Sensitivity and offense are not the same thing, my love. When we tell others that they are too sensitive we do them a disservice for there is no such thing. On the other hand, there is such a thing as being too easily offended. Here’s the distinction.
Sensitivity is based on the degree of perception. A very sensitive person perceives to a greater extent than a non-sensitive person. Offense, on the other hand, is the meaning a person attaches TO what they perceive. This is totally and wholly within the realm of control of the person. Yes, perception is not a choice but offense is.
Bring easily offended tends to occur because one perceives others as being on the “offense” meaning the offended then becomes defensive. This is a by-product of a LACK of sensitivity not an abundance of it.
Bees are highly sensitive. They can detect temperature functions within a fraction of a degree, they can sense disease, they can detect the flight patterns of other bees and so much more. Their sensitivity, in fact, works for them and causes them to thrive. They are also not easily offended. You can brush them off and even stand by a bee hive and not get stung
Wasps, on the other hand, are far more easily offended. They are more aggressive, will sting you for walking by, assuming you’re there to do some damage. They are also not as sensitive to temperature fluctuations even within their own nest.
The thing is… The wasp’s behavior is not at all based on the person. It’s based on the wasp.
Being Bee-ish is so much better than being Wasp-ish, don’t you think?