I’ve been talking with several practitioners about a common personality trait among healers (and massage therapists). I went to a student herb clinic last night for an assessment, and it seemed that three of the four people in the room had the trait. Basically, it’s what you’d call sensitivity. There’s even a book called The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron that goes into detail about it.
Past experience has shown me that when people are sensitive like this, they:
- Don’t have a mean bone in their body. Hurting someone would almost be like hurting themselves.
- Are almost always “givers”.
- Because of the above two things, they are very trustworthy.
- Tend to be more artistic and aware than most people.
I’ve found sensitivity is often misunderstood – even by people who have the traits themselves. One practitioner I talked to is going to change the way she runs her office based on what we figured out. She thinks she’ll be happier AND save money. Understanding it can make a big difference.
What I’ve never really noticed before is that there’s an actual personality assessment that seems to reveal this trait. The Meyers-Briggs or Keirsey Type Indicator indicates 16 different personality “types”. One of them is actually called “The Healer.” Healers are almost always very sensitive.
You can try the assessment yourself – it’s free. There’s also a more official Keirsey Type indicator, but it’s less helpful and more black/white.
I’m curious to see just how prevalent this is. See what you come up with, and if you don’t mind, please post your personality type as a comment. Thanks!