han sung. since you say you're that smart, solve this without using any calculator. find the arc length of three x times the square root of seven minus two from x equals zero to one half.
*stares at equation while deeply thinking* well, there are two 'twos' in the equation- minus two and the denominator from the one half. the number two sounds like the letter 'u', and u is between the letters 't' and 'v' in the alphabet.
but tvs aren't really relevant anymore because everybody has computers now, so it's kind like... if you have two tvs, what is it even-
You’re all going to kill me but I don’t specially like summer. Let me explain.
I like not having to study, good weather and being able to do whatever I want. But if I stay in my city I get extremely bored. I need to be continuously doing new things, talking to different people, I need excitement. I don’t even like going out with my friends because it’s all the time the same thing. I mean, I love them but I’d like to meet new people or at least have different plans with the ones I know instead of just hanging out in the street. I feel like this city suffocates me, it’s too small, I feel trapped. I kinda prefer when I have class because I have more things to do and I get distracted. It’s okay to have free time but too much is really tiring if you don’t know to spend it.